Swahili Adjectives

Welcome to the second Swahili lesson about adjectives. This time we will first learn about colors, followed by grammar rules, then weather expressions, finally a conversation in Swahili to help you practice your daily phrases.

black
black Audio
nyeusi
grey
grey Audio
kijivu
white
white Audio
nyeupe
blue
blue Audio
bluu
green
green Audio
kijani kibichi
yellow
yellow Audio
manjano
red
red Audio
nyekundu
brown
brown Audio
hudhurungi

Adjectives Grammar Rules

In general adjectives are words which describe or modify another person or object in a given sentence. For example: a beautiful flower the adjective is [beautiful] because it describes the noun [flower]. The following examples use adjectives in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar Rules
Swahili
my house is white
[noun + adjective]
nyumba yangu ni nyeupe Audio
your country is big
[noun + adjective]
nchi yako ni kubwa Audio
new books are expensive
[plural + adjective]
vitabu vipya ni ghali Audio
we are happy here
[pronoun + verb + adjective]
sisi tuna furaha hapa Audio
she has three small dogs
[adjective + plural]
yeye ana mbwa watatu wadogo Audio
this language is very easy
[adverb + adjective]
lugha hii ni rahisi sana Audio
I have a small green house
[adjective + adjective]
nina nyumba ndogo rangi ya kijani kibichi Audio

We're not done yet! The following is a list of more adjectives for you, often used when referring to weather conditions. I think it would be wise to memorize them.

cold
cold Audio
baridi
hot
hot Audio
joto
cloudy
cloudy Audio
mawingu
rainy
rainy Audio
kunyesha
snowy
snowy Audio
kunyesha theluji
sunny
sunny Audio
jua
windy
windy Audio
upepo
warm
warm Audio
joto

Conversation in Swahili

Now we finally reach the most exciting part, the practice of the daily expressions used in almost every conversation. I recommend memorizing these phrases, because you will need them for sure.

English
Swahili
hi
hi Audio
how are you?
habari gani? Audio
I'm good, thank you
nzuri Audio
and you?
labda wewe? Audio
what is your name?
jina lako ni nani? Audio
my name is Maya
jina langu ni maya Audio
nice to meet you
nafurahi kukutana na wewe Audio

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about adjectives in Swahili. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. The next lesson is below.

Swahili Alphabet   Swahili Alphabet

Swahili Nouns   Swahili Nouns



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