Word for the Travel Wise (09/29/06)

A friend of mine left for Nairobi earlier this month, but prior to heading out she was poking around Gadling wondering why there wasn’t more on Kenya? I agree, Kenya is definitely a place we should have loads of information about with so many people interested in the Masai Mara and other attractions I’m sure. Well– I’m sure she’ll have plenty of recommendations when she makes it back from her volunteer travels and I’ll be sure to pass them along.

Today’s word is a Swahili (Kiswahili) word used in Kenya:

zaidi – more

Masai-Mara has a section devoted to useful Swahili and Kenya Travels has a similar list, but to catch the missing words between the two I suggest looking at them both. The Kamusi Project is the internet’s only living Swahili dictionary which has been suspended due to funding issues. Sad, seeing it seems like one of the best sources to learning the lang, but the if you’re willing to donate a few dollars you can help keep the website alive. To learn basic background facts about Swahili check out Wikipedia. Did you know the name Swahili comes from the plural of Arabic word sahel (singular) or its plural sawahil meaning “boundary” or “coast?” Just one cool fact I discovered during the first lesson I taught.

Past Swahili words: unasemaje, simu , asubuhi