How many noun classes?
How many noun classes are there in Swahili? I'm on the third lesson. Ki/Vi. How many more of these are there?
How you count them depends on how you break them down really. The good news is they tend to group together based on the type of noun. The basic noun classes are: m/wa - for people and animals m/mi - plants and trees (plus some others) ji/ma - most fruits and many other noun ki/vi - objects n/n - many of the foreign derived words (basikeli = bicycle) u/n - only a small group of nouns u/u - abstract nouns (uzuri = beauty, ukweli = truth) ku - gerunds (the infinitive verb is used as a noun) ku/pa/m - location/place class