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"Andalio la somo la Kiswahili"

Translation:A lesson plan of Swahili

September 29, 2017



How is "Swahili lesson plan" not accepted? Does it imply something different?


I am guessing it is because we use the word "Swahili" to refer to both the people and the language, but in Swahili the word "Swahili" means the people and the word "Kiswahili" means the language.

I think the native speakers writing this lesson would instinctively feel that you have to indicate in the translation that you know this sentence is about the language. So they use the term "Swahili language" as the accepted translation of "Kiswahili".

It sounds strange to us because we are happy to say "French lesson" not "French language lesson" and "Swahili lesson" not "Swahili language lesson".

You should probably report it under "My answer should be accepted".


"A lesson plan of Swahili language" sounds very unnatural to this native speaker. "Preparation for a Swahili class"?


I quite agree - it sounds very peculiar. I think we should at least report it every time they write "Swahili language" for "Kiswahili". (There are several examples.)

"Preparation" might be too vague here though, as even the students do preparation before the class (hopefully). A lesson plan is exclusively done by the teacher.


Oh no! They have now changed "A lesson plan of Swahili language" to "A lesson plan of Swahili lesson" (22 June 2018).

I vote for "A Swahili class lesson plan", taking into account Pahash's comment.


How about a Swahili language lesson plan?


It's not the Swahili that's tough, it's remembering the only tortuous translation that is apparently acceptable....grrrrrr!


Andalio ("preparation") comes from the verb -andalia, the applicative form of -andaa ("to prepare; to ready"), whose stative is -andika ("to write").


I don't know why. I also wrote this answer :)


shouldn't "the lesson plan of swahili class" be accepted?


That isn't a natural construction in English, but it does show you understand this Swahili question.

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