How to use the definite article in Hausa

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Hausa? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Hausa lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Hausa definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Hausa definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The English definite article 'the' does not exist in Hausa. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered definite without the need for a specific word to show this.


the brother
the apple
the horse
the flower
the sister
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About Hausa

About Hausa

Like many other African languages, Hausa is a tonal language. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Hausa would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Hausa

Learn to get by in Hausa with these useful words and phrases. These essential phrases cover everything from Hausa greetings to business and workplace communications to love and dating.

Yayi kyau.
It is nice out.
Ya yanayin yake?
What is the weather like ?
Ana rana.
It is sunny.
Ana zafi.
It is hot.
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Ina kwana?!
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You can learn Hausa in just 9 easy steps.

If you want to go from beginner to fluent in Hausa in a reasonable amount of time, you'll need a proven study method and daily dedication. Our nine-step Hausa learning guide will show you how to teach yourself Hausa in a structured,effective way. The steps below will take you through the progression of skills needed to learn to speak, read and understand Hausa.

Step 4 : The definite article in Hausa

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns. Using the nouns littafi, kujera and kofa (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use the definite article with each of the nouns. The nouns together with the definite article are littafin, kujerar and kofar (the book, the chair, the door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Hausa including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Hausa nouns littafi, kujera and kofa, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Hausa).

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