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"Beba maji"

Translation:Carry water

April 22, 2017



Sounds odd, but it is typical of women and children in rural areas to carry buckets of drinking water on their head for miles.


Depends really. In my mum's village when she was a little girl she did. But when she came to England, even after 30 years, every now and again if she's carrying a really heavy box she'll carry it on her head. I do the same a lot. Its actually using the body's alignment to your advantage to carry things much heavier than you. Because all your big muscle groups are stacked on top of one another and the object is at the very top, so weight is more evenly distributed than carrying it in your arm, and it feels lighter. So its less of a tradtion or anything like that but more that its quite economical and practical. But yes when in I was in Kisumu, my little cousins, would carry water from the fountains alternating between their arms and their heads. And even women in the markets, sometimes have a piece of cloth made into an 'O' shape on their heads to make carrying things on their head more comfortable. This is just my experience of it anyway cant speak for everyone. But seriously, next time you have something really heavy, try carrying on your head, its like 10 x easier!


But practice and don't start with the heavy stuff too soon (when I did I could not turn my neck sideways for 2 days :D )


why does is it sound odd?


Wouldn't English speakers say "carry the water"? Or if you're asking someone to go get water, you'd say "get some water" or "bring some water".


I wrote carry the water and was marked wrong. What would that be in Swahili?


still marked wrong Jan 2018


This is wrong english used in " Duolingo" what get happen very often here. Exactly " beba maji" means - carry a / the water. In kiswahili don't exsist " a/the".


Well, as "water" is a plural noun (in both languages actually), it is possible to just say "carry water" - however, I agree, it could also mean "carry the water" or "carry a bucket of water".


It should be right.

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