Swahili Numbers

If you're trying to learn Swahili Numbers which is also called Kiswahili, check our courses about Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers... 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 Numbers

Learning the Swahili Numbers displayed below is vital to the language. Swahili cardinal number convey the "how many" they're also known as "counting numbers," because they show quantity.

Grammar Tips:

In Swahili numbers from 1 to 10 areunique and therefore need to be memorized individually.

Numbers from 11 and upwards are formed byusing the following pattern: for example 11 can be formed by using 10 + 1 whileconnecting them. 12 = kumi na mbili. 19 can be formed byusing 10 + na+ 9 while connecting them: 19= kuni na e tisa.


Here are some examples:

English NumbersSwahili Numbers
numbersidadi
onemmoja
twoMbili
threetatu
fournne
fivetano
sixsita
sevensaba
eightnane
ninetisa
tenkumi
elevenkumi na moja
twelvekuma na mbili
thirteenkumi na tatu
fourteenkumi na nne
fifteenkumi na tano
sixteenkumi na sita
seventeenkumi na saba
eighteenkumi na nane
nineteenkumi na tisa
twentyishirini
hundredmia
one thousandelfu
millionmilioni

Notice the structure of the Numbers in Swahili.

List of Ordinal Numbers in Swahili

Swahili Ordinal numbers tell the order of things in a set: first, second, third, etc. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show rank or position. Below is a list of the Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers in Swahili. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Swahili vocabulary.

English NumbersSwahili Numbers
Ordinal Numbers
firstkwanza
secondpili
thirdtatu
fourthnne
fifthtano
sixthsita
seventhsaba
eighthnane
ninthtisa
tenthkumi
eleventhkumi na moja
twelfthkumi na mbili
thirteenthkumi na tatu
fourteenthkumi na nne
fifteenthkumi na tano
sixteenthkumi na sita
seventeenthkumi na saba
eighteenthkumi na nane
nineteenthkumi na tisa
twentiethishirini
oncemara moja
twicemara mbili

Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers have a very important role in Swahili. Once you're done with the Kiswahili Numbers, 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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