I have read that nearly all words in Swahili are stressed in the penultimate syllable. So far so good, as I have only found one exception (which is LAZIMA, stress in the first "A"), but it seems (from the voice recorded for this sentence) that ZANZIBAR is pronounced like in English: zAnzibar.
Is this correct? And: would you be able to provide any additional example of words whose stress is not in the penultimate syllabe?
Thanks in advance! Have a nice day! :)
Yeah, zanzibar is not a native Swahili word. That “r” on the end is a giveaway that it hasn’t been adapted to Swahili phonology.
Some other words that, as far as I’ve heard, are stressed on another syllable:
kadhálika “like that”
wákati “time” (sometimes pronounced like “wakti” ... I believe the Arabic word it comes from is basically “wakt”)