# SWAHILI: UNIT 7 – COUNTING AND

SWAHILI TIME
UNIT OBJECTIVES
By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

Count to a billion in Swahili

Describe numbers of objects for nouns of all classes

Tell Swahili Time

Master the following vocabulary: Swahili Unit 7 Vocabulary

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KUHESABU: TO COUNT
Basic Numbers

1: Moja

40: Arobaini

2: Mbili

50: Hamsini

3: Tatu

60: Sitini

4: Nne

70: Sabini

000: Milioni 20: Ishirini 1.5: Tano 80: Themanini 6: Sita 90: Tisini 7: Saba 100: Mia (mia moja) 8: Nane 1000: Elfu (elfu moja) 9: Tisa 100.000: Bilioni 30: Thelathini Composite Numbers .000.000: Laki 10: Kumi 1.000.000.

When forming composite numbers. tens. is said as. etc. “forty and nine. . pronounce every place (e.” Here are some examples — 21: ishirini na moja // 32: thelathini na mbili // 43:arobaini na tatu // 54: hamsini na nne // 65: sitini na tano // 76: sabini na sita // 87: themanini na saba // 98: tisini na nane.” etc. hundreds. For example. The number 49.) distinctly. with a “na” (and) before the ones place (or the last place ‘in use’).g. ones. then. 200: mia mbili // 300: mia tatu // 400: mia nne // 800: mia nane.. Multiple hundreds are pronounced “hundred two” or “hundred three.

The same rule applies for multiple thousands.728: laki moja elfu ishirini na tano mia saba ishirini na nane // 500. For example. mia tisa themanini na moja // 125. millions.000: laki nne // 7.000:milioni saba.981: elfu hamsini na tatu. 5000:elfu tano // 12.000.364: elfu moja mia tatu sitini na nne // 8. For example. etc.723: elfu nane mia saba ishirini na tatu // 19.200: laki tano (na*) mia mbili. More complex numbers combine all these rules.284: elfu kumi na tisa mia mbili themanini na nne // 53. hundred thousands.000: elfu sitini // 400. . 249: mia mbili arobaini na tisa // 928:mia tisa ishirini na nane // 1.000: elfu kumi na mbili // 60.