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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Swahili Verbs

Ethiopian Argument | Thursday, May 22, 2014
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 TenseSwahili
I speak Englishmimi huongea kiingereza Audio
you speak Frenchunaongea kifaransa Audio
he speaks Germananaongea kijerumani Audio
she speaks Italiananaongea kiitalia Audio
we speak Arabicsisi huongea kiarabu Audio
they speak Chinesewao huongea kichina Audio


The past tense in Swahili conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:
Past TenseSwahili
I visited Francenilitembelea ufaransa Audio
you visited Italywewe alitembelea italia Audio
he visited Moroccoalitembelea morocco Audio
she visited Chinaalitembelea china Audio
we visited Mexicotulitembelea mexico Audio
they visited Kenyawalienda 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 TenseSwahili
I will drink milknitakunywa maziwa Audio
you will drink coffeeutakunywa kahawa Audio
he will drink teaatakunywa chai Audio
she will drink wateratakunywa maji Audio
we will drink apple juicetutakunywa maji ya matunda Audio
they will drink teawatakunywa 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!
EnglishSwahili
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 straightkwenda moja kwa moja Audio
Thenbasi Audio
Turn leftupande wa kushoto Audio
Turn rightupande wa kulia Audio
Source: www.learn101.org

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