Translation:How did you sleep?
Could someone confirm if it this correct?:
- "u": Second-person singular subject
- "me": Present perfect tense
- "lala": "Sleep"
- "je": How
So literally "How have you slept"?
How do you know about this already in the duo course? There's nothing about it in the tips and notes.
Had to Google/Wiktionary a lot of it. This page has some info on verb conjugation:
Literally, "You slept how? " or "How did you sleep?" This question is asked in the morning when you see someone for the first time and its natural English equivalent would be "Good morning" or "How was your night?" The English translation here doesn't seem natural. Reported on 04 Mar 2017
The English seems perfectly natural to me, given that I regularly ask similar to those close to me. Yes, I'm just as likely to ask "how did you sleep?" as I am "how was your night?"
Translating every morning greeting to "Good Morning" is not necessarily applicable to all cultures. Certainly questions should be translated as accurately as possible, because you could be expected to answer them.
In my experience, "umeamkaje?" is a more typical greeting, euphemistically asking "how did you sleep." "Umelalaje?" seems more technical - "In what way did you sleep?" which could be perceived as nosy or bizarre. This could be regional though.
I've heard from a tanzanian person that in swahili, you don't ask how someone slept. You ask how they woke up insted. No one knows how we slept anyway, we are asleep during that time.
Just for curiosity's sake, I typed this into google translate and it says "What are you doing?" Is this another way of asking someone how they are and it just doesn't translate well?
Am I supposed to be able to hear what is written? Because there is no sound. I tap the sound icon but nothing happens.