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Swahili alphabet and characters

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Swahili characters (alphabet)

Swahili grammar rules

Swahili nouns are distinctive by prefixes and are grouped in 15 classes. Nouns are not distinctive by gender.

Nouns agree with adjectives, numberals, demonstratives, possesives and relatives by the use of affixes.

Three are two numbers: singular and plural.

Swahili formatting rules

Short date formatdd/MM/yy
e.g. 17/03/16
Long date formatdd MMMM, yyyy
e.g. 17 Machi, 2016

Swahili capitalisation usage

  • People’s names.
  • Geographical names (of countries, counties/states, cities etc.).
  • Headings/titles: only the first word is capitalised unless a proper noun is featured
  • Names of states, unions, federations.

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