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"Angalieni kitabu"

Translation:Look at a book

March 22, 2017



No native English speaker would say. Just indicate whether the command is singular or plural in parentheses.


I didn't know that the -(e)ni suffix indicated the plural command. Now it makes so much sense that people would ask (a group of other people) "How are you-ni?". It's a really useful way to indicate the plural you in English!


Lol what? You mean Swahili? Intereating I have never heard this before!


I mean that it's useful to adapt this way of pluralizing into English, because English is so limited in the way to express who you are addressing (except for y'all, which often makes it sound like you're from Texas)


you could say "how are you all" or "how are you guys" in english. for imperatives there's no easy equivalent but we don't tend to use those in writing that often. maybe "guys, look at the book!" or "all of you, look at the book!"


There's also you guys (to both male and female groups), youse, which is New York City, all y'all, which is also southern for large groups, etc. This lesson is very inconsistent, sometimes it requires the pronoun, sometimes it doesn;t, sometimes it doesn't allow it.


I think "Look at the book" should also be accepted. Why was I marked wrong for that?

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