Swahili Prepositions

Swahili Prepositions

If you're trying to learn Swahili Prepositions which is also called Kiswahili, check our courses about time and place prepositions and and demonstrative pronouns... 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 Prepositions

Learning the Swahili Prepositions 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 Prepositions is in the structure of the grammar in Swahili.

Swahili prepositions link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition. Here are some examples:

English PrepositionsSwahili Prepositions
PrepositionsVijina
inside the housendani ya nyumba
outside the carnje ya gari
with mena mimi
without himpasipo yeye
under the tablechini ya meza
after tomorrowbaada ya kesho
before sunsetkabla ya machweo
but I'm busylakini nina shughuli nyingi

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

List of Prepositions in Swahili

Below is a list of the Time place and demonstrative pronouns in Swahili placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Swahili vocabulary.

English PrepositionsSwahili Prepositions
aboutkuhusu
abovejuu
acrosskatikati
afterbaada ya
againstdhidi ya
amongmiongoni mwa
aroundkaribu
askama
atsaa
beforekabla
behindnyuma
belowchini
beneathchini
besidekando ya
betweenkati ya
beyondng'ambo
butlakini
byna
despitelicha ya
downchini
duringwakati
exceptila
forkwa
fromkutoka
inkatika
insidendani
intokatika
nearkaribu
nextkando
ofya
onjuu
oppositekinyume
outnje
outsidenje
overjuu
perkwa
pluskuongeza
roundpande zote
sincetangu
thankuliko
throughkupitia
tillmpaka
tokwa
towardkuelekea
underchini ya
unliketofauti
untilmpaka
upjuu
viakupitia
withna
withinndani ya
withoutbila
two wordsmaneno mawili
according tokulingana na
because ofkwa sababu ya
close tokaribu
due tokutokana na
except forisipokuwa
far frommbali na
inside ofndani ya
instead ofbadala ya
near tokaribu na
next tokaribu na
outside ofnje ya
prior tokabla ya
three wordsmaneno matatu
as far asmbali kama
as well askama vile
in addition tozaidi
in front ofmbele ya
in spite oflicha ya
on behalf ofkwa niaba ya
on top ofjuu ya
demonstrative pronounsdemonstrative Vijina
thishii
thathio
thesehii/hawa/haya/hizi
thosehao/hayo

Time place and demonstrative pronouns have a very important role in Swahili, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Kiswahili Prepositions, 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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