How to form the plural in Swahili

How to form the plural in Swahili

You want to learn how to use the plural in Swahili? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Swahili lessons complete with useful examples. Apples, houses, books... we'll teach you everything you need to know about the plural in Swahili.

Swahili nouns - plural

The plural is used, in general, to talk about more than one object. Examples in English would be 'dogs', 'cats', 'houses' and 'children'. The plural in Swahili is generally formed by a change to the beginning of the word. Some words in Swahili are the same in the singular and the plural.

Examples

vitabu
books
marafiki
friends
wavulana
boys
nyumba
houses
viti
chairs
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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. We'll begin by learning some basic Swahili phrases which you can use for everyday communication.

Mvulana ni mdogo.
The boy is small.
Mvulana ni mkubwa.
The boy is big.
Mvulana ni mvivu.
The boy is lazy.
Mvulana ni imara.
The boy is strong.
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Habari za jioni!
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Step 5 : The plural in Swahili

The plural is important in Swahili when you need to talk about more than one thing. Using the nouns kitabu, kiti and mlango (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn the plural of each of these words by heart. The plural forms are vitabu, viti and milango. Now learn how to use each of these Swahili plural nouns with the definite article. The nouns together with the definite article are vitabu, viti and milango (the books, the chairs, the doors). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the Swahili plural including useful examples. After you've learned the plural of kitabu, kiti and mlango, you can move on to Step 6 (Swahili demonstrative pronouns).

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