[Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby modus.irrealis » 2014-02-18, 9:18

ceid donn wrote:
modus.irrealis wrote:How much does one stamp cost?

Ni kiasi gani cha gharama moja stempu?

I think the "moja" has to come after the "stempu", right? But how does the first part of the sentence work?

My attempt was "Stempu moja ni bei gani."

When will you go to the post office?

Utakwenda lini ofisi ya posta?

I will stay home today.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby ceid donn » 2014-02-18, 15:20

modus.irrealis wrote:
ceid donn wrote:
modus.irrealis wrote:How much does one stamp cost?

Ni kiasi gani cha gharama moja stempu?

I think the "moja" has to come after the "stempu", right? But how does the first part of the sentence work?

My attempt was "Stempu moja ni bei gani."

Your sentence makes sense to me, but I'm not exactly an expert here. :wink:

Unfortunately I posted that two weeks ago and don't recall exactly where I was looking online for all that. I do recall googling the phrase "Ni kiasi gani cha gharama" to double-check it--which I thought at the time meant "How much is the cost (of X)"--and coming up with sentences that put it in front. But when I google it now, I'm coming up with different sentences that are putting at the end. So I don't really know what that's suppose to mean now. I'll try posting this at Lang-8 along with the question about the -ni suffix. and see if I can get some help with it.

I did forget to use a possessive -a word there: gharama ya stempu moja. But I will see if I can find out what the difference between gharama and bei are. I suspect gharama is an Arabic loanword.

And yes, you are right that the number does follow the noun and needs to agree in it. I must have been getting my grammars mixed up there (most of my languages where the adjective typically follows the noun make an exception for number).

modus.irrealis wrote:I will stay home today.

Nitakaa nyumbani leo.

I'm relatively confident with that translation. :lol:

We have no food at the house.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2014-02-19, 3:33

modus.irrealis wrote:
ceid donn wrote:When will you go to the post office?

Utakwenda lini ofisi ya posta?

Posta already means 'post office'. :)

ceid donn wrote:
modus.irrealis wrote:
ceid donn wrote:
modus.irrealis wrote:How much does one stamp cost?

Ni kiasi gani cha gharama moja stempu?

I think the "moja" has to come after the "stempu", right? But how does the first part of the sentence work?

My attempt was "Stempu moja ni bei gani."

Your sentence makes sense to me, but I'm not exactly an expert here. :wink:

Yeah, that's the right way to say it. "Stempu moja ni bei gani." :D (BTW, you can also say stampu for 'stamp').

Unfortunately I posted that two weeks ago and don't recall exactly where I was looking online for all that. I do recall googling the phrase "Ni kiasi gani cha gharama" to double-check it--which I thought at the time meant "How much is the cost (of X)"--and coming up with sentences that put it in front.

In my humble opinion, that phrase sounds a bit odd. In English, I'd translate it as "it is what amount of the cost?"

I will see if I can find out what the difference between gharama and bei are. I suspect gharama is an Arabic loanword.

Yes, it is. <Gh> only occurs in Arabic loanwords in Swahili. :wink: Bei means 'price'. I see that gharama is translated as 'cost' on Wiktionary (and 'expense' in that article); otherwise, I've never seen it before.

Nitakaa nyumbani leo.

I'm relatively confident with that translation. :lol:

Ndiyo, hiyo ni kweli! :lol:

We have no food at the house.

Hatuna chakula nyumbani. :(

Go straight ahead, then turn left.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2014-07-13, 3:42

OK, I don't know whether anybody else wants to play this game, so I guess I'll just translate my own sentence and come up with a new one.

Nenda moja kwa moja, halafu pinda kushoto.

I like the music of Mozambique.

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Postby modus.irrealis » 2014-07-15, 17:22

I'm still interested....

vijayjohn wrote:I like the music of Mozambique.

Napenda muziki wa Msumbiji.

How many eggs are there in the fridge?

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2014-08-19, 23:35

modus.irrealis wrote:I'm still interested....

Vizuri! :D

How many eggs are there in the fridge?

Mna mayai mangapi jokofuni?

I went to the post office and sent the letter.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby Lammungar » 2014-09-26, 11:51

modus.irrealis wrote:I went to the post office and sent the letter.

Nilikwenda posta na nilitumia barua.

What is your favourite food?

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2014-11-24, 10:12

Unapendelea chakula gani?

I am a Christian and come from Belgium.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2015-08-19, 3:02

Mimi ni Mkristo na natoka Ubelgiji.

My parents (lit. old people) live in Tanzania.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby Antea » 2015-09-14, 6:45

Wazazi wango wanaishi katika Tanzania

The children go to school

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby Antea » 2015-09-16, 7:49

Watoto kwenda shule

I will travel to Tanzania by plane

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-03-29, 3:53

Nitasafiri Tanzania kwa ndege.

I want to learn Swahili.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby Antea » 2016-03-29, 18:26

Ninataka kujifunza Swahili

I go to the market to buy some vegetables

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-03-29, 20:38

Ninaenda sokoni kununua mboga.

I like cinnamon.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby Antea » 2016-03-29, 20:46

Ninapenda mdalisini

You cook delicious food

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-03-29, 22:28

Unapika chakula kitamu.

Love is blind.

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby Antea » 2016-03-30, 19:11

Upendu ni kipofu

The world is a circle

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-03-30, 20:20

Dunia ni duara.

Come here!

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby Antea » 2016-04-02, 8:49

Njoo hapa!

I don't like lemons, but I like apples

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Re: [Swahili] Mchezo wa tafsiri ya sentensi

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-03-12, 5:07

Sipendi malimau, lakini ninapenda matofaa.

I'm drinking water.


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