"Theluji"

Translation:Snow

February 26, 2017

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Does it snow in Tanzania?

March 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AGreatUserName
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Yes, on Mt Kilimanjaro.

April 8, 2017

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Oh I see, reasonable!

April 9, 2017

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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.

April 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Leigh_Anne_

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

May 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

July 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Renata725212

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

September 14, 2017

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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.

July 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/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..

July 2, 2018

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hmm.. how recent a loanword is theluji anyway?

November 8, 2017
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