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Kiswahili Teacher June 2008

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Kiswahili Teacher June 2008

Time Will Tell Barely visible at first, Mount Kenya rises out of the dark in an ever changing display of colors. “Saa ngapi” = what time is it?” “Saa moja asubuhi” = “one in the morning,” the smiling reply comes promptly. – Excuse me??? …but the sun is now rising steadily over the peaks of Mount Kenya so there surely must have been a misunderstanding – or is there? Saa Moja (Asubuhi) = Hour One of Morning Sunrise on the Equator – the beginning of a brand new day filled with adventures yet to be experienced. On the Equator, the sun rises and sets with twelve hour intervals. All year round, 6am and 6pm you can almost set your watch by it – 12 hours of daylight, 12 hours of dark. (You knew that from school...

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Kiswahili Teacher July 2007

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Kiswahili Teacher July 2007

A Friend in Kenya Here is a word you will soon need to use on your safari: Rafiki = Friend (pronounce: Rufeekee) Kenyans are a friendly lot. They have a great sense of humor and love to share a joke and a laugh. Most will be thrilled to have you for a new Rafiki. And just so you’re ready, here’s a little funny wisdom you can share now that you’re “rafikis” “Yes’m, old friends is always best, less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of”. Happy hunting! Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...

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Kiswahili Teacher December 2006

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Kiswahili Teacher December 2006

Kiswahili Teacher selected a wonderful word for you, fit for this season: Nipe = Give A word often heard in Africa (nipe kitu kidogo = give something small) Not a beggars pray, here it is honest talk, heart to heart. In answer even the smallest gesture delights. A hug for a child, a warm smile for a lonely soul, Apples for Santa’s reindeer… Or whatever warms your heart, The gift is yours! Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...

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Kiswahili Teacher April 2006

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Kiswahili Teacher April 2006

This month, Kiswahili Teacher is venturing into Musical lyrics, motivated by the promise of spring, Valentines Day just past, romantic May just ahead… There is a famous Kiswahili song that, once heard, stays on your mind. Composed ages ago it is today as popular as ever: Malaika = Angel The song refers, of course, not to some supernatural saintly messenger of God, the conventional Image of a white robed figure in human form with wings and a halo. But rather to what we all need and wish for most in life: a guardian Angel of celestial purity to call our own, the invisible helper to drive away all our demons and pave the way for eternal happiness. And now we have our own little Angel here at the Conservancy in the form of a delightful little bongo-girl born in...

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Kiswahili Teacher November 2005

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Kiswahili Teacher November 2005

All the talk on the street, even on the remotest path in Kenya these days is about… Bananas and Oranges! This time around it has nothing to do\ with good health or agriculture, it’s all about the new Constitution on the table, to be voted in or out at the November 21 referendum. NDISI = banana (pronounce: ndeesee) CHUNGWA = orange (pronounce : choongwa) The “yes” camp has chosen the banana as a symbol. The “no” camp has chosen the orange. Now with the keen sense of humor most Kenyans are equipped with, we are bound to hear some good measure of “fruit salad” jokes !! If you’re touring the country and eyeing some of the tasty tropical fruits offered at every street corner, be sure to get an equal mix of chungwa...

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Kiswahili Teacher September 2005

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Kiswahili Teacher September 2005

Africa at Night After your long summer recess, we hope you are ready for another Swahili word. We will let you off easy. The word is: Tochi (pronounce: Torchee) To shed some light: yes of course, it means Flashlight. In Africa, (not just on Safari,) we never leave home without it. Power cuts are frequent and may find you all soaped up in the tub. Even the best campfire fades in the wee hours to give way to the mysterious night noises of the bush. You may just want to have a look, peek out of your tent. It is not unlikely to spot a passing Hyena, even a Lion or maybe just chase away the night-zebra (mare). Fumbling for the unfamiliar lantern will by now have you in a sweat of fear. If only you had asked for a “tochi” to put under your pillow…....

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Kiswahili Teacher April 2005

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Kiswahili Teacher April 2005

We have had our share of wild fires this season. It brings to mind an old Swahili saying with multiple meaning: Dawa ya moto ni moto (The medicine for fire is fire) It rang home when the boys + girl from Idaho taught us how to safely back burn, to starve the oncoming blaze. And again it proved right in the treatment of the after effects of the victory (over the fire) party. Dawa ya moto ni moto -Fight fire with fire, (or the hair of the dog…) You’ll know what we mean! Cheers! Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...

