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"Amekula chumvi nyingi"

Translation:He has lived a long life

March 23, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juryrigging

Lit. (s)he has eaten much salt.

I like it. Seems to be a set phrase referring to old age and/or experience.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BirgitBerk1

Very interesting. Not something you would know though when you are trying to translate this sentence


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juryrigging

No, but this skill deals in figures of speech, and idioms aren't necessarily obvious from their component parts (kick the bucket, for example). It probably should have come with some accompanying tips & notes, but sadly there aren't any.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dsimonds

To me the English phrase "He lived a long life" implies he is no longer living. I would prefer the translation "He has lived a long life."

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