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Zama is great! Zama is great! Zama a di bes!

Written by Michael Oguttu

Illustrated by Vusi Malindi

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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My little brother sleeps very late. I wake early, because I am great!

My little brother sleeps very late. I wake early, because I am great!

Mi likl bredda sliip liet-liet. Mi get op orli kaaz mi a di bes!


I am the one who lets in the sun.

I am the one who lets in the sun.

A mi mek di son kom iihn.


“You’re my morning star,” says Ma.

"You're my morning star," says Ma.

"Yu a fi mi maanin star," mama se.


I wash myself, I don’t need any help.

I wash myself, I don't need any help.

Mi bied miself, mi no waa no elp.


I can cope with cold water and blue smelly soap.

I can cope with cold water and blue smelly soap.

Mi kyan stan di kuol waata an di smel bad suop.


Ma reminds, “Don’t forget teeth.” I reply, “Never, not me!”

Ma reminds, "Don't forget teeth." I reply, "Never, not me!"

Mama rimain mi se, "Dohn figet fi brosh yu tiit dem." Mi ansa se, "Neva, no mii!"


After washing, I greet Grandpa and Auntie, and wish them a good day.

After washing, I greet Grandpa and Auntie, and wish them a good day.

Afta mi bied, mi tel granpaa an anti maanin, an fi av a nais die.


Then I dress myself, “I’m big now Ma,” I say.

Then I dress myself, "I'm big now Ma," I say.

Den mi put aan mi kluoz bai miself, "mi big nou mama," mi se.


I can close my buttons and buckle my shoes.

I can close my buttons and buckle my shoes.

Mi kyan botn mi klouz an bokl mi shuuz dem.


And I make sure little brother knows all the school news.

And I make sure little brother knows all the school news.

An mi mek shuor se likl bredda nuo aal di nyuuz fram skuul.


In class I do my best in every way.

In class I do my best in every way.

Ina klaas mi du mi bes ina evriting.


I do all these good things every day. But the thing I like most, is to play and play!

I do all these good things every day. But the thing I like most, is to play and play!

Evridie, mi du aal a dem gud tingz ya. Bot di ting mi lov di muos, a fi plie an plie.


Written by: Michael Oguttu
Illustrated by: Vusi Malindi
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 2
Source: Zama is great! from African Storybook
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