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Kufua vs. kuosha

Can anyone enlighten me regarding the difference between these two? They both get translated as wash. Kuosha I've seen with buckets and dishes, and kufua with clothes. Is it just kufua with clothes, and kuosha with everything else?

And then kusafisha is translated as clean, but what's really the difference between cleaning and washing? My feeling is that washing involves water, and cleaning could be using something else (and is perhaps a bit more thorough)... What do you say?

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/RudolfJan

For washing you also have kunawa for washing your hands. kusafisha, cleaning is a more general word to clean something. Im anot user if kufua and kuosha are really different. I tried to find both words in a number of sources, and found more references to kuosha. Please keep in mind that there may be differences between Swahili as it is spoken in Kenya and in Tanzania as well. You can clean a room, but you do not wash a room. Just as in English.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hannepanda

Thanks :).

I'll wait and see if someone else has any further comments on kufua and kuosha - whether there's some difference, or we should perhaps suggest them as alternative correct answers.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreaKamariny

My Kenyan husband says kuosha and kufua are used interchangeably in his experience but kusafisha is any kind of cleaning including shaking out a rug, cleaning the whole house etc.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vitoreiji
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I remember reading somewhere that kufua comes from a root meaning "to beat", which actually explains its other meaning of "to forge". So you can use kufua for anything that is traditionally cleaned by beating it (I really can't think of anything other than clothes, bedsheets and the like).

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PixelatedPanda
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Kusafisha is with practically everything eg. Meza (table). As for kuosha, it's usually to do with dishes, as you said.

Kufua is to wash things like clothes. Hope this helped.

4 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ghettoe
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As a Swahili speaker from Kenya. Kuosha is also used with cleaning oneself and other things utilizing water. It's closest meaning is to wash. (hands, dishes, etc.) Kufua is used for clothes and personally, never heard it used for anything else. Kusafisha is generally just to clean.

4 weeks ago

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