Kiswahili Teacher November 2004

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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.

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 any writing paper but often there is a cyber café with a single computer working off a battery and a mobile phone. And you’ll be surprised: most of the local folks you meet have e-mail addresses.

With the help of yahoo and one literate friend a whole new world opens to those you have come to look in on. Now we can chose our ‘neighbors’ from all over the world.

We hope you will become ours. We always welcome a barua pepe with your comments from wherever you are:
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