LESSON #24: Common fruit names (majina ya matunda)

  • FruitTunda (sing.); Matunda (pl.)
  • All the plurals are in brackets and for those with no plural none is given…
  • Audio hasn’t been updated unfortunately as I trust ya’ll are pretty good with your pronunciation!


                                      Chungwa (Machungwa)

embe                                                                                         Embe (Maembe)




                                              Tufaha (Matufaha)


 Zabibu                                                                                       Nanasi (Mananasi)


Parachichi (Maparachichi)


Limau  (Malimau)                                                                                                


tikiti majiTikiti maji (Matikiti maji)


Papai (Mapapai)


Pera (Mapera)


Pesheni (Mapesheni)/ Pashoni (Mapashoni)


Chenza (Machenza)


Pea (Mapea)

Listen to this episode on the following link: EPISODE 24: Common fruit names in Swahili.

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6 Responses to LESSON #24: Common fruit names (majina ya matunda)

  1. boga says:

    really just a few of all the tasty fruits you have in East Africa. (e.g. fenesi, nazi, papai, topetope, balungi, passion, kuyu…) Do you know even more, and sometimes I even don’t know english name just swahili, and is everything correct? Tufaha and zabibu from your list in my opinion are not very well-known in Tanzania, because they are not growing at much places and they are very expensive, isn’t it? During my journeys I don’t saw them often, and especially if i asked for this fruits only few people know it. Can you please help me with the plural of the fruits, like embe (moja)-maembe (mengi) or chungwa-machungwa? Seem that ever fruit is ji-ma?
    You also have a list like this for vegetables?

  2. lisensei07 says:

    Not really as most fruits tend to be seasonal so whenever they are not in season the prices tend to be a little crazy! You are right though, apples do tend to be more expensive than say oranges and mangoes. And point noted about plurals, more fruits and veggies…look out for part 2!

  3. Boga says:

    thx a lot for updating! This list is very useful, especially the pictures are good to remember the words…

  4. lisensei07 says:

    My pleasure! Stay tuned for more…

  5. Alphonce Nyakundi says:

    thanks for the research you are doing to make sure that we get to learn the correct nouns of the fruits in Kiswahili, however in the plurals, take the roots of the verbs in both singular and plural and it will be easier for you e.g. embe limeanguka, in plural, maembe yameanguka, hence [ li-ya] ngeli as we call them.

  6. lisensei07 says:

    Thanks for dropping by & for your contribution. Be sure to subscribe whilst you are at it 😉

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