The first person possessive for a singular object ends with angu, and can vary based on the noun.
Try entering your name to see how you would introduce yourself in Swahili.
My name is .
Jina langu ni .
Notice how the singular possessive marker is slightly different when talking about possessing a living thing. When you get to noun classes, you will learn about all the noun classes and their prefixes, as well as exceptions to these rules. The best way to learn the right prefixes is to practice speaking and reading Swahili.
Similar to angu, the 2nd person possessive word ends with ako.
Enter a name into the blank to see how you might ask someone to remind you of their name.
Is your name ?
Jina lako ni ?
The word nani is used whenever you are asking a "what" question. Notice the word order is the reverse of English.
What is it?
How do you think you might ask someone what their name is? Remember the word order is reversed, so you would literally be asking "your name is what?"
What is your name?
Swahili does not have different pronouns for gender.
How would you find out the name of someone you are not directly addressing?
What is his name?
How might someone respond to you that his name is Azizi?
His name is Azizi.
Here is the Swahili word for friend. Disney fans will likely recognize this as the name of the prophetic monkey from Lion King.
When Swahili speakers use ownership with certain family words like mother (mama), father (baba), and friend (rafiki), we use the word yangu.
How would you compliment someone else's friend?
Your friend is nice.
How would you say this? Remember the word si (is not) is the negative of ni (is).