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Table of Contents

1: Hujambo? How are you?
2: Habari? What's new?
3: Lakini But
4: Matamshi. Pronunciation.
5: Matamshi. Pronunciation.
6: Wapi? Where?
7: Wapi hasa? Where precisely?
8: Matamishi. Pronunciation.
9: Matamshi. Pronunciation.
10: Ngapi? How many?
11: Matamshi. Pronunciation.
12: Kupika chai. Making tea.
13: Kununua mahindi. Buying maize.
14: Sokoni. At the market. Matamshi ya kiarabu. Arabic-type pronunciation.
15: Kwenda Mombasa (1). Going to Mombasa (1).
16: Kwenda Mombasa (2). Behewa la kulalia. In the sleeping-car.
17: Jamaa. The family. Matamshi: mkazo. Pronunciation: stress.
18: Mwoga. The coward.
19: Kudanganywa! Cheated! Matamshi. Pronunciation.
20: Kutodanganywa. Not being cheated.
21: Lini? When?
22: Nchi yetu. Our country.
23: Ajali. An accident.
24: Ugonjwa. Illness.
25: Kuazima na kuazimia. Borrowing and lending.
26: Kwenda Tamarind. Going to the Tamarind.
27: Barua. A letter.
28: Malaika. Angel.
29: Kukata umeme. Electricity cut off.
30: Haraka haraka haina baraka. More haste, less speed.
31: Kuibiwa. A robbery.
32: Ziara. A visit.
33: Nyota. Your stars.
34: Mwanasesere. The doll.
35: Mpira. Football.

About the Author

Joan Maw is presently Reader Emeritus, University of London. During her career she has taught in both this country and in Uganda at a variety of levels. She has been both a lecturer and a Research Fellow of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and headed the Department of Africa in SOAS from 1984 until 1988.

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