Prepositions play a major role in sentence formation, and it is important to pay attention to them when learning a new language, alongside verbs, adjectives, and nouns. It shows a correlation between two objects and sometimes gives meaning to sentences. In the Swahili language, prepositions or Kihusishi in Swahili is important. That is why we are going through the important Swahili prepositions you must know to be able to formulate correct sentences and become a fluent speaker. With many examples listed here, we can ensure that you'll understand this topic instantly. Without further ado, let's get started.
If you are a Swahili language learner and you do not want to go over the grammar point right away, you can also check out how to introduce yourself in case a local asks you, basic greetings, and other necessary Swahili vocabulary.
The Swahili grammar is a Bantu language spoken mainly in Eastern Africa. With approximately 200 million speakers, the Swahili language is spoken alongside French and English in Tanzania, Kenya, Congo republic, and other eastern African countries. The Swahili grammar follows the subject-verb-object order and has a rich array of agglutination words, noun classes, and tenses.
Ideally, prepositions are placed before the noun or the pronouns, whether demonstrative or any pronoun. However, when it comes to some prepositions of location, it is added as a suffix when there is a proper noun in the sentence.
We've established that prepositions are an essential part of a sentence, but what exactly are they? A preposition is a word or group used before a noun or pronoun to show direction, place, location, or spatial relationship. In layman's language, a preposition is simply a word that links words together or shows a relationship between both terms.
For example: The cat is under the table
The English preposition 'under' shows the relationship between the cat and the table. Another quick example is My phone is in the car. You will realize that the phone and the car are linked together by the preposition 'in.'
Now that we know what a preposition is and its importance let's look at the common prepositions you need to know in Swahili.
Let's look at the common Swahili prepositions essential for the smooth flow of your learning process.
|far from||mbali ya|
|instead of||badala ya|
|in front of||mbele ya|
|on/on top of/ upon||juu ya|
Like I said earlier, we will look at the common examples using these listed prepositions.
|The eggs are in the baskets||Mayai yamo ndani ya|
|I am outside your house||Niko nje ya nyumba yako|
|You are far from home||Uko mbali na nyumbani|
|The cat is under the table||Paka iko chini ya meza|
|He is between the table and the chair||Yuko kati ya meza na kiti|
|I am in front of the church||Niko mbele ya kanisa|
|Have you checked beside the box?||Umeangalia kando ya kisanduku?|
|He left during the meeting||Aliondoka wakati wa mkutano|
|With or without you, I am going||Na au bila wewe, ninaenda|
|I am near the bus||Niko karibu na basi|
Let's take a look at other basic Swahili vocabularies to know, especially if you are traveling to any of the Swahili-speaking countries soon.
|How are you||U hali gani?|
|Good morning||Habari za asubuhi|
|Good afternoon||Habari za mchana|
|Good evening||Habari za jioni|
|Good night||Usiku mwema|
|What is your name?||Jina lako ni nani|
|My name is...||Jina langu ni|
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