Swahili Numbers

In our the second Swahili lesson, we are going to learn about the Swahili Numbers from zero to one billion.. Swahili numbers are easy to learn but can become changeling especially when you speak English. So to underestimate them . Let's Start.

Zero to Ten

EnglishSwahili
ZeroSifuri
Quarter Robo
HalfNusu
OneMoja
TwoMbili
ThreeTatu
FourNne
FiveTano
SixSita
SevenSaba
EightNane
NineTisa
TenKumi

Ten to One Billion

EnglishKiswahili
TenKumi
TwentyIshirini
ThirtyThelathini
Forty Arobaini
FiftyHamsini
SixtySitini
SeventySabini
Eighty Themanini
NinetyTisini
Hundred Mia
ThousandElfu
MillionMilioni
BillionBilioni

Complex Numbers

Now to you the Swahili numbers from one to a billion, lets look at how we can join you form complex numbers.

Unlike English two digits numbers have their own name, In Swahili you have add an 'and' between the two numbers. In English, to form complex numbers you basically put the two or more together without any word in between.  However in Swahili, we use Na between two numbers to form to a complex. Na is and in English. So when you want say Fifty two you take Hamsini and Mbili with the addition of Na to get Hamsini Na Mbili. Now for some examples for you get the clear picture.

English Swahili
Eleven Kumi na Moja
Ishirini Twenty
Thirty Five Thelathini na Tano
Sixty two Sitini na Mbili
Eighty Seven Themanini na Saba

To form numbers from ninety nine ( Tisini na tisa ), it becomes similar to English. Expect, you put the place value eg: thousand, before the number. For example: one million seven thousand and twenty seven would be millioni moja efu saba ishrini na saba. Here are some examples:

English Kiswahili
Twelve thousand and seven Elfu Kumi na Mbili na saba
Seventy Seven Thousand, two hundred and fifty one Elfu sabini na saba mia mbili hamisni na moja
Three million six thousand and four Millioni tatu elfu sita and nne
Two billion seven million nine thousand three hundred and twenty seven Billioni mbili millioni saba eflu tisa mia tatu ishrini na saba

 

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