"Vitabu ni ghali"

Translation:Books are expensive

February 27, 2017



Sometimes "the" is refused, sometimes it's needed, sometimes you can do either. This is very frustrating.

March 8, 2017


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February 27, 2017


This word comes from the arabic غالي /ghali/ which means expensive. There are two common ways to pronounce it in Swahilli. Swahilli communities more influenced by arab traders and presence (like those in the major port cities) adopted with time the arab sound غ /gh/ coming deep from the mouth and pronounce the word this way, while others did not and they pronounce it more like /gali/.

March 7, 2017


"Ghali sana" is very useful when you are trying to bargain at shops ;)

March 17, 2017


Why not vitabu vyi ghali?

March 26, 2017


In Swahili there is one and only one way of conjugating the verb "to be" and that is ni.

  • Mimi ni
  • Wewe ni
  • Yeye ni
  • sing. object ni
  • Sisi ni
  • Ninyi ni
  • Wao ni
  • plur. object ni

With regular Swahili verbs the noun class prefix attaches on to the beginning, but with the verb "to be" it doesn't. One of the few irregulars in the Swahili language.

March 26, 2017


Is there any reason, within the range of swahili, that you call 'ni' a verb? Isn't it a particle that acts as a copula?

December 27, 2017
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