"Juma ni jina la Mtanzania"

Translation:Juma is the name of the Tanzanian

February 22, 2017



is "juma is a tanzanian name" wrong?

February 22, 2017


Yes. Mtanzania can either be the adjective "Tanzanian", or the noun "a/the Tanzanian". In both cases it refers to a person, not a name, because of the M-prefix. I'm not sure excactly what "Juma is a Tanzanian name" would translate to, but it might be "Juma ni jina Tanzania"

February 28, 2017


It's an accepted translation now. It might not be a perfect word for word translation, but "the name of a tanzanian" is hardly proper english, so "a tanzanian name" makes a lot more sense, especially if "la tanzania" is how that idea would be expressed in Swahili.

March 24, 2017


That would be Juma ni jina la kitanzania.

April 6, 2017


Can someone explain the difference between ya, za, and la?

March 20, 2017


They all mean "of". The word for "of" is essentially just -a and it takes a consonant prefix which depends on the class of the preceding word.

There's a table here.


It looks confusing at the beginning, but trust me, it gets easier as you go along. The noun classes are usually easy to recognise.

The main ones that can trip you up are the ones where the noun doesn't have a prefix ... the Ma-class in singular (such as jina) and the N-class in singular and plural (such as habari). Sometimes a noun looks like it has the prefix of one class but it's just coincidence and it actually has no prefix. I write down vocabulary like this.

jina la = name of
majina ya = names of

simba ya = lion of
simba za = lions of

mume wa = husband of waume wa = husbands of

All of the words for "my", "your" etc., will begin with the same letter as the word for "of" and they're also repeated in verb prefixes (with a few phonetic alterations).

April 5, 2017


"Juma is a name of Tanzania" was marked as wrong

February 27, 2017


Your sentence implies that the country Tanzania is also calles Juma, not that a/the Tanzanian person is called Juma.

February 28, 2017


It keeps saying "you need the article "a" but the "a" is not aption... Its not there...

March 4, 2017


Is there a word for "the" in Swahili? Or is it just given in the Mtanzania?

March 4, 2017


I read they don't have "the" or "a"

March 9, 2017


I believe this is the literal translation:

"Juma ni jina la Mtanzania" "Juma is name of [person] Tanzania(n)"

The M- before Tanzania means it's referring to a person, not an object.

April 28, 2017


The name juma is tanzanian?

September 9, 2017


it doesn't make sense as a sentence

April 30, 2018
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