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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Swahili Numbers

Ethiopian Argument | Thursday, May 22, 2014
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.
CardinalSwahiliOrdinalSwahili
onemmoja Audiofirstkwanza Audio
twombili Audiosecondpili Audio
threetatu Audiothirdwa tatu Audio
fournne Audiofourthwa nne Audio
fivetano Audiofifthwa tano Audio
sixsita Audiosixthwa sita Audio
sevensaba Audioseventhwa saba Audio
eightnane Audioeighthwa nane Audio
ninetisa Audioninthtisa Audio
tenkumi Audiotenthkumi Audio
elevenkumi na moja Audioeleventhkumi na moja Audio
twelvekuma na mbili Audiotwelfthkumi na mbili Audio
thirteenkumi na tatu Audiothirteenthkumi na tatu Audio
fourteenkumi na nne Audiooncemara moja Audio
fifteenkumi na tano Audiotwicemara mbili Audio
sixteenkumi na sita AudioMondayjumatatu Audio
seventeenkumi na saba AudioTuesdayjumanne Audio
eighteenkumi na nane AudioWednesdayjumatano Audio
nineteenkumi na tisa AudioThursdayalhamisi Audio
twentyishirini AudioFridayijumaa Audio
seventy onesabini na moja AudioSaturdayjumamosi Audio
one hundredmia AudioSundayjumapili Audio


Numbers Grammar Rules
Swahili cardinal numbers refer to the counting numbers, because they show quantity. For example: I speak twolanguages. 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 + RulesSwahili
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.
EnglishSwahili
Where are you from?unatoka nchi gani? Audio
I'm from the U.Smimi ninatoka amerika Audio
I'm Americanmimi ni mmarekani Audio
Where do you live?unaishi wapi? Audio
I live in the U.Sninaishi amerika Audio
What do you do for a living?unafanya kazi gani? Audio
I'm a studentmimi ni mwanafunzi Audio
Source: www.learn101.org

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