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"Jina lake la mwalimu wake ni nani?"

Translation:What is the name of his teacher?

February 20, 2017



Literally "Name his of teacher his is what?".

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Lake vs wake?

La vs wa?


It's because the word "jina" is part of a different noun class to "mwalimu". The prefixes of an adjective in Swahili depend on the class of the noun that it's describing...it's complicated! So for jina it's lake but mwalimu is wake, with the root adjective being -ake.

I'm sure it'll be better explained as you go down the tree :)


Is this sentence structure correct? Sounds a bit strange to me with both "lake" and "la mwalimu".

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