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NUMBERS/NUMERALS IN SWAHILI

Life is a matter of numbers, and they say numbers and figures do not lie. ShabiqKenya gives you an opportunity to learn the simple mathematics of numbers as it will be very necessary for you, around Kenya and the East African region. You may need to add up distances, make budgetary allocations obviously ask for a commodity price at the shops in Kenya.

From the basic knowledge of numbers in English, this page will help you learn how the numbers are read in Kiswahili.

Numbers

  • 0 -Sufuri
  • 1 -Moja
  • 2 -Mbili
  • 3 -Tatu
  • 4 -Nne
  • 5 -Tano
  • 6 -Sita
  • 7 -Saba
  • 8 -Nane
  • 9 -Tisa
  • 10 -Kumi
  • 11 -Kumi na moja
  • 12 -Kumi na Mbili
  • 13 -Kumi na Tatu
  • 14 -Kumi na nne
  • 15 -Kumi na Tano
  • 16 -Kumi na Sita
  • 17 -Kumi na Saba
  • 18 -Kumi na Nane
  • 19 -Kumi na Tisa
  • 20 -Ishirini

Numbers

  • 185 -Mia Moja Themanini na Tano
  • 200 -Mia Mbili
  • 296 -Mia Mbili Tisini na Sita
  • 300 -Mia Tatu
  • 400 -Mia Nne
  • 500 -Mia Tano
  • 600 -Mia Sita
  • 700 -Mia Saba
  • 800 -Mia Nane
  • 900 -Mia Tisa
  • 999 -Mia Tisa na Tisini na Tisa
  • 1000 -Elfu Moja
  • 1015 -Elfu moja na kumi na Tano
  • 10,000 -Elfu Kumi
  • 77,878 -Elfu Sabini na Saba, Mia Nane na Sabini na Nane
  • 200,000 -Elfu Mia Mbili (This can also be read laki mbili)
  • 450,870 -Elfu Mia Nne na hamsini, Mia Nane na Sabini (Can also be read as laki nne, elfu hamsini, mia nane na sabini)
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    Numbers

  • 21 -Ishirini na Moja
  • 22 -Ishirini na Mbili
  • 23 - Ishirini na Tatu
  • 27 -Ishirini na Saba
  • 30 -Thelathini
  • 33 -Thelathini na Tatu
  • 36 -Thelathini na Sita
  • 40 -Arobaini
  • 42 -Arobaini na Mbili
  • 46 -Arobaini na Sita
  • 48 -Arobaini na Nane
  • 50 -Hamsini
  • 55 -Hamsini na Tano
  • 60 -Sitini
  • 65 -Sitini na Tano
  • 70 -Sabini
  • 75 -Sabini na Tano
  • 80 -Themanini
  • 90 -Tisini
  • 100 -Mia Moja
  • 105 -Mia Moja na Tano
  • 120 -Mia Moja na Ishirini
  • 136 -Mia Moja Thelathini na Sita
  • 149 -Mia Moja Arobaini na Tisa
  • 166 -Mia Moja na Sitini na Sita
  • 177 -Mia Moja na Sabini na Saba
  • 180 -Mia Moja na Themanini
  • Once digits reach the hundred thousands to the one million figures; the figures are read as laki moja, laki mbili, laki tatu, laki nne onwards.

  • 1,000,000 -Milioni Moja
  • 2,340,544 -Milioni Mbili, Elfu Mia Tatu na Arobaini, Mia Tano Arobaini na Nne (Or milioni mbili, laki tatu na elfu aribaini, mia tano arobaini na nne).
  • 1,000,000,000 -Bilioni Moja
  • You might have by now realized that numbers are very easy in Kiswahili. You only have to take the tens, or hundreds, thousands, millions or rather the the billions figures are add in the singe ones figure. However, as it is in English, a number preceeded by a zero is the number itself. All other numeral rules as followed in English apply. For instance:

  • 05 -Tano
  • 0098 -Tisini na Tisa
  • Kiswahili also uses decimal places, especially where either additions, multiplications, subtractions or divisions have to be done.

    Nukta is the Swahili word used to mean a decimal point. All other numeral rules as followed in English apply. For instance:

  • 0.33 -Sufuri Nukta tatu tatu
  • 67.908 -Sitini na Saba Nukta Tisa Sufuri Nane
  • 560.007 -Mia Tano na Sitini Nukta Sufuri Sufuri Saba.