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…


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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.

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