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Learn Chichewa Lesson 5: Useful Statements 11-20

Lesson 5: Useful Statements 11-20

11) Don’t worry.

Chichewa
Chichewa
Osa dandaula.

Osa dandaula
English Chichewa
Don’t Osa
worry dandaula

12) Really? / True? / Not really / Not true

Chichewa
Chichewa
Zoona?

Really?/ True?

Chichewa
Chichewa
Zoona.

Really. / True.

Chichewa
Chichewa
Si zoona.

Not Really. / Not True.

Zoona?
English Chichewa
Really zoona
not si

13) I have understood. / I did not understand.

Chichewa
Chichewa
Ndamva.

I have understood.

Chichewa
Chichewa
Sindinamve.

I did not understand.

Ndamva / Sindinamve
English Chichewa
I’ve Nda
understand mva
(past tense) na
not si

When the sentence is ‘past tense’+’negative sentence’ like ‘I did not understand’, the suffix of verb changes to ‘e’ like from ‘mva’ to ‘mve’.

14) I like     something     . / I don’t like     something     

Chichewa
Chichewa
Ndimakonda madzi.

I like water.

Chichewa
Chichewa
Sindimakonda madzi.

I don’t like water.

Ndimakonda___ / Sindimakonda___
English Chichewa
I do Ndi ma
like konda
water madzi
not si

15) I want     something     . / I don’t want     something     

Chichewa
Chichewa
Ndikufuna madzi.

I want water.

Chichewa
Chichewa
Sindikufuna madzi.

I don’t want water.

Ndikufuna___ / Sindikufuna___
English Chichewa
I am Ndi ku
want funa
water madzi
not si

Chichewa speaker use ‘present continuous tense’ for ‘want’ like ‘I am wanting water’.

16) Are you tired? / I’m tired. / I’m not tired. 

Chichewa
Chichewa
Mwatopa?

Have you been tired? (Are you tired?)

Chichewa
Chichewa
Ndatopa.

I’ve been tired. (I’m tired.)

Chichewa
Chichewa
Sindinatope.

I didn’t be tired. (I’m not tired.)

Mwatopa? / Ndatopa. / Sindinatope.
English Chichewa
You’ve Mwa
be tired topa
I’ve Nda
not si

When the sentence is ‘past tense’+’negative sentence’ like ‘I did not be tired’, the suffix of verb changes to ‘e’ like from ‘topa’ to ‘tope’.

17) Are you hungry? / I’m hungry. / I’m not hungry. (possession) 

Chichewa
Chichewa
Muli ndi njala?

You are with hunger? (Are you hungry?)

Chichewa
Chichewa
Ndili ndi njala.

I am with hunger. (I’m hungry.)

Chichewa
Chichewa
Ndilibe njala.

I am without hunger. (I’m not hungry.)

Muli ndi njala? / Ndili ndi njala. / Ndilibe njala.
English Chichewa
You’re Muli
with ndi
hunger njala
I’m Ndili
without be

Are you hungry? = You are with hunger?

18) Are you full? / I am full. / I am not full. 

Chichewa
Chichewa
Mwakhuta?

You have been full? (Are you full?)

Chichewa
Chichewa
Ndakhuta.

I’ve been full. (I’m full.)

Chichewa
Chichewa
Sindinakhute.

I didn’t be full. (I’m not full.)

Mwakhuta? / Ndakhuta. / Sindinakhute.
English Chichewa
You’ve Mwa
be full khuta
I’ve Nda
not si

19) Sorry. 

Chichewa
Chichewa
Pepani.

Sorry.

Pepani
English Chichewa
Sorry Pepani

20) Thank you very much. 

Chichewa
Chichewa
Zikomo kwambiri.

Thank you very much.

Zikomo kwambiri
English Chichewa
Thanks Zikomo
very much/ a lot kwambiri
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