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LESSON #44: Vowels (Vokali)

Swahili vowels (vokali) are similar to the ones found in the English alphabet but the big difference comes with the pronunciation. As you may know the 5 vowels in English have multiple ways of pronouncing them depending on a number of things like the letter found before or after them. eg. Man vs Make, Egg vs England, Indiana vs Iris, Post vs Cost, Unity vs Undo…….etc, you get the point. In the case of the Swahili language, the five vowels have just one way of pronouncing them (one sound) no matter where they are placed in a word.

So let’s learn how to pronounce these vowels using the following easy to understand examples:

a= Afrika, Alive, Sad, Alice, Clap, Among……..

e= Elephant, Beg, Envision, Bled, Egg……………

i= Ink, Pig, Immature, Cringe, Intel……………

o= Or, Cost, Lot, Pot, Dot…………

u= Push, Rude, Full……………

Now armed with that knowledge try saying these simple Swahili words, break a leg!

  • Pika [cook]                      
  • Kula [eat]
  • Gari [car]
  • Chai [tea]
  • Fanana [resemble]
  • Nunua [buy]
  • Uza [sell]
  • Pakia [load (v)]
  • Leta [bring]
  • Rudi [return]
  • Elewa [understand]
  • Awali [initially]
  • Ogopa [fear (v)]
  • Ita [call]
  • Uhuru [freedom]

LESSON #32: Animal names (majina ya wanyama)

Other animals:

Zebrapundamilia (Lesson #18 (audio)

Horsefarasi ( Lesson #19 (audio)

Goat, Sheep, Cow, Lion- mbuzi, ng’ombe, simba(Lesson #37 (audio)

More animals will be added as we go…

LESSON #16: Colors (rangi)

First the 4 colors of Tanzania’s flag: (being the patriotic citizen that I am, 😉 )

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  • Green- kijani

  • Yellow- manjano/njano

  • Black- nyeusi

  • Blue- buluu/ samawati

    …more>>

LESSON #14: Family members (wana familia)

  • Baba……..

  • Mama…….

  • Dada……….

  • Kaka………..

  • Babu………..

more>>

LESSON #9: Body Parts (sehemu za mwili)

Let’s learn how to say the most common body parts in Swahili (Head-shoulders-knees & toes…) Plus there’s 2 other body parts added at the end ; )

  • Kichwa……….

  • Mabega…………

  • Magoti…………

  • Vidole………………

  • Macho……………

more>>

LESSON #7: Months of the year (miezi)

*Mwezi (miezi) means month(s)

*Months also have “Swahilinized” names as will be explained.

Months:
Mwezi wa kwanza(Januari)

Mwezi wa pili (Februari)

Mwezi wa tatu (Machi)

Mwezi wa nne (Aprili) …more

LESSON #6: Telling the time (wakati)

  • In Swahili culture the day is considered to start at sunrise which in EA normally happens around 6AM. (which in Swahili is 12:00- saa kumi na mbili asubuhi.

Time in Swahili:   12   1   2   3    4     5      6    7   8   9   10   11   12

Time in English:    6    7   8   9   10   11    12   1   2   3    4     5     6

How to tell time (Commonly used words & expressions):

  • Saa– hour(s); time
  • Dakika– minute(s)

…more

LESSON #5: Days of the week (siku za juma)

  • Siku means day(s)
  • Days in Swahili tend to be counted from Saturday

*Common words associated with days of the week:

i) Juzi

ii) Jana

iii) Leo

iv) Kesho

v) Keshokutwa

Days of The Week: …more

LESSON #4: Polite Expressions (tafsida)

Let’s talk about the different polite expressions in Swahili

1) Samahani.

2) Pole

3) Ugua pole

4) Tafadhali …more

LESSON #2: Numbers (nambari/namba)

Nambari/Namba:

1-10: Moja (mosi), Mbili, Tatu, Nne, Tano, Sita, Saba, Nane, Tisa, Kumi

11 – 20: Kumi na moja, Kumi na mbili, Kumi na tatu, Kumi na nne, Kumi na tano, Kumi na sita, Kumi na saba, Kumi na nane, Kumi na tisa, Ishirini

30 – 100: Thelathini/Thalathini, Arubaini, Hamsini, Sitini, Sabini, Themanini, Tisini, Mia (moja) …more

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