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):

Test your knowledge #2 – Numbers

*Can you say these numbers in Swahili? (the bigger numbers have sample answers as guidelines)

a) Moja…………….

b) 12…………………………………………….

c) 7………………….

d) Tatu……………..

e) Mbili………………

f) 4……………….. Read More

LESSON #5: Days of the week (siku)

  • 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: Read More

Test your knowledge #1- Greetings

Fill in the blanks:

1) ……………………………… Marahaba

2) “Habari gani?” …………………. or  ………………………………

3) …………………………………   or   ………………………….. (good morning)

4) Hodi?…………………………..

5) ………………………………………….. (good afternoon) Read More

Diamond’s Mbagala

This is actually the song I played at the beginning of the “polite expressions” podcast. I loved this song the moment I heard it and this guy has managed to release hit after hit ever since his debut. The lyrics are quite poetic as well. Overall beautiful song and one of the all time top tunes by this guy as well as in TZ and E.A. Enjoy!

LESSON #3: Learn Swahili vocabulary with pictures #1

Bongo street 1

words to learn: barabara, basi dogo (mabasi madogo), daladala, matatu, abiria, magari (gari), mama, mtoto (watoto), daraja (madaraja), mabango (bango) Read More

Swahili Culture…

I thought I’d talk about the very fascinating culture that belongs to Swahili speakers. (mostly found in the Coastal areas of Tanzania & Kenya ). This is from my perspective as a Swahili speaker but not really a Swahili person. My dad actually comes from this beautiful mountainous place called Morogoro a.k.a. “Mji Kasoro Bahari” (The city minus an ocean). I shamelessly don’t speak my mother tongue and to be fair neither does my dad but it’s all good because half the people in Tanzania can’t speak their mother tongue, all they know is Swahili, thanks to our founding father Mwl. J.K. Anyways I do digress, on to the Swahili Culture… Read 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) Read More