Dates in Swahili

In our fourth Swahili lesson, we are going to learn about the days of the week, the months of the year and also how to write dates in Swahili. Sorry, the Americans and all how use different date format. The lesson is going to be conducted in English date format (day/month/year). So, First of all, lets learn the different days in Swahili.

In Swahili, the days of the week are named by their number in order the week. When naming the days all expect the two last days, Thursday and Friday (which are borrowed from Arabic) are have the prefix Juma- . Saturday is the first day of the week so it is called Jumamosi. Notice that Since Saturday is the first day of the week, it has mosi from moja. So second day will have prefix simliar to mbili (two) and it does. It is pili. Hence since Sunday is the second day of the week it is Jumapili. If you don't remember the Swahili numbers please I recommend that it would be good for you to go back the Swahili numbers lesson. Click here to go back and remind yourself .

Days Siku
Saturday Jumamosi
Sunday Jumapili
Monday Jumatatu
Tuesday Jumanne
Wednesday Jumatano
Thursday Alhamisi
Friday Ijumaa
Today Leo
Tomorrow Kesho
Yesterday Jana
Next week Wiki ujao
Next Month Mwezi ujao
Next Year Mwaka ujao
Last week Wiki iliyopita
Last month Mwezi uliopita
Last year Mwaka jana




Now let's look at the months. The second table shows you other ways in which you could address the months of the year. The naming months in Swahili is very similar to English but with a bit of difference.

Months Mwezi
January Januari
February Februari
March Machi
April Aprili
May Mei
June Juni
July Julai
August Agosti
September Septemba
October Oktoba
November Novemba
December Disemba

Months Mwezi
First Month (of the Year) Mwezi wa kwanza (wa mwaka)
Second Month Mwezi wa plili
Third Month Mwezi wa tatu
Fourth Month Mwezi wa nne
Fifth Month Mwezi wa tano
Sixth Month Mwezi wa sita
Seventh Month Mwezi wa saba
Eighth month Mwezi wa nane
Ninth Month Mwezi wa tisa
Tenth Month Mwezi wa kumi
Eleventh Month Mwezi wa kumi na moja
Twelfth Month Mwezi wa kumi na mbili

How to Write Dates in Swahili

Lets look on how you might answer if you are asked such questions.

English Swahili
What is today's date? Leo ni Tarehe Ngapi?
What is tomorrow's today? Kesho in Tarehe Ngapi?
What's the date? Tarehe Ngapi?

In Swahili, dates are named after Ordinal Numbers. The date format that the Swahili language uses is: Day of the week / "tarehe" Date / (mwezi wa) Month / (mwaka wa) Year. The Swahili words in brackets is optional to say. It's only the word tarehe is which is a must say. Tarehe is just translated as date in English

So, for example you would like to say: Saturday 28th May 2016. Then it would be: Jumamosi tarehe ishrini na nane mwezi wa mai mwaka wa elfu mbili na kumi na sita. In this Section you need to know the Swahili numbers well to be able to understand the Dates.

Date Tarehe
Saturday 9th December 1961 ( Tanzanian Independence day ) Jumamosi Tarehe Tisa Mwezi wa Disemba Mwaka Wa Elfu moja Mia tisa na Sitini na moja
Thursday 12th December 1963 ( Kenyan Independence Day ) Alhamisi Tarehe kumi na mbili Mwezi wa Disemba mwaka wa elfu moja mia tisa na Sitini na tatu
9th January 1777 Tarehe tisa Januari mwak wa eflu moja mia saba na sabani na saba
26 April 2010 Tarehe ishrini na sita Aprili elfu na mbili na kumi
30 September 2031 Tarehe Thelathini mwezi wa Septemba Mwaka elfu na mbili na kumi