By Peter M. Wilson
This path has been writing when you desire to teachthemselves Swahili, yet have very little backgroundknowledge of the language. The easy-to-follow steps are subsidized up by means of average exerciseswhich perform and enhance the student's command ofSwahili. The booklet covers the entire very important grammar pointsand moreover comprises either English-Swahili and Swahili-English vocabulary lists, a precis of verb tenses, asimplified thesaurus of grammatical phrases and different usefulappendices.
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Kipo pale mezani Viazi viko wapi? Vimo kikapuni Chakula kipo mezani? Ndiyo, Bwana, kipo. Where is the knife? It is there on the table. Where are the potatoes? They are in the basket. Is the food on the table? Indeed, Bwana, it is. Demonstratives From the subject prefixes, we can also make up the demonstratives: THIS THESE Beginning with ‘h’, ending with ‘ki’, then ‘i* in between— ‘hiki’ Beginning with ‘h’, ending with ‘vi’, then ‘i* in between— ‘hivi’ 37 TH AT THOSE Thus: Beginning with ‘ki’, ending with Me’ — ‘kile’ Beginning with ‘vi’, ending with ‘le’— ‘vile’ Kitabu hiki Chakula kile Visu hivi Vyumba vile Kidonda kibaya kile Vyombo vipya hivi This book That food These knives Those rooms That bad sore This new furniture (These new furnishings) Languages Most languages are also placed in this class, and are given, therefore, normal KI- VI- agreements, but are not used in the plural.
Wanasoma mjini; Mwimba mbaya ule uko wapi. Upo hapa mkononi; M toto mgonjwa yuko wapi? Yumo nyumbani; Mzigo mzito ule uko wapi? Upo pale; Mtumishi yupo? Hayupo; Mgeni yuko? Analala; Mji uko wapi? Upo pale. Responses No. g. ’ used instead. This is more or less accepted now, but literally means ‘There is not here’, therefore it is better (and easier) to use the proper words. Yes. There is no word in Swahili for ‘Yes’. Instead, one has to use an emphatic which really means ‘Indeed’, or ‘That is so’.
The remainder have all disap peared from common use. ) are good, he/she is good, or it is good’. T o clarify the subject, if a person the personal pronouns are used: Mimi ni mzuri Wewe ni mzuri Yeye ni mzuri can now only mean can now only mean can now only mean I am good. You are good He/she is good. Similarly: Sisi ni wazuri Ninyi ni wazuri Wao ni wazuri can now only mean can now only mean can now only mean We are good. ) are good. They are good. Alternatively, for the second person singular, one can simply say— ‘U mzuri’, — ‘you are good’, but you would not normally say ‘Wewe u mzuri’.