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.


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 Read More

Translation Challenge #4…(eng-swa)

“Last night I had a strange dream. In it, I was being strangled by an unknown person. I tried to scream and ask for help but no sound would come out. As I started losing consciousness , I faintly heard mom’s voice calling me. I tried hard to respond but couldn’t………..then I suddenly woke up!”

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