# Swahili Numbers

If you're trying to learn **Swahili Numbers** which is also called Kiswahili, check our courses about **Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers**... to help you with your **Swahili grammar**. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Swahili. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

### Swahili Numbers

Learning the **Swahili Numbers** displayed below is vital to the language. Swahili cardinal number convey the "how many" they're also known as "counting numbers," because they show quantity.

**Grammar Tips:**
In **Swahili** numbers from 1 to 10 areunique and therefore need to be memorized individually.

Numbers from 11 and upwards are formed byusing the following pattern: for example 11 can be formed by using 10 + 1 whileconnecting them. 12 = kumi na mbili. 19 can be formed byusing 10 + na+ 9 while connecting them: 19= kuni na **e** tisa.

Here are some examples:

English Numbers | Swahili Numbers |

**numbers** | idadi |

**one** | mmoja |

**two** | Mbili |

**three** | tatu |

**four** | nne |

**five** | tano |

**six** | sita |

**seven** | saba |

**eight** | nane |

**nine** | tisa |

**ten** | kumi |

**eleven** | kumi na moja |

**twelve** | kuma 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 |

**hundred** | mia |

**one thousand** | elfu |

**million** | milioni |

Notice the structure of the Numbers in Swahili.

### List of Ordinal Numbers in Swahili

Swahili Ordinal numbers tell the order of things in a set: first, second, third, etc. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show rank or position. Below is a list of the Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers in Swahili. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Swahili vocabulary.

English Numbers | Swahili Numbers |

**Ordinal Numbers** | |

**first** | kwanza |

**second** | pili |

**third** | tatu |

**fourth** | nne |

**fifth** | tano |

**sixth** | sita |

**seventh** | saba |

**eighth** | nane |

**ninth** | tisa |

**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** | kumi na tisa |

**twentieth** | ishirini |

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**once** | mara moja |

**twice** | mara mbili |

Cardinal Numbers and Ordinal Numbers have a very important role in Swahili. Once you're done with the Kiswahili Numbers, you might want to check the rest of our Swahili lessons here: Learn Swahili. Don't forget to **bookmark** this page.

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