In kiswahili class, we read a children’s book to practice our skills. I’m not sure which was harder: understanding the vocabulary, or understanding the cultural context.
Here is my translated summary of the story:
The lion is getting old and he wants to see his daughter married before he dies. (This part was very confusing for us. Why does he care? How old is he?)
So he calls all the animals in the jungle to a meeting. He tells them that his daughter must get married, and he asks that each animal say why it would be the best match for his daughter.
(Why did he call ALL the animals? A lioness can’t marry a zebra, can she?)
Each animal, from shark to peacock, says why he would be the best match.
(There are no sharks in the jungle. There are also no peacocks in the jungle.)
In the end, the lioness decides that she wants to marry the cat because he is fun to play with and he is calm and won’t beat her.
(For real, it says that she wants to marry him because he won’t beat her. I assume they live happily ever after, although this is left unstated.)