"May I come in mother!"
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Just a general comment that I am putting in many of the greetings of this lesson -- I am trying to learn the Swahili used in the Congo and my teacher has been telling me that many of the expressions I am learning are more common in Tanzania than in Congo. If anyone is familiar with the differences in Swahili dialect between Tanzania, Kenya, and Congo for an expression like "Hodi" and can comment on that would be much appreciated.
Kiwahili is a quickly evolving language. Both in time and location. There are no tables about the differences between Kiswahili Kikenya au Kitanzania for instance. People adapt and ad local language expressions. I live in a non Kiswahili area now, and my Kiswahili is not updated anymore. I was told by a new student from TZ: wow you speak good Kiswahili: you speak like my grandmother! Adapt to the local habits, and feel proud that your vocabulary has a high level!