"How are you students?"

Translation:Hamjambo wanafunzi?

March 1, 2017



I heard that a lot of Swahili words are made up of other parts, maybe I missed it, but how would you break up "Hamjambo"?

June 18, 2018


If I understand it correctly, ham- is the negative prefix for the 2nd person plural. (Or it's an abbreviation of hamna 'you do not have'.) When you add that to -jambo 'thing, matter, affair' what you're asking is something like "Is nothing wrong?" https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/21139696

July 30, 2018


Yes, it is an abbreviation of hamna. On a verb, ham- is the second person plural prefix, but jambo is a noun.

October 6, 2018


This is the question I had. If anyone has an answer, it'd be most appreciated.

July 27, 2018


why is it not habari ni wewe...?

March 1, 2017


If you translated that it'd mean "news is you (singular)", which doesn't actually make sense. Habari is for asking about things as a greeting, but it's not a way to ask an individual person or a group of people how they're feeling.

March 2, 2017


this english statement isnt grammatically correct and therefore is a bit confusing.

May 20, 2017


I think there's just a comma missing after "you". Makes a lot more sense that way.

June 9, 2018


Habari za wanafunzi should also we accepted.

June 21, 2017


Wouldn't that be habari yenu, wanafunzi?

June 24, 2017


No, that is not something you would say in Swahili. Habari ya/za (leo/mchana/etc) is a way to say hello, not an actual question of how someone is.

November 25, 2018


Is it now hawajambo wanafunzi?

April 13, 2019
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