How to use the indefinite article in Swahili

How to use the indefinite article in Swahili

You want to learn how to use the indefinite article in Swahili? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Swahili lessons complete with useful examples. An apple, a house, a book... we explain it all to you in short, easy to follow lessons.

The Swahili indefinite article

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

Examples

mwezi
a horse
mvulana
a boy
mtoto
a child
mlango
a door
siku
a day
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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. We'll begin by learning some basic Swahili phrases which you can use for everyday communication.

Yeye ni mvulana.
He is a boy.
Yeye ni mwanamume.
He is a man.
Yeye ni mwalimu.
He is a teacher.
Yeye ni daktari.
He is a doctor.
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Swahili

The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns in English (a book, a chair, a door etc.). To get started in Swahili, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns kitabu, kiti and mlango (book, chair, door). Once you have learned these nouns, you can then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. This is easy in Swahili, because in Swahili, there is no indefinite article. So the word kitabu can mean book or a book, the word kiti can mean chair or a chair and the word mlango can mean door or a door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Swahili including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Swahili nouns kitabu, kiti and mlango, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Swahili).

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