"How are you?"


March 14, 2017

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You can equally say "habari yako" to day how are you or just hujambo. I live in Tanzania and no one would say wewe hujambo.


Dear Duo Swahili creators - I would love it if you would put more info on the "TIPS" for this lesson. THere is so much more that we need in order to understand.


I agree. More tips are needed. Also can someone please explain "Wewe mzima"? Is that correct? That was what was accepted as the correct response. Could there be a typo there?


Would "wewe hujambo" be considered too formal?


It is just redundant -- "You, how are you?"


"Wewe" hujambo would be used when you would single out that person from a larger group of people.


"wewe hujambo" was not even an option. they said "wewe mzima?" ... is the correct answer . other options were > "uko wavulana?" and "mhandisi wewe" ... how come? please help


I have heard "Wewe mzima?" (~zima refers to wholeness --> health) I have not heard the others and they were not shown to me, so Idk.


ZahidurRah1 - It sounds like you were looking at the question version with multiple choice word buttons. The other buttons are just random words:
uko = you are (in a place)
wavulana = boys/youths
mhandisi = engineer.


Can we say Habari Gani?


Ive used Habari Gani and Habari Yako when in East Africa as theyre generally more used


What is the difference between mambo and jambo?


In practice there is no difference but mambo is more often used.


In Kenya (at least in Nairobi) the people never use "jambo", "sijambo" etc., only for tourists. Instead they use "mambo" a lot.


it also accepted 'mambo' as an answer


Habari Yako is mich better, go on YouTube, tupe how to learn Swahili, look at the one that said learn Swahili while you sleeping.they have a much updated Swahili people speak in the street.


I think we could do with some Tios for this course. Im finding this one hard to pick up.


Tips..stupid phone


Tios is good too! Uncles/ aunts in Spanish! I could really use an uncle or Aunt to ask questions in this course!


Yeah i noticed there is no actual area to like, review the content of each lesson, you just get thrown into the question exercises and are supposed to figure it out with trial and error.... I'm only using this course to continue my learning after taking a introduction course to swahili last term so i thankfully learned the grammar structures and syntax that duo has not provided in all that clear of a format


Nivas, you could. Depending on whom you are addressing. Most of the time the greeting was just 'jambo' or' habari ya leo'. To which everyone answered 'mzuri, mzuri sana' and walked off.


I had 3 options to translate this sentence, and the closest answer was "wewe mzima," but I haven't learned mzima yet. Can someone tell me what it means please?

The other two options were uko wanaume and waafrika wewe.


mzima means good, i believe


Why does it not accept umeshindaje here?


That means "How was your day?" Not quite the same as "How are you?"


"umeshindaje" literally means "how did you spend the day?"

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    The little kids in Kaptembwa near Naivasha Kenya shouted Habari yako to me, a tourist.


    What is"Wewe mzima"? That's what was listed as the correct answer on my ap, but in the forum its not what's up at the top of the page.


    Cant someone explain how Swahili sentence structure is formed????


    That's a quite complex question, but I hope this helps to get an overview:

    For the beginning probably it’s good to know that verb structure in Swahili is somehow built like a train: There are many wagons on the train and every wagon has it’s own slot. If possible, you can leave out some wagons, but you can never change the order.

    So to build a verb basically you take the wagons for subject, tense, (object) and word stem:

    SUBJ. - TENSE - (OBJ.) - STEM.

    1.SG - PRESENT - (2.SG) - love

    ni -na - (ku) - penda

    -> nina(ku)penda = I love (you)

    That’s how it works basically, but there are much more slots for other wagons in the train of Swahili verbs. (Possibly you can spot the structure somehow in the greetings, but they are so strongly conventionalized, you cannot always apply the common rules to those phrases.)

    Secondly you should be aware of „concordance“. One could say there are 15 grammatical genders, but you rather talk about noun classes that categorize nouns mostly due to semantic criteria. The head of the phrase determines to which noun class you have to adapt other relating words and grammatical affixes.

    Juma alikisoma kitabu.

    Juma a - li -ki - soma ki-tabu

    Juma 3SG- PRÄT - cl7 -read cl7-book

    = Juma read a book.

    Kitabu (book) is in noun class 7 (like most "things"), so the object concordant within the verb has to correlate with class 7 (-ki-).


    Great explanation, thank you!


    wewe hujambo was not an option

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      What is mzima?


      good, like njima, i think


      In Tanzania i would say "mambo vipi" but that wasn't accepted. Am i wrong? Or is duolingo wrong?


      What's wrong with Umeshindaje?


      See the response from f3nja from a year ago


      I thought Hujambo was how are you


      I thought hujambo was used with the word for "we" sisi?


      That would be hatujambo.


      How is "Habari Gani?" Not correct?


      It is - see above.


      Habari gani is what I learned. I see it's acknowledged a couple of times. Jambo is hello! (It could be a more formal approach than mambo as someone mentioned above.)


      why does it add wewe when you can just say hujambo?

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