Kijue Kiswahili Sehemu ya Tano-2

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Telling dates in Swahili

In kiswahili telling dates follows the ordinary numbers system as one tells  the date first ,then a month and last a year. A word for date in Kiswahili is “tarehe”, both in singular and plural.

A word for month in Kiswahili is “mwezi”in singular but in  plural you have “,miezi”an a word for a year is”mwaka”in singular and in plural you have “miaka”.

So month and year belong in a same class(m/mi) which is plaint noun class characterised by taking “m”in plural; while date belongs to a different noun class (N/N) meaning that these are words do not take plural forms.

The following are phrases used in telling dates in Kiswahili.



Leo ni siku gani?

What is today?

Leo ni Jumanne .

Leo ni juma ngapi?

What is today?

Leo ni jumanne

Leo ni tarehe ngapi?

What is today’s date

Leo ni tarehe moja , mwezi Januari ,mwaka 2006

Huu ni mwezi gani?

What month is this?

Here are some examples on telling dates in kiswahili

1/1/1879_Tarehe moja, mwezi wa kwanza ,mwaka elfu Moja mia nane  sabini na tisa or ni tarehe moja, mwezi Januari mwaka elfu Moja mia nane  sabini na tisa.


Tarehe mbili mwezi wa saba mwaka elfu mbili na tano or tarehe mbili mwezi

Julai mwaka elfu mbili na tano.


Tarehe kumi na nne,mwezi wa kumi,mwaka elfu moja mia tisa tisini na tisa

Or tarehe 14,mwezi Oktoba, mwaka elfu moja mia tisa tisini na tisa.

Habari Zifananazo

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