https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RosieRose195808

word confusion

Duolingo has taught that grandmother is bibi, but a native speaker has told me that this is incorrect and bibi is actually the word for wife. He says that nyanya is the correct word for grandmother. Please could someone clarify what is going on, why would duolingo have this wrong?

August 1, 2019

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/giraffe__

both "nyanya" and "bibi" can mean grandmother, and "bibi" can mean wife as well:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nyanya#Swahili https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bibi#Swahili

the fact is there is a lot of regional variation in swahili, and your native speaker friend might have just come from a place where "nyanya" is used for grandmother. if you want to speak the language, you should learn all the meanings of both terms.

August 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ernst557459

I tried a pun on a Kenya Airways flight earlier this year and ordered juisi ya bibi. The stewardess looked at me as if I was completely mad :)

August 2, 2019
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