Swahili Numbers

Welcome to the sixth Swahili lesson about numbers. This time we will learn about cardinal and ordinal numbers, followed by grammar rules, then animal names, finally a conversation in Swahili to help you practice your daily phrases.

Cardinal and Ordinal
Swahili
one
mmoja Audio
first
kwanza Audio
two
mbili Audio
second
pili Audio
three
tatu Audio
third
wa tatu Audio
four
nne Audio
fourth
wa nne Audio
five
tano Audio
fifth
wa tano Audio
six
sita Audio
sixth
wa sita Audio
seven
saba Audio
seventh
wa saba Audio
eight
nane Audio
eighth
wa nane Audio
nine
tisa Audio
ninth
tisa Audio
ten
kumi Audio
tenth
kumi Audio
eleven
kumi na moja Audio
eleventh
kumi na moja Audio
twelve
kuma na mbili Audio
twelfth
kumi na mbili Audio
thirteen
kumi na tatu Audio
thirteenth
kumi na tatu Audio
fourteen
kumi na nne Audio
once
mara moja Audio
fifteen
kumi na tano Audio
twice
mara mbili Audio
sixteen
kumi na sita Audio
Monday
jumatatu Audio
seventeen
kumi na saba Audio
Tuesday
jumanne Audio
eighteen
kumi na nane Audio
Wednesday
jumatano Audio
nineteen
kumi na tisa Audio
Thursday
alhamisi Audio
twenty
ishirini Audio
Friday
ijumaa Audio
seventy one
sabini na moja Audio
Saturday
jumamosi Audio
one hundred
mia Audio
Sunday
jumapili Audio

Numbers Grammar Rules

Swahili cardinal numbers refer to the counting numbers, because they show quantity. For example: I speak two languages. Ordinal numbers on the other hand tell the order of things and their rank: my first language is Swahili. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Swahili
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
nina mbwa watatu Audio
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
binti yangu ana paka wawili Audio
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
anafahamu lugha saba Audio
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
ndugu yangu ana mtoto mmoja Audio
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
hili ni somo langu la pili Audio
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
je, ulisoma kitabu ya tatu? Audio

We're not done yet! The following is a list of animals.

cow
cow Audio
ng'ombe
goat
goat Audio
mbuzi
donkey
donkey Audio
punda
horse
horse Audio
farasi
dog
dog Audio
mbwa
cat
cat Audio
paka
mouse
mouse Audio
panya
bird
bird Audio
ndege

Conversation in Swahili

Now we finally reach the last part, the practice of the daily conversations. These phrases are used to get to know new people, and break the ice.

English
Swahili
Where are you from?
unatoka nchi gani? Audio
I'm from the U.S
mimi ninatoka amerika Audio
I'm American
mimi ni mmarekani Audio
Where do you live?
unaishi wapi? Audio
I live in the U.S
ninaishi amerika Audio
What do you do for a living?
unafanya kazi gani? Audio
I'm a student
mimi ni mwanafunzi Audio

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Swahili? I hope so, if you have any problem with this lesson contact me with questions you have here. You can now check the next lesson below.

Swahili Gender   Swahili Gender

Swahili Phrases   Swahili Phrases



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