Thursday, January 6

Where's The Nearest "Apakushita Amafuta Yamumotoka?"

Although English is the official language, there are 72 tribal dialects in Zambia. In some case, tribemembers from adjacent areas -- say, a Tumbuka and an Ngoni -- could communicate, because their languages are similar. However, if tribemembers from non-adjacent areas tried to communicate, there is a good chance for misunderstanding.

Amazingly, Webster's provides an online Bemba dictionary. Bemba is a popular language spoken largely in the northern and central portions of Zambia. Before a Bemba traveled to Eastern Province, though, he might want to check out an online Chewa dictionary.

(BTW -- Apakushita Amafuta Yamumotoka is a gas station.)

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