Swahili Adverbs

Swahili Adverbs

If you're trying to learn Swahili Adverbs which is also called Kiswahili, check our courses about Adverbs of time place manner and frequency... to help you with your Swahili grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Swahili. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Swahili Adverbs

Learning the Swahili Adverbs is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Swahili language. But first we need to know what the role of Adverbs is in the structure of the grammar in Swahili.

Swahili adverbs are part of speech. Generally they're words that modify any part of language other than a noun. Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives (including numbers), clauses, sentences and other adverbs.

Grammar Tips:

While in English adverbs are usually formedby adding (-ly) to adjectives. In Swahili many adverbs are words ontheir own. There are not so many of them and they derive their meaning from 4different aspects.-how, time, place and quantity. For example:

1.    Natalia aliandika polepole(Natalia wrote slowly)– how

2.    Alonso atakuja kesho (Alonso will come tomorrow)-time

3.    Juma alienda Mombasa (Juma went to Mombasa) –place

4.    Rehema anakula mara mbili (Rehema eats twice) –quantity

The above adverbs are related to Verbs only.

Adverbs in Swahili are also used inadjectives and also other adverbs. For Example

In adjectives- Natalia ni msichana mzuri sana( Natalia is a very good girl) Sana explains further the adjectivemzuri( good)

In adverbs- Alonso atakuja kesho jioni (Allonsowill come tomorrow evening) Jioni explains further the adverb kesho (Tomorrow)


Here are some examples:

English AdverbsSwahili Adverbs
adverbsVielezi
I read a book sometimesMimi husoma kitabu mara kwa mara
I will never smokeSitawahi vuta sigara
are you alone?Uko Pweke?

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Adverbs in Swahili has a logical pattern. Locate the Adverbs above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Kiswahili.

List of Adverbs in Swahili

Below is a list of the Adverbs of time place manner and frequency in Swahili placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Swahili vocabulary.

English AdverbsSwahili Adverbs
adverbs of timeVielezi ya muda
yesterdayjana
todayleo
tomorrowkesho
nowsasa
thenKisha
laterbaadaye
tonightusiku wa leo
right nowsasa hivi
last nightjana usiku
this morningasubuhi ya leo
next weekwiki ijayo
alreadytayari
recentlyhivi majuzi
latelysiku hizi
soonhivi karibuni
immediatelyHivi sasa/sasa
stillbado
yetbado
agomda uliopita/kale
adverbs of placeVielezi ya mahali
herehapa
therekule
over therekule
everywherekila mahali
anywheremahali popote
nowheremahali pasipo
homenyumbani
awayondoka
outnje
adverbs of mannerVielezi ya mwenendo
verysana
quitekabisa
prettyvizuri
reallykweli
fastharaka
wellvizuri
hardngumu
quicklyharaka
slowlypolepole
carefullykwa makini
hardlyugumu
barelyugumu
mostlymara nyingi
almostkaribu
absolutelyKwa hakika
togetherpamoja
alonepekee
adverbs of frequencyVielezi ya mzunguko
alwayskawaida
frequentlymara kwa mara
usuallykawaida
sometimesmara kwa mara
occasionallymara kwa mara
seldomsio kawaida
rarelymara chache
neverkamwe

Adverbs of time place manner and frequency have a very important role in Swahili, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Kiswahili Adverbs, you might want to check the rest of our Swahili lessons here: Learn Swahili. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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