Swahili language - 9 surprising facts and phrases

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Since I worked in an office at University of Verona a few years ago, I fell in love with African languages because of two colleagues I had from there. One of them was actually a priest, and he's one of the most interesting persons I've ever met, but this is separate story.
A few days ago I found a pdf Swahili grammar book, and I browsed through it from the very first page to the last. Swahili is so different from all the languages I speak, that the attractiveness I find in it is so much greater!

Reading through the book, I found a lot of interesting and surprising things of this beautiful language, and so I decided to put them into a list for all those like me, mad about foreign languages. Hope you will enjoy it!

But before moving forward, know that Swahili is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and some parts of eastern and south-eastern Africa. The number of estimated speakers reaches 100 million!

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10 superstitions from Moldova and Romania (part II)

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"Hi" in Romanian? "Bună!"
1. If any of the tableware falls on the ground, someone hungry will come soon at that place. 
Writing this superstition, I remembered a similarly weird belief from my childhood (though, I cannot find any similar superstition on Google) - if you accidentally drop your keys, you will meet someone for the first time in that exact place.

2. A black cat living in a house brings luck. 
While a black cat crossing your path is bad luck, having one in your house is to prosperity and happiness.

10 superstitions from Moldova and Romania (part I)

Are you superstitious or not? Either you answer yes or no, the superstitions listed below may be interesting for anyone as part of Moldovan and Romanian culture. These may tell you more about why some people behave the way they do.


1. When leaving the house for a longer time, all people in the house have to sit down and stay silent for a few seconds right before the farewell. To a safe trip of the traveler.

Everytime I had to leave Moldova after my holidays at home, my mom asked me to sit down with her for a few moments. I'm always amused when she's asking me to do that, but since it's comforting her, I just do it. Besides, usually when I leave for a longer time, I have to pack lots of things, so part of the house is a bit in mess on my departure, but my mom never cleans it until I reach my destination, as it might bring bad luck to me.
Only this first superstition is not common in Romania. It is well known in Russia, and so it might explain its presence in Moldova.