The Numbers lessons
In my opinion the numbers section seemed particularly light, with only three very short lessons. In addition there was no introductory description listing the numbering system. Also, I never heard of the word "laki" before. What's the origin of that?
Yes, I looked it up in my old Oxford Swahili dictionary, and it says the origin is Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu).
I don't know about Laki either. I checked on Google Translate and Laki isn't there! Personally, I'm glad the numbers section was short because the order you say numbers in is confusing. I just wish there were more combinations of numbers because I see "themanini moja" and "thelathini sita" over and over again.
My wife is using laki mostly when she is talking about prices, so when something costs a multiple of 100.000 shilling (which is currently around €42 or $45USD).
It looks like it's time for Tanzania to adjust their currency! Even in Kenya, 1 US dollar is now about 100 shillings, but 2200 is kind of crazy!
I would love some notes about numbers. Why are there different forms of "two" for example?! (Mbili, wawili, viwili, pili.) Are they adjusted according to noun classes? I need to know more!!
Yes, they change according to noun classes. The stem form of mbili is "-wili". The forms used in counting are the forms of the N class that have the "N rule" applied (causing w to become mb).