Swahili Questions

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Swahili Questions

Learning the Swahili Questions displayed below is vital to the language. Swahili questions may be either a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or else the request itself made by such an expression. Usually it starts with why, how, where, when ...etc.

Grammar Tips:

In Swahili, intonation is used to differentiate a question from a statement. ¬†There are mainly 2 ways of asking a question to get a yes or no answer, and they are the following:

-Pronoun+ verb: Like English, the auxiliaries do and does are used. Swahili uses auxiliary -na together with the personal pronouns. For example Nina wakati?( do I have time?), Una wakati?(do you have time) Ana wakati? (does she have time?)

So you realize ni- 1st person, u- 2nd person and a- 3rd person. So, the English does is used only in the 3rd person but can only be evident from the translation

*the issue f pronouns can be seen later.

-Pronoun + verb: Only the intonation makes the sentence interrogative. In this, there is also the aspect of tenses. For example: unaenda nyumbani(you are going home) ulienda nyumbani(you went home) utaenda nyumbani( you will go home)- these are just statements. When you use the intonation, they become questions. For example unaenda nyumbani?( are you going home?) ulienda nyumbani? ( did you go home), utaenda nyumbani? (will you go home?-Verb +...+ pronoun. The pronoun goes last

*  You realise that in the above example i used the 2nd pesron pronoun. You can do the same with the pronouns of the first person and the second person


Here are some examples:

English QuestionsSwahili Questions
QuestionsMaswali
how?vipi?
what?nini?
who?nani?
why?nini?
where?wapi?

Notice the structure of the Questions in Swahili.

List of Questions in Swahili

Below is a list of the Questions and interrogative expressions in Swahili placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Swahili vocabulary.

English QuestionsSwahili Questions
where is he?yuko wapi?
what is this?ni kitu gani?
why are you sad?mbona una huzuni?
how do you want to pay?wataka kulipa vipi?
can I come?naweza kuja?
is he sleeping?amelala?
do you know me?wanijua?
do you have my book?je, una kitabu changu?
how big is it?waweza kueleza ukubwa wake?
can I help you?ninaweza kukusaidia?
can you help me?Unaweza kunisaidia?
do you speak English?Waongea kiingereza
how far is this?waweza kueleza umbali wake?
what time is it?ni saa ngapi?
how much is this?ni kiasi gani?
what is your name?Jina lako?
where do you live?Unaishi wapi?

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