"Have a good evening Esther"

Translation:Jioni njema Esther

March 11, 2017

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Could someone explain the difference between 'mwema' and 'njema'? Thanks


Ok. The root of both mwema and njema is -ema. You add different prefixes to it depending on the noun class of what it's describing, it's describing jioni (evening). Jioni is in the N/N class, so it must take the prefix belonging to that. Here is a table of what prefixes to add:

Mw- is just another suffix from another noun class to add onto the adjective -ema.

If you have any more questions feel free to reply.


Thank you for that explanation!


I can't seem to get njema and mwema is the right place. What's the difference?


This is a whole phrase, should be learned as a whole phrase. While it might be useful to tear these sentences apart for the grammar, when learning what to say when greeting people it's much better, in my opinion, to learn them as phrases rather than individual words. The dictionary hints should include a translation for the whole phrase.


This is another of several questions I have received where all the swahili words are provided and the only thing needed for a correct answer is to write the name (in this case, the clue was Jioni Njema _). I would suggest for the fill the in the blank style questions to try and code the clue so that the names are not randomly selected as the blank word. It makes the clues too easy at the higher levels.


What is the difference between 'jioni' and 'usiku'?

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I'm not sure, but I think 'jioni' is - In the evening, and 'usiku' is - At night.

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