In this lesson – How to Ask a Question in Bemba, we look at the verb “Eat” (Lya).
- Mu ciBemba (In Bemba) the same words are used to refer to a man and to a woman (He / She).
- In the following examples, remember that the plural form (pl.) is used to address one person as a sign of respect. (The plural form of “You”).
- The words Ninshi / Cinshi / Finshi are sometimes used interchangeably, but they mean different things:
- “Ninshi” to refer to “What is it?”
- “Cinshi” is used when you are referring to one thing, e.g “What one thing have I done?”
- “Finshi.” is used to refer to more than one thing, eg. “What things have I done?”
Eat = Lya
(You can use “Ninshi”(What is it), “Cinshi” (What thing) or “Finshi” (What things) wherever each of them is used below).
What have I eaten? = Finshi nalya?
What have you eaten? = Finshi muliile? (pl.) / Finshi uliile? (sing.)
What has she eaten? = Finshi aliile?
What has he eaten? = Finshi aliile?
What have they eaten? = Finshi baliile?
What does she eat? = Finshi alya?
What does he eat? = Finshi alya?
What do they eat? = Finshi balya?
What did I eat? = Finshi naaliile?
What did you eat? (sing.) = Finshi waaliile?
What did you eat? (pl.) = Finshi mwaaliile?
What did he / she eat? (sing.) = Finshi aaliile?
What did he / she eat? (pl.) = Finshi aaliile?
What did they eat? = Finshi baaliile?
What will I eat? = Finshi nkalya?
What will you eat? (sing.) = Finshi ukalya?
What will you eat? (pl.) = Finshi mukalya?
What will he / she eat? (sing.) = Finshi akalya?
What will he / she eat? (pl.) = Finshi bakalya?
What will they eat? = Finshi bakalya?
Look out for further lessons from the 15.00 series.
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