jioni (n class, plural jioni)
evening (time of day)
Hi, ehm, since duolingo has no private chat, I just wanted to say that I am highly impressed by the variety of the languages you learn and already seem to speak. You are goals, honestly. I've also never seen somebody speaking a language like swahili which is spoken very few around the world (compared to english, spanish) better than any other foreign language.
Asante sana rafiki! Actually, I am trying to practice also with native speakers on Internet, and I can see they often mix English with Swahili. Still I think it is hard for me to read some documents in Wikipedia and web newspapers in Swahili, but I hope to can accomplish with that some day. Also, I am interested in Malagasy (Madagascar) because I want to learn Austronesian languages, so I will try to make a course with Tinycards with some basic vocabulary from WildMadagascar.org (http://www.wildmadagascar.org/people/malagasy-english.html), to can remind better the words. I know people from Mada use different dialects of Malagasy as well as they speak French, and not always they use English. In some parts of the isle, they also can speak Swahili. I would say that it is harder to pronounce Malagasy than Swahili, but I think it is easier to learn for those that already know Arabic, and even Indonesian. It would be nice to see more African languages in Duolingo for the future. =)
Literally it means something like "news of the evening." That's not too natural in English, so you can translate it as a more natural English question, or with the cultural equivalent (what a native English speaker would be likely to say in the same situation), which can be just "good evening."