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Kiswahili Teacher November 2004

»Posted on Nov 24, 2004 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher November 2004

This month I am teaching you a very new word, I just learnt it myself, as it did not exist a few years ago. Like in any language words change and new ones are added as our lives change. Electronic technology caught on fast in Africa. It has brought people together like no other media before and it has become the great bridge over the gap of distance that has traditionally divided the developed world from the rest. Our lives will never be the same again. BARUA PEPE means: E-MAIL! Literally it translates like this: Barua = letter Pepe, short for Pepea = to fly or flying Nowadays it is not unusual to see a Maasai In the middle of what we used to call ‘nowhere,’ talking on a mobile phone while herding his cattle. And in his small village you may not find...

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Kiswahili Teacher March 2004

»Posted on May 27, 2004 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher March 2004

The news about the drunken chimps got us wondering… You have not yet learned how to invite your new best friend for a drink!! Well here you go: Karibu kinywaji pombe Karibu: welcome, join us! Kinywaji: drink Pombe: an alcoholic drink But my best friend objects to this ‘mouthful’ He is definitely the more experienced (drinker?) in our family, and refers to his favorite brew as : Dawa ya malaria Dawa: medicine ya: for Malaria: malaria Now you definitely deserve that drink, Pretending it is medicinal… Karibu dawa ya malaria! Cheers! (For which I have yet to learn a Swahili equivalent) Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...

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Kiswahili Teacher February 2004

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Kiswahili Teacher February 2004

Most of your time on Safari is taken up with what must be the worlds’ second greatest hobby: Photography Piga Picha (pronounce: pega pitcher) To take a photograph. So you should at least be able to tell your driver when something has caught your attention that you want to record with your camera. “Piga” (literally: strike, beat, hit) is one of those very useful words that can be attached to all sorts of other words resulting in totally different meanings: Just to name a few: Piga hema… to camp (hema: tent) Piga goli… to score (goli: goal) Piga simu… to telephone (simu: telephone) You get the gist. Here is my all time favorite, (not that you will need it much in Kenya): But it can also be aptly applied to stop any domestic...

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Kiswahili Teacher January 2004

»Posted on Jan 27, 2004 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher January 2004

All through January we wish each other a happy New Year. At first it makes us feel good having survived yet another pre-Christmas rush followed by the usual overindulgence. It also distracts us from thinking about those infamous New Years resolutions. After a while the traditional greeting grows stale and sounds like ‘have a nice day’. This is definitely the time to switch to Kiswahili. Salama Mwaka Mpya (Pronounce: salama mukka empea) At first they think you have flipped, but a relieved smile will come over their faces when you translate. The world is still in order. Salama generally means: fine Mwaka: year Mpya : New Salama is one of the most useful words in the language, You can not only use it to greet anybody you pass, but also as a casual reply...

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Kiswahili Teacher December 2003

»Posted on Dec 27, 2003 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher December 2003

Now it is time to learn the Kiswahili version of what we all say to each other several times a day at this time of the year: Sikuku Njema The traditional Swahili greeting at Christmas and more important: asante sana to ‘Baba Krismasi’ Should you be lucky enough to spot him on his way back up Mount Kenya Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...

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Kiswahili Teacher October 2003

»Posted on Oct 27, 2003 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher October 2003

The people of Kenya pride themselves in their hospitality towards visitors. And it is true. As you will soon find out on your Safari you will be made to feel special. But as much as we may try to anticipate your every wish, we would consider it an honor if you let us take care of any additional things we may have overlooked. So here’s how to get that extra towel, toilet paper, hairdryer, bug spray, whatever: Mimi nataka… pronounce: meme natucka This should be easy to remember: Mimi = Me Nataka = Want So now with everything at your fingertips, you’re all set! And while we’re at it, starting this month Swahili Teacher will teach you the Swahili name of the wild animal that “stars” in our feature story. This time it’s easy...

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Kiswahili Teacher October 2003

»Posted on Oct 25, 2003 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher October 2003

“Baba Krismasi” as seen by Artist Denis Murphy Now it is time to learn the Kiswahili version of what we all say to each other several times a day at this time of the year: Sikuku Njema The traditional Swahili greeting at Christmas and more important: asante sana to ‘Baba Krismasi’ Should you be lucky enough to spot him on his way back up Mount Kenya. On behalf of everyone here at the Animal Orphanage we wish you and your loved ones a happy and peaceful Christmas and may all your dreams come true in 2004! We hope that you will continue to be part of our growing circle of friends. In 2004 this page will bring you all new stories and the latest Critter News from the Ranch and Animal Orphanage. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...

