How to conjugate a verb in Swahili

How to conjugate a verb in Swahili

You want to learn how to conjugate Swahili verbs? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Swahili lessons complete with useful examples. I speak, you speak, we all speak... we make learning Swahili verbs fun.

Swahili verb conjugation: I

Verbs are used to describe actions. A unique feature of Swahili is that it conjugates its verbs by adding a prefix to the front of the verb. A different prefix is used for each person. For the first person singular, most verbs in Swahili use the prefix 'ni-'.


I say
I do
I run
mimi ni
I am
I fall
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About Swahili

About Swahili

Swahili is spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, Congo and Uganda. 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. The phrases below will help you to greet people in Swahili, introduce yourself in Swahili and even hold a conversation in Swahili after you have met someone.

Kuna paka nyingi.
There are many cats.
Kuna watu wengi.
There are many people.
Kuna watoto wengi.
There are many children.
Kuna ndege wengi.
There are many birds.
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Kila la kheri!
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You can learn Swahili in just 9 easy steps.

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

Step 8 : Swahili verbs

Verbs are used to describe actions. There are 1000's of verbs that you can learn in Swahili. A good approach would be to start out by learning just three Swahili verbs by heart. We suggest you learn the Swahili verbs kuona, kutaka and kupenda (see, want, like). Using the nouns kitabu, kiti and mlango (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn to use each verb with each noun (I want the book, you see the chair, they like the door etc.). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about Swahili verbs including useful examples. After you've learned using the three verbs kuona, kutaka and kupenda by heart you can move on to Step 9 (Swahili possessive pronouns).

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