17. Swahili 101: Swahili Vocabulary - Part 1 - Fruits

Uploaded by kulmansam on 25.08.2010

Hello and welcome back to learning kiswahili with kulmansam
the next few lessons
we are going to be learning or actually increasing our vocabulary in swahili
the best way to do these I feel
is to get people
immersed in the market areas
and to start to understand names of things we will be buying or using what I want to point to you is that
swahili is made up of many different languages
so what ever we don't have our own 'bantu'w rod for it will have an Indian word for it or Arabic word for it or
wherever that item came from
for example there is a flat bread
from India
it's called 'chapati'
so in Tanzania
it's been modified a little bit
you still use the same thing, in the east coast we use the word chapati, the 'swahili coast'
so today we are gonna start with the first part of our vocabulary
I have chosen to go
with fruits majority of the people I know
like fruits
we are going to keep the vegetables for the last part
since a lot of people maybe don't like vegetables
I didn't when I was young
Anyway, fruits in swahili
is 'matunda, fruits = matunda. 'ma' infront of 'tunda' is plural so
plurals come first and then the actual word so 'tunda' is fruit, single fruit. Fruits = matunda. OK. Apple, one apple is
one apple is tufaha
from Arabic word
more than one apple is
matufaha, tufaha
One banana is ndizi
multiple banana's still ndizi
we have a fruit that is special in East Africa from a boabob tree
so boabob fruit
is called ubuyu, ubuyu
plural of ubuyu = mibuyu for the plant it self
but the fruit (plural) just keeps staying ubuyu
chico, the chico fruit = chico
we don't have our own word, so we just use chico
custard fruit = stafeli
custard fruit = stafeli
dates, date fruits from date palms. Dates = tende
single date = tende
plural date(s) = tende. Dorian fruit from
the far east
Specially Malaysia, dorian
in swahili is
doriani. Grape fruit, the big grape fruit
we call
and plural of grape fruit, which is grape fruits is
grapes, zabibu
single grape = zabibu, plural Zabibu
guava, very exotic fruit is pera. Very exotic fruit. Plural of guava is mapera. Lemon = limau, lemon = limau
plural, lemons = malimau. Lime is ndimu, lime = ndimu. Limes plural
still remains ndimu. So ndimu is both plural and singular
in swahili. Mango
embe, mango = embe. Plural of mango wich is mangoes
in swahili is maembe. Embe (1) plural = maembe. Orange
is chungwa, single orange is chungwa
plural oranges is machungwa. Peanut, I don't know if its a fruit or pulse
or what, but peanut is njugu
predominantly in the islands we call it, njugu
and in the main land its called karanga
now this is both plural and singular
so peanut or peanuts is njugu
in zanzibar, in zanzibar island
its called njugu and in the main land, is karanga
Pear is called pea. So pear fruit is pea and plural of the pear fruit
pears, is mapea
not there
pineapple is nanasi
pineapple = nanasi
plural of pineapple which is pineapples
is mananasi
and that's
here is another exotic fruit
pomogranet is
komamanga. Plural of pomogranate whic is
pomogranates is makomamanga, makomamanga. Another special fruit from the far east is
is called rambutang or laichi, rambutang or laichi
in swahili is shoki shoki, shoki shoki
tangerine is chenza
tangerine is chenza
nectarine also is chenza
and plural of tangerine which is tangerines
is machenza, now tender coconut
which is the coconut from which we actually drink the juice
tender coconut is dafu
tender coconut = dafu
plural of tender coconuts is madafu. Water melon = tikiti
water melon = tikiti
with that, we conclude todays lesson
see you later
on another lesson of swahili
vocabulary in swahili
tutaonana baadae