Translation:How are they?

March 8, 2017



I know it's probably just because languages are weird, but since hawajambo is "how are they" shouldnt hamjambo be "how is he" and hajambo be "how are you"?

March 8, 2017


ni = I. Negative is si.

u = you. Negative is hu.

a = he/she. Negative is ha.

tu = us. Negative is hatu.

m = you (pl). Negative is ham.

wa = they. Negative is hawa.

If you want to know why the negative is used, it's because what we are saying is that we/they/whoever, have no issues.

March 9, 2017


Thank you! Now I understand the differences :)

March 23, 2017


...i'm aware. I'm asking why it is that way. Onthehype hit it on the dot though

March 9, 2017


Then I'm not sure I understand what you were asking. Why do you think hamjambo should be "how is he" and hajambo "how are you"? Why is it weird that they are not?

March 9, 2017


Coming to this as someone with no experience to the language, seeing hawajambo, i automatically made the connection to "wakenya" and "wachina", and selected hamjambo. I´m not saying its necessarily annoying or bad, just struck me as odd

March 9, 2017


Aah. Yeah, I get it now. I admit I already had some confused understanding of subject prefixes before I started (which got clarified when I reached the Present skill), so that never occurred to me. But now you've pointed it out I can definitely see where you're coming from.

March 9, 2017


could you please provide example for each subject and its negative form?

December 4, 2018


Hamjambo is How are you?(you is plural), and Hajambo is actually How is he/she? I guess thats just how it works ¯\(ツ)

March 8, 2017


hajambo means "he/she is fine"

May 22, 2017


i wrote are they good and was told it was wrong and it was are they fine

April 13, 2018


"Are they ok" should be acceptable.

May 17, 2018


what is the answer for "hawajambo?"

May 29, 2018
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