"Mama ni Mkenya."

Translation:Mother is Kenyan.

February 22, 2017



That's interesting. Is "mama" as the word for "mother" a result of colonization, or did that word exist in Swahili before then?

February 22, 2017


"M" is one of the first consonants that a baby learns to make. Since the mother is the one most in contact with the baby, it is natural that this sound becomes symbolic of the mother. It has nothing to do with colonization, but rather universal sounds.

February 26, 2017


The word mama has nothing to do with colonialism. The /m/ sound is one of the most common sounds used for mother in many languages of the world

mai = Ndau , Shona mama = Swahili , Yoruba, English (baby language), Russian, Ukrainian, Maori, Greek umama = Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele maman = French modar = Tajik mamma = Latvian

I hope that helps

March 4, 2017


Isn't "Mama" also often used to refer to women in general?

February 24, 2017


Yes, mama is a common way to adress women who are 30+ (or younger who are obvious mothers). Younger women you call "dada" - sister, and old women you call "bibi"- grandma. Or mama, because once a mother , always a mother. :)

February 28, 2017


i wrote my mother is kenyan that should be correct

March 7, 2017


Where did you get the possessive pronoun from?

March 16, 2017


There was a reply under another sentence stating that:
the noun for a family member, on its own, always refers to the family of the speaker. To actually add the possessive pronoun would be disrespectful, suggesting lack of closeness.

Was that information incorrect?

March 25, 2017


well i didnt see that

June 12, 2017


Is that for English or Swahili? I say "my mom" or "my mother" all the time, especially when talking to someone outside of my family.

September 22, 2018


did the same. The sentence "Mother is Kenyan" sounds unnatural in English, it feels like you ought to say whose mother we are talking about

May 22, 2017



June 12, 2017


When would you use Wakenya versus Mkenya?

March 19, 2017


When you refer to one Kenyan you use "Mkenya" , when you refer to more than one you use "Wakenya"

m- (singular) , wa- (plural)

March 19, 2017


We need to qualify whose mother is being talked about. 'Mama yangu ni Mkenya' or 'Mama yake ni Mkenya' sounds much better.

August 21, 2017


Could one say the/a mother is Kenyan? Because their aren't articles for the/a in swahili?

September 20, 2017
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