I'm tired

Hi Coleman! I’ m not sure how to express “I’m tired.” I found the word sɛgɛn in the dictionary. Is It sɛgɛn bɛ n na or ne bɛ sɛgɛn na? Or something completely different?
It would be great if you have a solution.

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I ni ce! :slight_smile:

Good question!

Yes, the verb is ka sɛgɛn (‘to tire’). The way that people prefer to use it to express the idea of “being tired” can differ regionally, but here’s some options.

  • With the verb being used statively

    N sɛgɛnna

    “I have tired” → “I am tired”

  • With the past participle -len added to the verb

    N sɛgɛlen don

    “I tired it.is” → “I am tired”

Let me know if that helps! :slight_smile:

I ni ce Coleman!
Yes, thanks, it helps a lot!
I ni su, Ala ka Su heere caya!

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I ni ce Elbe,

Coleman already answered your question, but wanted to comment on the forms you used.

Both sɛgɛn bɛ n na and ne bɛ sɛgɛn na can refer to (financial) difficulty, in Mali anyways.

Cheers !

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Good point, @OUMAR_TOURE! I hadn’t even thought of that given the question :grimacing:

Here’s what Oumar is getting at, @elbe1 :

Sɛgɛn bɛ n na

Lit. ‘Fatigue is upon me’

(but sɛgɛn in this context is often about financial hardship or distress and not actually physical fatigue)

I ni ce! Thanks a lot for your answer! It was very helpful !

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I ni ce Coleman!
It s always so interesting tô talk about language and its different meanings in different Contexts!
I ni su, k’ an bɛn!

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