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"The child is across the river"

Translation:Mtoto yupo ng'ambo ya mto

May 26, 2018



yuko vs yupo: I'm very very new to Swahili. But, the lesson says po is specific and ko is general. So, they must be talking in a context of a specific place, not the entire hundreds of miles of riverside (but not inside a building: mo). (?) Perhaps he is on the bank directly across, or at a bridge crossing, or in the other side of a village that straddles the river? Is there a native that can confirm this?


Why yupo and not yuko?


Why yupo at all???


Yeah why is yupo and not yuko?


mtoto ni ngambo mto? where is this yupo coming from?


You can’t use ni to say where someone is. For locations, you need yupo/yuko/yumo (or sometimes just yu)


this is really starting to get frustrating! Fortunately, I am on a computer tonight, or my lesson would have been finished long before now. You've got to put the correct stuff on the hover hints, not expect us to just come up with random words!!! Yupo was not listed, or anything like it. If i'd had to guess, I would have though "ni" would have gone there, but since "is at" and "is in" don't take a "ni", I assumed it would just be "Mtoto ng'ambo ya mto." I do not believe the correct way to teach a concept is to just throw it in there randomly in the answer!


The notes for this lesson are available on the computer version of DuoLingo but not on my phone app version. I didn't see them on the phone app and was very confused as well until I came to this lesson on my computer.


please refer to the notes on the lesson


I'm reading this as, "The child, there, across the river," as if the child can be seen and pointed to. Is this incorrect?


Which means "The child is across the river" might be translated, "Mtoto ana ng'ambo ya mto." No?


for when to use 'ana' I'll refer you here

I'd also recommend that you review the demonstratives here

Lastly, there are Tips and notes in the lesson that discuss how to use locatives, it should give you a better idea of when to use '-po'. Let me know if you have questions

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