Translation:Uncooked rice

September 4, 2017



Mchele and wali are interchangeable in Kenyan Swahili.


They are using words that are in fact not interchangeable. They are doing this because they don't speak good Swahili. I live in Kenya and I know for a fact that some Kenyans don't speak good Swahili for three reasons:

1) Slang is common in poor areas. Slang that mixes Swahili and English is called Sheng.

2) British-education based high schools are very common in Kenya and there is a generation of middle class Kenyans who speak poor Swahili as a result of attending these schools and not formally studying Swahili in the traditional Kenyan 8-4-4 system.

3) Tanzanians rely more on Swahili than Kenyans. In Kenya, business transactions such as contracts are almost always done in English. You will never find a Swahili business contract in Kenya. Here is a link demonstrating how Tanzania relies more on Swahili than Kenya.



and when it's still in the field it's mpunga

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