Did you sleep well, if this is to be believed. http://wikitravel.org/en/Swahili_phrasebook
Though on the basis of the literal translation offered, I would have assumed 'how are you?'
Looking at this again, there is no comma in the English. So the person to whom we are speaking is being asked how they roused Emilian from sleep. I'm not sure that's what they meant!
There should be a comma :) To wake SOMEBODY would be "(ku)amsha" - "to make somebody wake up"
"How did you wake up?" is a way of saying "Good morning" to someone. So, the natural translation should be "Good morning"
Hi, I am trying to break the word into its part to see the patterns; I am assuming... ume must be the prefix - what does this prefix mean? je must be the suffix - what does this bit mean? and so I am assuming amka is the verb to wake? I am only on the greeting level so this bit hasn't been explained yet!
Hi. Here is the breakdown you asked for.
u + me + amka + je
u : second person singular "you",
me: present perfect tense marker,
amka: verb root from infinitive "kuamka", which means "to wake up",
je : question tag "how".
So loosely put together literally, this would be "you have woken up how" .
I hope that helps.
Thanks for this precious help. Just correct the one line there, because I think many people will want to learn from this explanation :D
first person singular "you",
That is not correct; first person singular is "I", second person singular is "you" and third person singular "he/she"
Literally "How did you wake (up)?" and "How did you sleep?" So just alternative greetings to say the same thing. (like Hi vs. Hello or Hey ;))
How would Emilio respond to this? Would he say he slept well (or poorly I guess) and ask the same of the asker, or does this not need a direct answer at all?
The answer (to all greeting quesions) would always be "Njema" "Salama" "Nzuri" - so, well/peaceful/nicely... :) - it is ritualized
although the exact meaning of the sentence is " how did you wake up Emilia " , it is a figure of speech that means " Did you sleep well "
Good morning....how are you...did you sleep well...how are you now after the night's sleep....seems to be the inference.