Kiswahili Query

On the platform, bibi comes up as grandmother, but it should be nyanya if i am not wrong. bibi is a wife

May 25, 2017


In general...

... in Kenya:

nyanya = grandmother
bibi = wife**

... in Tanzania:

nyanya = tomato
bibi = grandmother

May 25, 2017

aha tomato as well. need a kamusi!

May 25, 2017

I really like this dictionary:

There are lots of entries and it's steadily growing, and even if there's no entry, there's a translation database so you can see things in context. Also, when there are lots of words, you can click on each one to see their back translations without leaving the page you're on.

May 29, 2017

Bibi is also used in the "Kenyan" sense in some standard phrases in Tanzania:

"Mabibi na mabwana" = Ladies and gentlemen (used for addressing a crowd)

June 4, 2017

I concur with you, grandmother should be kibibi ama nyanya.Bibi is wife

May 25, 2017

Yeah, there are a few. Salama also comes up as peace, when it should be well if I am not wrong. But anywho, early days

May 25, 2017

The difference is that this is a Tanzanian course, not Kenyan.

May 25, 2017

obviously, its just discussion.

May 25, 2017

Yes, bibi in Kenya is usually used for a married woman while nyanya is used for grandmother.

May 27, 2017

I also noticed this...A lot of the swahili being taught here isn't proper swahili either.

June 26, 2017

in zanzibar bibi is both grandmother and miss!! i didnt enjoy my teacher calling me bibi lina for the first time, i must confess. and he was quite decomposed about me telling him... lol

March 3, 2019
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