"Maendeleo ya watu"

Translation:Development of the people

March 22, 2017



Can't this also mean "development of THE people"?

April 19, 2017


yes it can

April 26, 2017


Maendeleo development is an interesting word. Ma -ende- leo the 'goings' today

Am I right here?

March 22, 2017

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I think it actually comes from the verb kuendelea, which means "to continue". I believe it does ultimately come from kuenda, but I'm not quite sure what the -le derivational suffix means.

March 22, 2017


it does indeed. the -ele- infix is prepositional. It transforms "to go" into "to go on" (or as you say, "to continue/develop").

There are a few different forms of the prepositional infix: kusoma = to read, kusomea = to read to kupika = to cook, kupikia = to cook for kufungua = to open, kufungulia = for opening

The prepositional form uses an "e" if the preceding vowel is an e or o (like in kuEnda and kusOma) and an "i" if the preceding vowel as an a, i or u. The added "l" is used when the second to last letter of the verb is also a vowel (I think that kuendelea is actually the prepositional form of kuendea, which is an unused prepositional form of kuenda).

April 26, 2017
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