Hello and welcome back to learning kiswahili
with Kulmansam. In todays lesson, we are going to learn or
add to our vocabulary, continuing from where we left last time talking about fruits.
Today we’re gonna talk about insects and maybe a couple of amphibians.
Actually I have notes that I’ve put on my website where you can go and refer www.kulmansam.com,
umm and I might just add a couple of things as they come along.
Ahh so we’re gonna start with insects. Insects uuhh in Swahili are generally already
referred to in plural form. So you gonna find that alot of stuff is already in plural form
except for one or two things. So lets start with insects!
Insect or insects is “wadudu” Insects=”wadudu”
A single insect is “mdudu” Let’s start with smaller insects like ants
Ant’s in English, in Swahili is “siafu”, [pause and repeats] “siafu”
And a very tiny version of ants is the sugar ants because they always go for suger. But
I believe in the west in America they call them ‘piss ants’, the little black ants, they
don’t actually bite humans per say. Those we call “mdudu chungu” that singular
and in plural we call “wadudu chungu” Uuhh bees, bees is “nyuki”, singular and plural
=”nyuki” Bees=”nyuki” thats for ‘honey bees’
Butterfly, butterfly is “kipepeo”. Butterfly =”kipepeo”. Plural is (Butterflies)=”vipepeo”
Cockroach or cockroaches, singular and plural is both “mende”, “mende”, cockroach is “mebnde”
Dragon fly, I like this one. We used to chase these when we were little.
Dragon fly is called “kerengede”, “kerengede” As kids we also called them ‘helicopters’.
Uhmm fly, flies, the house flies, common house flies is “nzi”, both plural and singular “nzi”.
Grass hopper is “panzi”, grass hopper is “panzi” and the locust is “senene”. Locust is “senene”.
Mosquito or mosquitoes is “mbu”. Singular and plural of mosquitoes is “mbu”
Praying mentis is called “mvunja jungu”. “mvunja jungu” really means “mvunja”=the breaker
of, “jungu” is a clay pot that we used to cook with. I do not know why it’s called that.
But it’s called “mvunja jungu”. Scorpion is “nge”, scorpion is “nge”.
Spider is “buibui” which is both singular and plural. Same as the case with scorpions,
“nge” is singular and plural. The spider =”buibui” is also singular and plural.
Termites is “mchwa”, termites=”mchwa” And a couple of amphibians, frog is “chura”,
frog is “chura”. Any kind of lizard is called “mjusi”.
“mjusi” singular, plural is “wajusi”=lizards. Let me go back to frog (“chura”).
Frog singular is “chura”, plural is “vyura” =frogs. “vyura”=frogs.
Most of the time, just say “chura” you’ll be fine.
And.uuuhhh, like I was saying uuhhh, any type of lizard is “mjusi”, plural is “wajusi”.
You say “mjusi” and then you specify what type of “mjusi”.
So garden lizard for example… we don’t actually have something like that we would still call
it “mjusi” we don’t really specify, people do other things.
uuhh Snake, mmm sanke is “nyoka”, it’s both plural and singular. “Nyoka”=snake.
I think I’m getting away from from insects and amphibians, so we’re gonna stop right
now. With that said, I’ll see you next time in
another lesson. “kwaheri (bye), tutaonana baadae (we will