Sokoni: A Review of Buying and Selling


Objective: This review incorporates previous lessons on food/fruits, placing orders, and buying things. With this lesson, you should be able to navigate any market in Tanzania or Kenya.

Step 1: Read dialogue 1 and 2 on Sokoni of Furahia Kiswahili

Step 2: Translate the dialogues and summarize them in a few sentences using your own words.

Step 3: Write out the new words and expressions. Guess their meaning before confirming with the msamiati- vocabulary list on page 40.  Create two instances where you use each new word and expression.

kichane- bunches

chenza- tangerine


bamia- okra

nyanyachungu- garden eggs


si ghali, ni rahisi sana. – It’s not expensive, it’s very cheap.

Step 4:  Read the questions that follow the dialogues and answer them.

Step 5: Roleplay a market scene with your mentor.



Reviewing connected lessons: Reviewing lessons using different materials points the attention of learners to different word forms. For example, words learned in the singular form can first seem new when you first encounter them in their plural forms. I had learned fruits the first week of class and now see them in their plural forms. This is similar to verbs that I had learned in the passive form but later realized they actually exist in active forms. While he dialogues present more ways of using learned grammar and expressions, they also remind you of related words and expressions. For example,

Una ndizi mbichi? Do do you have fresh banana? iliyogandiswa frozen, kauka 

Punguza bei tafadhali- Please reduce the price. Ongeza– increase

Mama, umesahau kununua ndizi- Mama, you have forgetten to buy banana. Kumbuka– remember.