LESSON #55: Je, wajua? (#6)

Did you know that all languages begin with the prefix KI- in Swahili? And by virtue of them beginning with this particular prefix, they automatically fall into the KI-VI noun class (only serious Swahili learners will know what I mean by this!)

So a couple of examples for you:

Kiingereza– English

Kijapani– Japanese

Kichina– Chinese

Kihispania– Spanish

Kiitaliano– Italian

Kifaransa– French

Kidachi/Kijerumani- German

Kireno– Portuguese

Kilatino– Latin


And some E. Afrikan languages to add to the mix:

Kikaguru, Kikamba, (I should speak these 2, however….!) Kikikuyu, Kichaga, Kipare, Kijita, Kijaluo, Kiluhya, Kiganda…….

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3 Responses to LESSON #55: Je, wajua? (#6)

  1. boga says:

    is german really kidachi? i thought german is kijerumani and kidachi is the language of the netherlands?

  2. lisensei07 says:

    It’s an interesting one this one since some translations say German whilst others say Dutch. However the German one is literally derived from Deutsch. But you are right, Kijerumani is also very commonly used and I should actually add it to the list.

  3. boga says:

    Due to the fact that dutch in english is meaning the people and also the language which are coming from the netherlands i think even in swahili they have this difference between german and the netherlands, as they the word dachi and ujerumani, sounds like swahili speakers would pronunce the words they hear from english? but seems like to be a common mistake…

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