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"Juma ni Mmarekani."

Translation:Juma is American.

February 22, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drbazzi

Is the "mm" in "Mmarekani" pronounced as a sequence of two [m]s or just as one [m]?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/133baby

It's pronounced as two ms


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John M.

Actually, it's kind of both. You don't break the "m" sound, but you change the pitch of your voice slightly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/133baby

Thanks for correcting :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katie105911

In this word, the first M is a whole separate syllable. It's easier to hear in words like mtoto where the two sounds are different


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Male name. Meaning: born a Friday, comes from the Arabic.

http://www.thenamemeaning.com/juma/


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John M.

Juma is actually just the day of the week; "Friday". Though you're not completely wrong because it is very common for people born on Fridays to be named Juma in Kiswahili-speaking countries.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliverBens1

How would you say "Juma was American"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John M.

Like if he died? "Juma alikuwa Mmarekani" Though as a native speaker, people in my area say "muamerika" instead of "mmarekani".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Is it dialect or proper Swahili? If proper, you should report to add it to the curse!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaLenaa1

Salut , cest le swahili du Kenya donc le plus connu ce nest pas le dialecte là.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

Please specify your area as there are many related Bantu languages.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John M.

I don't think there is a difference between "proper" Kiswahili and a dialect, just as American English and British English are both "proper" but are different dialects of the same language. But the Kiswahili that I'm familiar with is from Kenya, it's where my family is from, and I've grown up speaking it at home even though I was born in the US.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

Thank you, you should report it, just like British words are reported to add to the American English. It is useful to know which words are more used in which country. I am always happy to learn about the differences of the different dialects.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clar354072

yeah, i would say it like that too


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clar354072

juma alikua mmarekani


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamiaELSharkawy

so i know juma in arabic means friday.. in seeking the answer is written "Day" does juma means word "Day" in swahili or they day "Friday"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CandaceRA

Is this a male or female name?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bjyap

Why are there no voice recordings for Swahili in this module?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robbadob

There is now a voice recording of this sentence, and a fine one at that! They are working on it.
[2019/04/02]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heysoos1

Why not wamerikani?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

"wamerikani" is plural, but "Juma" is just one male person.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NissanBarbarroja

If you're American, your name is an American name. There is no such thing as an "American sounding" name, even if some names are more common. All Americans are originally immigrants from somewhere else, even Native Americans. People that are now American come from all over the world.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

My (female) dog is called Juma! Yeye ni Mportugal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew82126

Where is the sound? :s


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clar354072

i love this thing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuBichNgoc1

How to pronoun this sentence. Please help me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

Check here for many Swahili words. https://forvo.com/languages/sw/ Check the Tips and notes in the online version also.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuBichNgoc1

Thanks , I will check it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John M.

Kiswahili doesn't have gender-specific pronouns, it's odd for an English speaker to grasp the concept at first, but words such as "he" and "she" simply don't exist. Also, there are no words for "the, a," and "an".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rose_618

that hard I now some words in swahili


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anirine

So here it says „juma“ also means „day“ but other sources say it means „week“ and comments here say it means „Friday“, what is right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/audi771228

Yes i am American


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarah575351

Can't get the sound to work


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KileyJanee

No actual recording or sound was played during this exercise, just a heads up. I would have liked to hear a native Swahili speaking person. Next time?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScootThatloot

Why can't I hear how to pronounce words in Swahili?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimStrksen

Sound button doesn work here


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jerrod63

I couldn't really here the beginning of the sentence


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DontStopStudying

I found on a online course that nationality that starts with a vowel usually put Mw- instead of M-. So they use Mwarekani instead of Mmarekani. Is it wrong? Or are them both right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DestinyGre24562

When do you use Mkenya and when do you use Wakenya


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DontStopStudying

Mkenya is singular, Wakenya is plural instead


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Israel_MG

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