March 20, 2021

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Swahili Alphabet 3-facts

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Swahili Alphabet Illustrated

A Swahili alphabet song would come in handy to get you started learning the Kiswahili sounds, but if you don’t know any, no problem! At learnkiswahili202 we will help you learn in a simple way.

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The Kiswahili way of writing is not hard for an English speaker because it follows the same alphabet with only a few differences.  The Swahili alphabet is also simple because it is phonetic; you read what you see; what you write is what you read. Some sounds are not exactly identical to English ones, so we are going look at how to pronounce each of these Swahili sounds and letters

Swahili Vowels sounds

Swahili
alphabet

Pronunciation in English

Swahili pronunciation examples

A

Father, car

Kama, baba

E

Bet, bed

Yeye, pete

I

See,

Kiti, viti

O

Go

Moto, joto

U

mood

Huru, nusu

Listen to the Swahili language teacher pronunciation.

Swahili Consonants

Letters Q and X do not exist in the Swahili alphabet, and letter C comes as a combination of CH.

Swahili
alphabet

Pronunciation in English

Swahili pronunciation examples

B

Bake

Baba

D

Day

Dada

F

Far

Fanya

G

Go

Goti

H

Hat

Hata

J

Jar

Jana

K

Keep

Keti

L

Lion

Lala

M

Moon

Mama

N

Not

Nono

P

Pull

Papa

R

Rake

Rangi

S

Sack

Sasa

T

Top

Tatu

V

Very

Vazi

W

Wake

Wewe

Y

Yes

Wewe

Z

Zoo

Zuri

Swahili alphabet consonant letters combinations

Swahili
alphabet

Pronunciation in English

Swahili pronunciation examples

Ch

Choice

Chote

Dh

Either

Fedha

Gh

German ch in Bach

Khadija

Kh

Go

Moto, joto

Sh

Ship

Shika

Th (soft sound)

mood

Huru, nusu

Ny

Canyon

Nyanya

Ng

Finger

Nguo

Ng'

Sing

Ng’ombe

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