21. Swahili 101 - Days of the week

Uploaded by kulmansam on 06.01.2011

Hello and welcome back to learning kiSwahili. In today's lesson, we're going to learn a
little bit about days of the week. Every language has days of the week. So does Swahili.
So today we're going to learn about the days of the week in Swahili.
Here's another prime example of how (Swahili) days of the week are borrowed from other languages.
  Monday - Juma' Tatu (Third day)
Tuesday - Juma'anne (Fourth day) Wednesday - Juma' tano (Fifth day)
Thursday - Alkhamisi (Arabic - the fifh - khamsa being 5)
Friday - Ijumaa (Arabic - Juma' - congregation day or the day of gathering)
Saturday - Juma' mosi (First day*)  Sunday - Juma' pili (Second day)
So seven days of the week; Monday - Juma' Tatu
Tuesday - Juma'anne Wednesday - Juma' tano
Thursday - Alkhamisi Friday - Ijumaa
Saturday - Juma' mosi Sunday - Juma' pili
*probably because in Islamic calendar, Fridays are a 'holy day', so Arab and predominantly
Islamic countries used to have a day  off on Fridays and Saturdays would be the first
day people go back to work.  
In Arabic calendar though, Saturday is 'Sabt' (sabath) coming from the number 7, meaning
7th day of the week. Other days in Arabic are
Ahad = Sunday (First) Thnain = Monday (Second)
Thulatha' = Tuesday (Third) Arbia' = Wednesday (Fourth)
Khamis' = Thursday (Fifht) Juma' = Friday (Congregation - Gathering)
Sabt = Saturday (Seventh) With that, we conclude our calendars.
See you again in another chapter, where we will be talking about months of the year.
Until then, "kwaheri, tutaonana baadae" = bye, see you later