February 23, 2017



Wachache, inflection of -chache (there are only plural forms for the noun classes)


-chache (declinable)

1) few






Inflected forms of -chache

Noun class plural only

M-wa class wachache

M-mi class michache

Ma class machache

Ki-vi class vichache

N class chache

U class chache

Pa class pachache

Ku class kuchache

Mu class muchache

From Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/chache

February 23, 2017


If wadogo was correct for 'small people', wachache should be correct for 'few people'. wa- is only used for people and animals, so yes, 'few' on its on is actually right unless a person or animal is indicated. There is inconsistency in what is considered a right or wrong answer in these two cases. It would be helpful to add a noun to indicate a few of what, or small what, ie; watu wadogo, wanyama wachache.

January 1, 2018


Is the ch sound pronounced like the ch sound in English? This tends to vary a bit.

September 20, 2017


Yes, it is always pronounced as the "ch" in "church" (f.e.). Generally, the consonants of Swahili are pronounced as English consonants (vowels similar to Italian).

May 20, 2018


The hints given vary quite a lot in meaning in English. "Few" by itself means something like "less than perhaps hoped for," so it has a negative connotation. "A few" or "some" mean "well, at least more than zero," so they have essentially a positive connotation.

Is it correct that Swahili doesn't make these distinctions with this word?

February 7, 2018


With the first (negative) connotation you mentioned, it would probably be. "Siku hizi kuna wanyama wachache tu." Theses days there are only few animals. - so amplified by the "tu" - I haven't noticed a generally negative connotation on ~chache However, Swahili DOES make distinctions with words in that sense - I am simply not aware of it in this specific case.

May 20, 2018


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November 11, 2017


I don't know how your comment ended up here but this is not GuaranĂ­ for Spanish speakers but Swahili for English speakers.

June 14, 2018
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