"Jioni njema Esther"
Translation:Have a good evening Esther
How would you say "good evening esther"? As in the greeting, not the farewell.
Would a Swahili speaker pronounce Esther with the typical TH dental fricative? Or would it be like the English pronunciation, where the H is just silent?
In Kenya, I always heard it pronounced without the the dental fricative and without the er, so, es-tuh.
Swahili is relatively new (from 6th century A.D., Swahili Coast) and I think "Esther" is from Old Persian (Swahili culture begins with the contact between Arab, Persian and Bantu peoples)
We can see "Esther" is already present in many cultures:
Esther (/ˈɛstər/; Hebrew: אֶסְתֵּר, Modern Ester, Tiberian ʼEstēr), born Hadassah, is the eponymous heroine of the Book of Esther.
(If you are meaning if it is from Bantu origins, it is not. Here is a list of Eastern African names: https://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/eastern-african)
From Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Esther