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"If you don't learn you only have yourself to blame"
Greetings form a very important part of the Swahili custom. The brief introduction of the Swahili greetings will be given after the vocabulary just below this part. The most important thing to remember now is that words are pronounced exactly as they are written, so simple, so have a go, and good luck to all our visitors:
Mama / Mother | Baba / Father | Nyanya / Grandmother | Babu / Grandfather
Ndugu / Brother | Dada / Sister / Mjomba / Uncle / Shangazi / Aunt / Mashangazi / aunties
Mtoto / Young Man / Watoto / Young Men | Jirani / A neighbour | Majirani / Neighbours
Please try to learn all the vocabulary by heart, and practice what you learn.
Hujambo mzee? - (in greeting one person) How are you an old man?
A reply : Sijambo - I am fine.
Hamjambo wazee? - (in greeting more than one person.
A reply : Hatujambo.
Habari? - Meaning news, what sort of news?
A reply:Nzuri or Njema meaning good or fine
It's so easy! Agreed, Why not practicing?
Swahili language online here is for the beginners. This language is the most logical and very simple to understand, if one follows correctly its basic grammatical rules. And as said above, words are pronounced exactly as they are written. So make sure you follow the rules as explained here right from the very start and, you will have no problems.
In doing so, then it is very easy to become proficient in a very short possible time. Having said that my other request to you is to give yourself a good time for learning, and be patient, and everything will follow accordingly.
My own personal experience in teaching has been very successful. It's like having fun, I enjoyed it and my students enjoyed as well. therefore, enjoy yourself learning Swahili online. And remember to go step by step, as the famous Swahili proverb says:
" Haraka haraka haina baraka "
" Haste, haste, brings no blessings "
The Personal Pronouns Mimi - I Wewe - You ( Singular ) Yeye - He / She Sisi - We Ninyi - You ( Plural ) Wao - They
NOTE!( Yeye / He ) refers to both genders as shown above. It cannot refers to'it'.
And ( Wao / They ) is not to be used for 'things'
Subject Prefix Ni 1st person U 2nd parson A 3rd person Tu We ( plural ) M You ( plural ) Wao They ( plural )
"Kuja": is as verb see above, and -LI- is a tense that comes before the Verb.
And Wao / They: This is not to be used for 'things'
Tenses -LI- Nilikuja - I came Ulikuja - You Came Alikuja - He Came Tulikuja - We Came Mulikuja - You Came ( Plural ) Walikuja - They Came
Tenses -NA- Ninakuja-I am Coming Unakuja-You are Coming Aanakuja-He is Coming Tunakuja-We are Coming Mnakuja- You are Coming Wanakuja-They are Coming
SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE
SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE -A- Naja-I Come Waja-You Come Aja-He Come Twaja-We Come Mwaja- You Come Waja-They Come
PERFECT TENSE -ME- Nimekuja - I have come Umekuja - You have come Amekuja - He has come Tumekuja - We have come Mmekuja - You have come ( plural ) Wamekuja - They have come
FUTURE TENSE -TA- NItakuja - I shall come Utakuja - You shall come Atakuja - He will come Tutakuja - We shall come Mtakuja- You will come Watakuja-They will come
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