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"Sema baba!"

Translation:Speak father!

April 23, 2017

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

Can't sema also mean say or tell?


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

It can. It's also used to greet, its like the Kenyan 'What's up?"


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

Yes, that's what I'm used to. I'll report next time. I know there are a lot of different modes of speech in swahili, and I'm not saying they should accept every form of sheng or other more local colloquialisms, but I feel these translations are equally valid as speak. Actually I'm used to the word ongea for speaking, like "Naongea kiswahili".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustinRasm1

Yeah that's how I read it. In some settings odd to say to your dad or command someone older in general. Assuming "baba" is literal, "father."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clara645648

I got this sentence as: Say "father/dad"! Heard it a lot like that (e.g. Sema Mambo!)

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