Nouns and articles in Swahili
Since Swahili has no definite or indefinite articles, I believe lone nouns should accept both the noun by itself, with "the", and with "a", as possible translations. Ex.: mtoto = kid, the kid, a kid / child, the child, a child
You are correct! The course contributors ask that you please report sentences where you find that a definite or indefinite article is not accepted. This was addressed in the most recent status update in the incubator (https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/sw/en/status):
"We want to encourage the Duolingo community to keep submitting reports on errors on the text exercises. There are instances where articles such as the or a/an are not present in the English translations, for example, so we want to make sure those are there!"