Note on Kiswahili

It has been roughly 10 days since I started my intensive Kiswahili learning project.I have an hour tuition a day, plus endless amounts of homework.

Here’s a few fun facts.

Months of the year:

Januari
Februari
Machi
Aprili
Mei
…. you get where I’m going with this, right?

Time:


The Kenyan clock is upside down.  I’m still not convinced this isn’t a joke.

So, when it is 1pm, one states “It is 7 on the afternoon”
2pm, 8
3pm, 9…

Get it?  Go figure.

And then we’ve got the endless stolen words.

Today for lunch I had saladi, washed down with a wittily named, “soda”.

 

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