LESSON #88: Swahili Sounds…#3 (“mb-” & “mw-“)

Moving on from lesson #81 (“dh-” sound), let’s look at two of m- combination sounds that may give Swahili learners a bit of a headache.

i) mb-
This sounds the same as in the English words remember, December, number  etc.

So you get mba – mbe – mbi – mbo – mbu

And Swahili words like nambari, embe, mbio, mboga, mbu na kadhalika (etc)


ii) mw-
I believe this sound doesn’t exist in English (ready to stand corrected of course).

You get mwa – mwe – mwi – mwo – mwu

And Swahili words like mwanadamu, mwezi, mwizi, mwongozo, mwuguzi na kadhalika.


So now you’ve learnt 4 important Swahili sounds plus of course the vowels hence your pronunciation has no business being mediocre still, you should have been upgraded atleast about 20-30%?!

Till next time…

LESSON #83: Doing the Math in Swahili (yikes!)


Yeahs considering this particular subject and I don’t get along, even am surprised by this post! Last time I learnt Maths in Swahili was close to 20 years ago-just keep that in mind!
There’s no structure to this just me throwing around some Maths related words your way and if anybody finds them useful…you are welcome! Read More

LESSON #82: Family Members~Part II (audio update)

Continuing on with upgrading previous topics, today we cover Family Members (wana familia). So picking up from here, we finish with:

  • Bibi mzaa mama/baba – Maternal/Paternal grandma

  • Babu mzaa mama/baba –Maternal/Paternal granddad

  • Mjomba (wajomba) – mom’s brother, (younger or older), uncle in general, niece, nephew

  • Baba mkubwa (baba wakubwa) – Dad’s older brother

  • Baba mdogo (baba wadogo) – Dad’s younger brother

  • Shangazi (mashangazi) – Dad’s sister (also anyone old enough to be an aunt-mostly middle aged ladies)

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Continuing on from the first lesson on sounds a few days ago, here’s a brand new sound to improve your matamshi (pronunciation) even further.
The sound is dh-. This is an extremely easy one. It of cuz has an English equivalent found in words such as Read More

LESSON #79: Swahili Sounds #1 (“ch-“)

Am gonna try and cover all the common, important Swahili sounds so as to help you with your pronunciation of the different Swahili words you come across. Some sounds are more or less similar to their English counterparts eg. b, m, n, t etc. So we’ll ignore these and concentrate on the not so common ones.

As noted when I covered vowels, Swahili sounds’ best characteristic is their consistency, Read More

LESSON #76: If Ever You’re In a Pickle…

If you are ever in trouble and need help, here’s a coupe of things to assist you:

  • Mwizi! –thief! (ensure that final I is elongated as much as possible for the full effect, something like mwiziiiiiiiiiii…

  • Nisaidieni nakufa- help me, am dying! (I pray to God you never have to say this…actually wait, maybe you should say this, people tend to respond faster to this!)… → -1537″ class=”Read More -link”>Read More

LESSON #70: Please, Excuse me, Sorry & Thank you in Swahili

If you like me had a teacher that emphasised on the importance of these 4 phrases then you must know just how much weight they are given in any culture/language. I have touched on these previously but what I’ll be doing is telling you about their different variations as well.
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LESSON #52: In the bedroom (chumbani)


  • Bedroom- chumba cha kulala (vyumba vya kulala)
  • Bed- kitanda (vitanda)
  • Mattress- godoro (magodoro)
  • Bed sheet- shuka (mashuka)
  • Blanket- blanketi (mablanketi)
  • Pillow- mto (mito)…(hands up if u know the other meaning of ‘mto’!)
  • Pillow case- foronya
  • Wardrobe- kabati la nguo (makabati ya nguo)
  • Mirror-kioo (vioo)
  • Sleepwear- nguo ya kulalia (nguo za kulalia)