February 20, 2017

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what does the n prefix mean in this case, as opposed to mzuri?


The n- is used with the noun class 9/10 (the N-class). I think that's used as the standard answer to greetings because habari is in this class, so you say habari nzuri (good news) but mtu mzuri (good person), watu wazuri (good people), kitanda kizuri (good bed), vitanda vizuri (good beds) and jina zuri (good name), majina mazuri (good names).

I think they're teaching us that here because they have to pick one of them and the n- form is the one we'll be using as a reply to greeting phrases. The n-form might be kind of a default option as well, for all I know, because the n class seems to be, from what I've seen, kind of a default for unknown inanimate things.


nzuri (mainly used for objects) i.e: chakula nzuri(good food)

mzuri (for people) i.e: mimi ni mzuri(i 'm good) (a good person) yeye ni mzuri (he/she/they are good)/ (a good person)

watu wazuri (they are good)/ (good people)


When hovering my mouse over 'nzuri', one of the translations is 'beautiful'. Yet when I answer 'beautiful', it is false and suggests 'Good' as the right answer.


"Beautiful" was accepted on April 23, 2017.


Yet "nice" was accepted.


It accepted it for me.


yes 'nzuri' can be used for 'good' and 'nice'


Is "nzuri" an acceptable answer to the greetings we learned in this lesson? Like -Habari za nyumbani? (How is your home?) -Nzuri! (Good)

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    I'm guessing that this is the more formal way of replying as opposed to "poa", which I'd assume is the slang term like (cool)?


    I would also like to know how these two words compare to one another.


    'poa' is slang. tho it really means : good/ fine and when discribing people as 'good people' it more means he/she/they are 'fine'/ 'ok'/ 'chill' but not 'good person'


    Is this the best way to learn Swahili on your own? Is there any better resource(s)?


    I use it in conjunction with the Swahili lessons on Innovative 101 app (paid version is really good if you use it on your computer) and free lessons on livelingua.com. There are also some great videos on YouTube including the three from Swahili Dar Language School.


    I have no background in Swahili so maybe this is a silly question, but what's the difference between safi and nzuri? In Duo both are translated to mean good. Thank you.


    Nzuri actually means good.


    What does it mean I had it right but It said I had it wrong........... :(


    They didn't have the answer so I went with my gut


    nzuri just means great


    Where is the audio?

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