"Theluji"

Translation:Snow

February 26, 2017

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NattKullav1

Does it snow in Tanzania?


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

Yes, on Mt Kilimanjaro.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NattKullav1

Oh I see, reasonable!


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

Still probably not really part of anyone's daily life except as some shiny whiteness on the top of the big mlima, so the fact that they borrowed the word from Arabic is not surprising.


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

Ben is right, but none of the Tanzanians I know could come up with a word for snow when I asked them!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joel158879

Yeah. Generally when I hear people talk about snow with Tanzanians, they say ice instead ("barafu") since they have more exposure to that than actual snow.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Renata725212

Thats so funny =D If in somebody's country aren't krokodiles it shouldn't exist in the language of this country ?


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

I find it quite funny that a lot of Slavic languages have a single-syllable word for "elephant" ... eg. słoń in Polish ... To me there don't seem to be enough elephants in Poland to justify this. Apparently it's probably decended from the Turkic word for lion.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joel158879

along the same lines, it's pretty funny that swahili doesn't have a simple word for "zebra" (a native animal) - they just call it a "striped donkey" (non-native animal) - but we do in english..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clh335763

hmm.. how recent a loanword is theluji anyway?

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