Moving on from lesson #81 (“dh-” sound), let’s look at two of m- combination sounds that may give Swahili learners a bit of a headache.
This sounds the same as in the English words remember, December, number etc.
So you get mba – mbe – mbi – mbo – mbu
And Swahili words like nambari, embe, mbio, mboga, mbu na kadhalika (etc)
I believe this sound doesn’t exist in English (ready to stand corrected of course).
You get mwa – mwe – mwi – mwo – mwu
And Swahili words like mwanadamu, mwezi, mwizi, mwongozo, mwuguzi na kadhalika.
So now you’ve learnt 4 important Swahili sounds plus of course the vowels hence your pronunciation has no business being mediocre still, you should have been upgraded atleast about 20-30%?!
Till next time…