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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

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AGreatUserName

In general...

... in Kenya:

nyanya = grandmother
bibi = wife**

... in Tanzania:

nyanya = tomato
bibi = grandmother

May 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Chrystalle8

aha tomato as well. need a kamusi!

May 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AGreatUserName

I really like this dictionary: www.glosbe.com/sw/en/nyanya

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

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreasII

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

https://www.duolingo.com/Levrai-Roi

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

May 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Chrystalle8

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

https://www.duolingo.com/juryrigging

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

May 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Chrystalle8

obviously, its just discussion.

May 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreaKamariny

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

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EllaKaari.

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

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lmz91C

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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