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"Unapenda kuogelea?"

Translation:Do you like to swim?

October 12, 2017


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I am guessing kuogelea (to swim) is related to bathing somehow, since bathing is kuoga.

October 12, 2017


Yeah, it kind of looks like the applicative suffix has been applied twice

kuoga > kuog-e-a > kuog-e-le-a
to bathe > to bathe in > to swim

October 12, 2017


Would it be incorrect to use "Je" in this sentence? I thought that "Je" was used whenever you have a yes, or no answer kind of question...

August 10, 2019


My Tanzanian Swahili teacher told me I was overusing "Je," in questions, which surprised me too, as other textbooks and online courses encourage it, e.g. https://issuu.com/igihe5/docs/swahili_grammar_for_introductory_an/170

That textbook suggests you use "Je," to alert the listener that you are about to ask a question. (Note: not only yes/no questions.) An equivalent that occurs to me in English is, "Tell me, what do you think of this course?"

In written text, the question mark at the end makes it obvious it is a question, so I can see why Duolingo - and my teacher - leave out "Je, ..." at the beginning in written exercises.

He also said it wasn't wrong in spoken Swahili, just unnecessary, as it would be obvious from the intonation. I found his question intonation hard to mimic though, and the other option he gave was to start with "Je, ..." and then speak with normal intonation.

Can someone out there give us the benefit of their experience about when they use "Je" before a question?

August 11, 2019
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