Swahili Numbers

This page is about numbers in Swahili. Including the cardinal (counting) and ordinal (order) numbers. Each of which is used in a different situation.

One: Moja
Two: Mbili
Three: Tatu
Four: Nne
Five: Tano
Six: Sita
Seven: Saba
Eight: Nane
Nine: Tisa
Ten: Kumi
Eleven: Kumi na moja
Twelve: Kumi na mbili
Thirteen: Kumi na tatu
Fourteen: Kumi na nne
Fifteen: Kumi na tano
Sixteen: Kumi na sita
Seventeen: Kumi na saba
Eighteen: Kumi na nane
Nineteen: Kumi na tisa
Twenty: Ishirini
Thirty three: Thelathini na tatu
One hundred: Mia
Three hundred and sixty: Elfu tatu na sitini
One thousand: elfu

Here are some examples in Swahili for the cardinal numbers above.

Two thousand and fourteen: elfu mbili na kumi na nne
One million: Milioni
I'm thirty years old: Nina miaka thelathini
I have 2 sisters and one brother: Nina dada wawili na kaka mmoja

Now we move on to the ordinal numbers, which helps us organize things by order or rank.

First: kwanza
Second: pili
Third: tatu
Fourth: nne
Fifth: tano
Sixth: sita
Seventh: saba
Eighth: nane
Ninth: tisa (kenda)
Tenth: kumi
Eleventh: kumi na moja
Twelfth: kumi na mbili
Thirteenth: kumi na tatu
Fourteenth: kumi na nne
Fifteenth: kumi na tano
Sixteenth: kumi na sita
Seventeenth: kumi na saba
Eighteenth: kumi na nane
Nineteenth: ya kumi na tisa
Twentieth: ya ishirini

And here are a couple sentences related to the ordinal numbers above.

English is my first language: Kiingereza ni lugha yangu ya kwanza
Her second language is Spanish: lugha yake ya pili ni Kihispania
Once: mara moja
Twice: mara mbili

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