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"Sisi ni wanawake wakenya."

Translation:We are Kenyan women.

February 21, 2017



The singular is 'mwanamke' - is this an irregular plural? (If it were regular, it would be 'wanamke' in the plural, right?)


Yes, it may be easiest to think of wanawake as simply an irregular plural (and thankfully, there are very few irregular anythings in Swahili!).

But the deeper grammatical answer is that mwanamke is actually a contraction of two words: mwana + mke (denoting female). When it changes to plural, both halves change from m- to wa-. (Note: in the case of mwana, a "w" is inserted after the m- prefix because it is followed by a vowel. And yes, you are right about what the regular plural would be.)


thanks kshuck2, understanding this actually does make it easier to remember.


Might be easier also to think about it this way;

Singular: mwana + mke = mwanamke,

Plural: wana + wake = wanawake

I hope that helps.


Its funny to hear the male voice saying this.


what's the difference between kenyan ladies and kenyan women?


I guess there's no difference.


How does one say in Swahili, "Go home Emilian. You're DRUNK!" I ask because I'm fairly certain this is not a Kenyan woman, nor a woman of any kind. Further, I'm also certain this is the same man who, in earlier lessons identified himself as 'Emilian'. Emilian si mwanamke. Emilian ni mwanaume, na ninafikiri amekuwa akinywa.


Nenda nyumbani Emilian.umelewa.Those are my separate transalations to your separate questions.hope it helps others too


He is too loud! Very annoying, especially since the female speaks so softly. He could cure me of the desire to learn Swahili. Wanted more to learn Xhosa anyway.


Any sentence that starts "sisi ni..." makes me start singing the "Sisi ni panya" song from Ubongo Kids!


Why does Duolingo keep using male voices say female things and female voices to say male things? Perhaps it's a recognition of transgender identity but I do find that linguistically it makes comprehension more difficult.

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