What’s your favourite expression or word in another language? There are so many of these brilliant words and expressions!
Mine is “Poa kichizi kama ndizi ndani ya friji.” (Poh-ah key-chee-zee kah-mah nd’ee-zee nd’ah-nee yah free-gee.)
This amazing Swahili phrase is perfect for describing how you feel when things are just super: “Poa kichizi kama ndizi ndani ya friji.” (Poh-ah key-chee-zee kah-mah nd’ee-zee nd’ah-nee yah free-gee). It means “crazy/super cool like a banana inside a fridge.”
It is my favourite Swahili expressions. It is a lot of fun and really easy to remember since it i s so unique (or strange) and humorous.
One of the many great things about languages worldwide is the sizeable number of words for which there is no real English trans
lation. As The Guardian outlines, often they tell us about concepts and ideas that we are missing out on in the anglophone world. And the truth is when you start learning a new language, one of the first things you’ll discover is that certain words and phrases in your new language have no other equivalent. (“Poa kichizi kama ndizi ndani ya friji,” being one such saying.)
This can be really frustrating. How are you supposed to learn a language when you can’t think of a simple mother tongue translation? That said, this is one of my favourite aspects of language learning! Once you’re familiar with a language and its cultural roots, you’ll realize that many of these phrases are perfect for expressing concepts that you can’t say in your native language (without awkward rephrasing).
“Poa kichizi kama ndizi ndani ya friji,” celebrate it with a sticker or more available here, and share it with your friends! Do’nt forget to try introducing it into conversations next time – whether it fits or not 😀.
“Poa kichizi kama ndizi ndani ya friji” – it is a classically apt Swahili saying – funny yet beautiful at the same time!!