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):

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

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

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