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

Uploaded by kulmansam on 17.09.2010

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)