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"Yeye ni Mmarekani."

Translation:He is American.

March 17, 2019



I do not think "Yeye" is gender specific. My understanding of the word is that it means "That one (or that person) ..."


both he and she are accepted


So why not singular they? I was marked wrong.


The convention for Duolingo is 'he' or 'she' for 'yeye' to avoid confusion as to whether singular and plural is being referred to


Hard to believe. Duo doesn't make us write "You all" whenever there's a plural "you", but will list "You (sing.)" or "You (plural)" on specified forms of You. It'd be no harder to list singular "They (sing.)" as a translation for yeye, it would make it so it doesn't arbitrarily discriminate against gender diverse people, and i think clarify understanding that it's not a gendered term.


that's because even in English, when you're referring to 'you' plural, you don't have to say 'you all', and the more common version of that is 'y'all', which is largely colloquial. In addition, 'they' as a singular gender neutral term is not universally used (especially in English speaking countries outside of the US and the UK), so yes, 'he' or 'she' is used to clarify singularity. This course is meant to provide you with a foundation for Swahili, and gender neutrality just doesn't translate the same, because unfortunately Swahili doesn't have established gender neutral terms; this case is pretty much happenstance. From the many notes we have provided for this course, it has been addressed that 'yeye' is singular in the 2nd person


Singular they is not a thing what are you trying to say? Do you know English?


I was wondering the same thing.


How do I know when to use M and Wa in a sentence ? Like Wachina and Mchina?


Use M when it's singular and wa when plural For example mimi ni mchina (I am Chinese) Vs Wao ni wachina (they are Chinese)


I am just learning and it is very confusing


Just wondering: could I translate this as “He is an American.”/“She is an American.”? I think it helps me remember that a word like yeye is singular (yes, more useful for words like “you”).

But is Mmarekani an adjective or a noun? Or maybe it doesn’t matter?


yup! Mmarekani is a noun, there's no adjective for nationalities


Why are there no sound?


I hear sound now, but it doesn't sound like it's been voiced by a native speaker


I am. Some people roll their Rs, others don't


I'm guessing: He is American would've been the right answer


so happy you changed the voice! really nice to listen to. before I always had stress when the previous voice was shouting very loud :-)


He or she... it's 3rd person singular for the verb 'to be'.


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gender for yeye


Yeye is genderless. It has no gender: yeye = he, yeye = she.

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