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Swahili Word of the Day - bell pepper (noun)

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pilipili hoho bell pepper (noun)

Nyingizo za pilipili hoho ni kijani, nyekundu na njano.
The most common bell peppers are green, red or yellow.

pilipili hoho nyekundu, kijani,na njano
red, green and yellow bell peppers

pilipili hoho kijani
green bell peppers

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Swahili Word of the Day - manager (noun)

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meneja manager (noun)

Meneja wa idara anapeana maagizo.
The factory manager is giving instructions.

Meneja wa idara anasimamia uzalishaji.
The department manager is in charge of production.

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Swahili Word of the Day - first class (phrase)

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daraja la kwanza first class (phrase)

Viti vya daraja la kwanza kwenye denge ndizo zilizo ghali mno.
First class seats on an airplane are the most expensive.

viti vya daraja la kwanza
first class seat

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Swahili Word of the Day - bridge (noun)

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daraja bridge (noun)

Kabla ya daraja, tulivuka mto kwa boti.
Before the bridge, we crossed the river by boat.

daraja juu ya maji
bridge over water

daraja la chini
under a bridge

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Swahili Word of the Day - reservation (noun)

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hifadhi reservation (noun)

Je, unahifadhi?
Do you have a reservation?

hifadhi ya saa mbili jioni
reservation for 8 PM

uhifadhi wa watu watatu
reservation for three

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Swahili Word of the Day - wake up (verb)

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kuamka wake up (verb)

Mvulana huamka na kutoka kwa kitandani chake.
The boy wakes up and leaves his bed.

Mvulana aliamka asubuhi.
The boy woke up in the morning.

Mwanamke anaamka.
The woman is waking up.

Jogoo atakapowika, nitaamka.
When the rooster crows, I will wake up.

Mimi huamka saa kumi na mbili kila asubuhi.
I wake up every morning at six o’clock a.m.

Mwanamume anaamka.
The man is waking up.

Mvulana huamka asubuhi.
The boy wakes up in the morning.

kuamka asubuhi
wake up in the morning

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Swahili Word of the Day - big (adjective)

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kubwa big (adjective)

Kiti kubwa kiko katikati.
The big chair is in the middle.

Anaishi kwenye nyumba kubwa.
He lives in a big house.

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Swahili Word of the Day - swan (noun)

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ndege swan (noun)

Ndege wanaogelea kwenye maji.
The swans are swimming in the water.

Ndege anaogelea kwenye ziwa.
The swan is swimming in the lake.

Ndege anayeogelea.
swimming swan

Ndege mwenye shingo ndefu.
long neck swan

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Swahili Word of the Day - twelve (noun)

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kumi na mbili twelve (noun)

Kuna miezi kumi na mbili kwa mwaka.
There are twelve months in a year.

Saa linasoma dakika nane kufika saa sita.
The clock reads eight minutes to twelve.

nambari kumi na mbili
number twelve

saa kumi na mbili
twelve o’clock

kumi na mbili
12

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Swahili Word of the Day - automobile (noun)

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motokaa automobile (noun)

Motokaa unapenduka kulia.
The automobile is turning right.

motokaa wa milango mbili
two-door automobile

kiwanda cha motokaa
automobile factory

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