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Kiswahili

Written on: Monday November 12th, 2012

A journal entry from: Clea's Kenya

Habari! Ninajifunza Kiswahili. (Which means Hello, I am learning Swahili). It isn't strictly necessary to learn Swahili in Kenya since everyone goes to school in English and speaks it, although with varying degrees of fluency. However, I thought that this would be a great opportunity to pick up at least a little bit for my own personal enjoyment!

 

So far Amita and I have had three lessons, and we've about mastered greetings and the present tense of regular verbs. We have two-hour classes every Saturday at a school that's about a forty-minute walk from our house. It looked originally like we would be four in the class, but in the end only Amita and I can make it. And it's still only about $13 for the two hours!

 

Verbs are thankfully easy. In the present tense all you do is add a subject (for example 'ni' for 'I'), the tense ('na' for the present), and then the verb. So, for example, if you want to say "I am sleeping," it would be "Ninalala." For "You are sleeping," it is "Unalala." Much easier than Russian at any rate!

 

I asked our teacher, Kariuki, if I could take some pictures for my blog, and he was alright with that. So enjoy!