How to use the definite article in Swahili

How to use the definite article in Swahili

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

The Swahili definite article

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


the apple
the father
the house
the fish
the word
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About Swahili

About Swahili

About one third of the vocabulary in Swahili comes from Arabic. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Swahili would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Swahili

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

Hii ni meza.
This is a table.
Hiki ni kiti.
This is a chair.
Hii ni nyumba.
This is a house.
Hili ni dirisha.
This is a window.
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Step 4 : The definite article in Swahili

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns in English (the book, the chair, the door etc.). Using the nouns kitabu, kiti and mlango (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use each noun with the definite article. This is easy in Swahili, because in Swahili, there is no definite article. So the word kitabu can mean book or the book, the word kiti can mean chair or the chair and the word mlango can mean door or the door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Swahili including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Swahili nouns kitabu, kiti and mlango, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Swahili).

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