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Swahili Grammar for Introductory and Intermediate Levels


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Foreword Acknowledgments and Dedication 1. About the Swahili Language 2. The Alphabet, Pronunciation, and Common Mistakes 3. Personal Subject Prefixes, Personal Pronouns and Their Negations 4. Swahili Greetings 5. Present and Future Tenses and Their Negations 6. Simple Past and Past Perfect Tenses and Their Negations 7. The Swahili Noun Class System: M-/WA- and M-/MI- 8. Swahili Noun Classes: JI-/MA- Class and KI-/VI- Class 9. Swahili Noun Classes: N- and U- 81 10. Swahili Noun Classes: PA- and KU- and Noun Class Agreement 11. Object Infixes 12. Possessives 13. Adjectives 14. Demonstratives 15. Comparatives and Superlatives 16. Question Words, Phrases and Statements 17. The Verbs 'To Be,' 'To Have' and 'To Be in a Place' 18. Numbers 19. More About Swahili Numbers 20. Telling the Time in Swahili 21. Days, Months, and Dates in Swahili 22. Adverbs 23. Passive Form of the Verb 24. Stative Form of the Verb 25. Causative Form of the Verb 26. Prepositional Form of the Verb 27. Reciprocal Form of the Verb 28. Relatives-The amba- Relative, Relative Infixes and General Relative 29. Relatives-Manner, Time and Place 30. Imperatives Verbs and Their Negations 31. -KA- Tense and Negation 32. Conditional Tenses: -nge-, -ngali- and -ki- Tenses and Their Negations 33. Additional Tenses and Their Negations 34. Prepositions and Conjunctions 35. Common Swahili Questions and Answers 36. Interjections, Idiomatic Expressions and Impersonal Subjects 37. Subjunctives 38. Diminutive, Augmentative and Collective Nouns 39. Direct and Reported Speech 40. Swahili Proverbs 41. Appendix: Important Charts 42. Swahili Vocabulary Dictionary About the Authors

About the Author

Oswald Almasi was born in Tanzania and educated at the University of Dar-es-Salaam. He has been an educator for more than 40 years, in the last 17 years as a professor of Swahili at the University of Toronto and also at York University since 2005. Michael David Fallon graduated from the University of Toronto as an African Studies Specialist. While at the University of Toronto he studied several languages including Portuguese, Arabic, and also Swahili under the tutelage of Oswald Almasi. He has also lived and spent time in East Africa. Nazish Pardhan Wared was born in Tanzania and educated at Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School in Dar-es-Salaam. She has also studied advanced Swahili under Oswald Almasi.


This book is the most detailed and comprehensive volume on Swahili grammar currently available. It is a welcome addition to the growing texts on Swahili language and a valuable collection for Swahili scholars worldwide. The writers . . . have collectively presented an in-depth survey of every aspect of Swahili grammar. It is intended for university students or language scholars whose objective is to gain mastery of Swahili grammar from the introductory to intermediate levels. . . .It is ideal . . . for the independent student who is studying on his/her own, or as a resource for the graduate student specializing in linguistic analysis, and also for the avid Swahili language teacher. Users will appreciate what is being said because everything is translated into English. It will be an invaluable addition to any library that desires to expand its collection on foreign languages. . . .[The book is] a well-written and comprehensive Swahili grammar book.

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