18. Swahili 101 – Swahili Vocabulary – Part 2 – Insects & Amphibians

18. Swahili 101 – Swahili Vocabulary – Part 2 – Insects & Amphibians


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
meet later)

17 thoughts on “18. Swahili 101 – Swahili Vocabulary – Part 2 – Insects & Amphibians”

  1. @shmuckley Thanks, and glad they help… my son is now 1, and sleeping some what in a pattern that will allow me to spring back and put captions and other forms of aids to help every one.. thanks for the kind comments

  2. its helpfull when the words are also written on the video so i know how to spell them but these vids are really helpful, thanks!

  3. @GeeBeehamilton where are you watching the videos from? Turn on Closed Captioning and you will see the words. I think however youtube CC does not work on smart phones yet

  4. Hi, on every other language, the linguist is sitting still, presenting the words or phrases clearly so that it can be enunciated properly and. Also, the use of text would be helpful because of your accent. I really wish to learn this language, however, it seems more videos are geared toward music as a learning tool?? Why is that??

  5. @HearNSee1 : Before I started using songs to teach, no one taught Swahili using songs.
    I learnt other languages using songs…. it is easy to memorize a song, then find meaning of the song. So if you know about 4 or 5 songs of any language you are ahead of most pupils in class… but if you are not musically inclined this is not the right path.
    All my videos have text, plase turn on your "CC" Closed Captioning. Thanks

  6. @harakaish πŸ™‚ keep visiting this channel, go through all the videos AND once you are done, visit my new channel called OneAfricaner. I'm posting new videos starting tonight

  7. asante sana, kulmansam! I am finally learning Kiswahili. My mother is going to be impressed! What tribe are you? and do you know any Kenyan tribal languages?

  8. Karibu LimaLaitie ;-), I apologize I do not know any Kenyan tribal languages. I am actually from Zanzibar Islands in Tanzania. We were colonized by Arabs, so I am what was an Afro-Arab, now American citizen, so that makes me Afro-Arab-Amercican!
    My family name is Al-Busaidy (which happens to be the ruling family in Sultanate of Oman right now).

  9. Kiswahili iko lugha mzuri kusoma. I am trying to make sentences now. Is this correct for "Kiswahili is a beautiful language to learn" ?

  10. That is very good! You almost got it right, what you said is completely understandable! It is PROBABLY totally acceptable in Kenyan dialect
    In Zanzibar dialect we would say "Kiswahili ni lugha nzuri ya kusoma"
    iko = is (inanimate 'object'), gari iko barabarani = car is on the road
    ni = verb 'to be', mimi ni mwanafunzi = I am a student
    Kiswahili ni lugha nzuri = Swahili is a nice/beautiful language
    wewe ni mwrevu = you are brave

  11. brother thank u for taking the time to Bring the culture to us like this…Eye will be teaching a class soon and will be using your channel for my students can practice! We need this and the spirit is at work and using u…Stay Royal!
    Kola Soljet❀

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