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Swahili Prepositions

Swahili Prepositions
Learning the Swahili Prepositions is very important because its structure is used in every day
conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Swahili
language. But first we need to know what the role of Prepositions is in the structure of the
grammar in Swahili.
Swahili prepositions link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or
phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition. Here are some
examples:
English Prepositions
Prepositions
inside the house
outside the car
with me
without him
under the table
after tomorrow
before sunset
but I'm busy

Swahili Prepositions
Vijina
ndani ya nyumba
nje ya gari
na mimi
pasipo yeye
chini ya meza
baada ya kesho
kabla ya machweo
lakini nina shughuli nyingi

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Prepositions in Swahili has a logical
pattern. Locate the Prepositions above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in
Kiswahili.

List of Prepositions in Swahili


Below is a list of the Time place and demonstrative pronouns in Swahili placed in a table.
Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Swahili
vocabulary.
English Prepositions
about
above
across
after
against
among
around
as

Swahili Prepositions
kuhusu
juu
katikati
baada ya
dhidi ya
miongoni mwa
karibu
kama

English Prepositions
at
before
behind
below
beneath
beside
between
beyond
but
by
despite
down
during
except
for
from
in
inside
into
near
next
of
on
opposite
out
outside
over
per
plus
round
since
than
through
till
to
toward
under
unlike
until
up
via

Swahili Prepositions
saa
kabla
nyuma
chini
chini
kando ya
kati ya
ng'ambo
lakini
na
licha ya
chini
wakati
ila
kwa
kutoka
katika
ndani
katika
karibu
kando
ya
juu
kinyume
nje
nje
juu
kwa
kuongeza
pande zote
tangu
kuliko
kupitia
mpaka
kwa
kuelekea
chini ya
tofauti
mpaka
juu
kupitia

English Prepositions

Swahili Prepositions

with
within
without

na
ndani ya
bila

two words
according to
because of
close to
due to
except for
far from
inside of
instead of
near to
next to
outside of
prior to

maneno mawili
kulingana na
kwa sababu ya
karibu
kutokana na
isipokuwa
mbali na
ndani ya
badala ya
karibu na
karibu na
nje ya
kabla ya

three words
as far as
as well as
in addition to
in front of
in spite of
on behalf of
on top of

maneno matatu
mbali kama
kama vile
zaidi
mbele ya
licha ya
kwa niaba ya
juu ya

demonstrative pronouns
this
that
these
those

demonstrative Vijina
hii
hio
hii/hawa/haya/hizi
hao/hayo