LESSON #85: Kupiga…

The verb kupiga can be used in combination with different nouns to mean many things. The verb itself means to hit or beat.

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The list is pretty much inexhaustible so here’s a couple of phrases:

  • Kupiga mswaki  

    – to brush one’s teeth

  • Kupiga simu 

    – to make a phone call

  • Kupiga kelele 

    – to shout/scream

  • Kupiga domo – to talk (and talk, and talk…)
  • Kupiga makofi – to clap
  • Kupiga ngoma 

    – to beat/play drums

  • Kupiga mluzi 

    – to whistle

  • Kupiga hodi 

    – to knock (at someone’s door/house)

  • Kupiga msasa 

    – to smoothen wood with sandpaper, etc

  • Kupiga randa 

    – to plane (wood)

  • Kupiga ramli 

    – to fortune-tell from markings on sand

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