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Kiswahili Teacher September 2003

»Posted on Sep 27, 2003 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher September 2003

Half the fun on holiday is… you guessed, shopping. You will have plenty of opportunity to see all kinds of ingenious handicrafts and tribal artifacts at the little markets scattered throughout the country. Bargaining is of course expected. In fact the more skill at bargaining the more respect you will earn. This in turn will result in a lower end price. Here is the magic phrase for bargaining: Bei gani? …How much is it? (pronounce: bay gani) Alternating your voice and facial expression when you exclaim: ‘bei gani’ …will amuse and attract more vendors, ready to lower the price as they will now get into competition with one-another. They will take over the Kiswahili conversation for you, all you need to do is nod occasionally. When all...

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Kiswahili Teacher August 2003

»Posted on Aug 27, 2003 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher August 2003

Wandering the wilds of Africa may be your idea of fun. But it is never easy for someone from another world. Someone who has been brainwashed to ignore their natural instincts and rely on Road Signs, Information Highways. And Governments responsible for providing common sense! So you will get lost! Let us hope not in the jungle out there amongst unfamiliar fauna, but maybe even in the lodge’s parking lot where all the foreign cars look the same to you… you will need to know how to ask: I am looking for…: Natafuta Seeing you wander about with that confused look on your pale face, most of our friendly people will understand the rest… Natafuta Driver Natafuta Hotelli Natafuta Chakula Natafuta Choo (Toilet) If you can’t remember...

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Kiswahili Teacher July 2003

»Posted on Jul 27, 2003 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher July 2003

You have learnt so far: Jambo, habari: hello, how are you Tengeneza hii: make this right Kuuliza sio ujinga: to ask does not mean one is stupid Today’s word: Mzuri pronounce: missouri Mzuri means simply “good” It is a handy word to know. Lets face it, when you first go on Safari you are going to love every minute of it… mzuri It starts in the baggage hall, your bag appears after you had many hours of wondering if you’d ever see it again… mzuri The customs officer says “Jambo, habari” you say… mzuri You get to your first camp, hot shower, good food and ice in the drinks… mzuri You order another by saying “tangeneza hii” and it appears!! … mzuri Next morning, first sunrise in the African...

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Kiswahili Teacher June 2003

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Kiswahili Teacher June 2003

June is the month of Fathers Day in many countries, when the intrepid male leadership of the family is rightly saluted and otherwise celebrated. And it’s on this theme that your Swahili Teacher has selected his local bon mot of the month, appropriate we think to the occasion. “Kuuliza sio ujinga” (pronounce: kooleesa seeo ujenga) It means, liberally translated: “To ask does not mean one is stupid” And it would pertain, of course, when the intrepid dad gets lost on Safari. Or more generally, perhaps, when he sensibly defers to the advice & consent of his “better half” Have a wonderful “Baba’s Day” Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...

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Kiswahili Teacher May 2003

»Posted on May 27, 2003 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher May 2003

Today you are going to learn the most important ‘must know’ phrase of the language. If you appreciate magic, and wish to see instant, bewildering results from a Swahili conjuror’s command, all you need to do is point your finger and utter these words: Tengeneza hii (pronounced: tanganesa hee) Miraculously the person addressed will divine what you’re getting at and – Shazam! – it’s done. That’s because, literally translated, ‘tengeneza hii‘ means: ‘Make this right!’ Try it on your room steward, for instance, on your first day in East Africa. If, at nightfall, you point in the direction of the drapes and declaim the phrase ‘tengeneza hii’ he will close them forthwith. Repeat it next...

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Kiswahili Teacher April 2003

»Posted on Apr 27, 2003 in Kiswahili Teacher | 0 comments

Kiswahili Teacher April 2003

Your first word is (not jambo, you all know that one already), but: Habari The literal translation for this word is: News But in practical terms it can mean: How are you?, as in: What is your news? So there you are, the next person that shouts “Jambo” you answer: “Habari” like a pro. Now you will probably be showered in the latest News hot from the press, all gibberish to you, but A good reason to stick with your… Swahili Teacher !! Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...

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