one american's view of life in kenya
posted by Paul Merrill at 9:59 PM
"Kubonga" is slang for "to speak nonsense". An interesting choice of term for Safaricom to choose to promote its phone service. I saw these advertisements when we were in Nairobi 3 weeks ago and wondered what the points were actually good for.A good online source for Swahili is:http://www.yale.edu/swahili/Bob
ku-bonga really is to just speak e.g. I was bonga-ing with that girl from receiving the other day.It isnt talking nonsense but just having a conversation.Welcome to the world of sheng- freakengineer
"bonga" is actually best translated as small talk But like most sheng' (swahili slang) words its meaning is very malleable. It can be used for salutation aka "TALK" "speak" "tell me some new" also "tell me whats on your mind"
Nimefundishwa leo! Not living in the city nor working with youth, I learned pretty good standard Swahili but not Sheng. Glad to be enlightened.Bob
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