"Daktari wetu"

Translation:Our doctor

February 28, 2017

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What's the plural of "daktari" then?


Hm, interesting. So it's not m/wa class... Maybe because doctors aren't people but demi-gods :)


"Daktari" is a Ma class noun, just because (I think) it is a loanword from English "doctor":

From Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Swahili_noun_classes#Ma_class


I just started the Ji-/Ma- class and in the description it says that most occupations are in this class. So probably this is why... Other words from English seem to be in the N-/N- class (without any plural), but "daktari" apparently is an exception.


I read somewhere that loanwords used to routinely be put in the Ma- class but in modern times tend to go into the N- class, and a lot of nouns are drifting from the Ma- class into the N- class, such as rafiki.


@BenUserName: Swahili is such an interesting language in this regard... Extremeley fluid. I love how it constantly assimilates the most diverse of influences!


Can this be used as an honorific as well (e.g. Daktari Amani)?

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