Swahili Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Swahili. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Swahili.

Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Swahili conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:

Present Tense
Swahili
I speak English
mimi huongea kiingereza Audio
you speak French
unaongea kifaransa Audio
he speaks German
anaongea kijerumani Audio
she speaks Italian
anaongea kiitalia Audio
we speak Arabic
sisi huongea kiarabu Audio
they speak Chinese
wao huongea kichina Audio

The past tense in Swahili conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:

Past Tense
Swahili
I visited France
nilitembelea ufaransa Audio
you visited Italy
wewe alitembelea italia Audio
he visited Morocco
alitembelea morocco Audio
she visited China
alitembelea china Audio
we visited Mexico
tulitembelea mexico Audio
they visited Kenya
walienda kenya Audio

The future tense in Swahili conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:

Future Tense
Swahili
I will drink milk
nitakunywa maziwa Audio
you will drink coffee
utakunywa kahawa Audio
he will drink tea
atakunywa chai Audio
she will drink water
atakunywa maji Audio
we will drink apple juice
tutakunywa maji ya matunda Audio
they will drink tea
watakunywa chai Audio

Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.

ear
ear Audio
sikio
eye
eye Audio
jicho
mouth
mouth Audio
mdomo
nose
nose Audio
pua
hair
hair Audio
nywele
face
face Audio
uso
head
head Audio
kichwa
heart
heart Audio
moyo
hand
hand Audio
mkono
fingers
fingers Audio
vidole
leg
leg Audio
mguu
feet
feet Audio
miguu

Travel Phrases in Swahili

Imagine yourself in some Swahili speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!

English
Swahili
Can you help me?
je, unaweza kunisaidia? Audio
Can I help you?
je, ninaweza kukusaidia? Audio
Where is the airport?
wapi uwanja wa ndege? Audio
Go straight
kwenda moja kwa moja Audio
Then
basi Audio
Turn left
upande wa kushoto Audio
Turn right
upande wa kulia Audio

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Swahili was not hard for you. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Swahili Vocabulary   Swahili Vocabulary

Swahili Audio   Swahili Audio



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