Numbers in Swahili are very easy to say. If you know how to say 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
9, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 1000, 1000000, and 1000000000, you should be
able to say any other (practical) number. Thats because, the other
(also husbands/wifes brother)
mtoto wa kike
Armed with the knowledge of viambishi, and some verbs, were now ready to construct
our first Swahili sentences! Lets start with positive sentences using the verb soma
(read). In the tables below, viambishi for subject are in red and those for tense are in
Here is a list of various Swahili letters and letter combinations with distinct sounds.
Please click on the words written in blue to learn how they sound like in Swahili.
The table below gives words/phrases that convey greetings. You will respond with a
word or a phrase written in blue to the corresponding word or phrase written in red.
Shikamoo! (to a
person older than
The Swahili language doesnt have its own alphabet. It was originally written using the
Arabic alphabet. For the sounds missing in the Arabic alphabet like CH and G, Farsi
characters were used. Later on in history, the colonial rulers in East Africa and Ch
DAYS OF THE WEEK
In the Swahili world, the week (wiki) has seven days (siku) just like in the West. The
first day of the week, however, is different. It is Saturday! The sixth day of the week,
Thursday, is sometimes pronounced as Alkhamisi instead of Alha