How to say 12 in Swahili: kumi na mbili


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How to say 12 in Swahili: kumi na mbili

Learning Swahili for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say 12 in Swahili: kumi na mbili
Say it out loud: “koo me nah mm bee lee

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Some more helpful words in our Swahili Numbers category:

1 – moja  (mo jah)
2 – mbili  (mm bee' lee)
3 – tatu  (tah too)
4 – nne  (n’ neh)
5 – tano  (tah no)
6 – sita  (see tah)
7 – saba  (sah bah)
8 – nane  (nah neh)
9 – tisa  (tee sah)
10 – kumi  (koo me)
11 – kumi na moja  (koo me na moh jah)
12 – kumi na mbili  (koo me nah mm bee lee)
20 – ishirini  (ee shee ree nee)
30 – thelathini  (thay la thee nee)
40 – arobaini  (ah ro ba ee nee)
50 – hamsini  (hahm see nee)
60 – sitini  (see tee nee)
70 – sabini  (sah bee nee)
80 – themanini  (thay ma nee nee)
90 – tisini  (tee see nee)
100 – mia moja  (me ah mo jah)
1000 – elfu moja  (el foo mo jah)

And here’s how to say 12 in other languages!

Arabic–Ethna Ashar  (ethna ashar)
Chinese–Shíèr  (Shr Ar)
Croatian–dvanaest  (dvah nah est)
Czech–dvanáct  (dvah nahts)
Finnish–kaksitoista  (kaxih toh is tah)
French–Douze  (dooz)
German–zwölf  (tsvurlf)
Italian–dodici  (doh dee chee)
Japanese–Juu Ni  (Jew Nee)
Korean–Sibi  (Ship Ee)
Polish–dwanaście  (dva nash' tsheh)
Portuguese–Doze  (doh zee)
Russian–dvenadtsat'  (dvee nah tsat)
Spanish–doce  (doe say)
Swahili–kumi na mbili  (koo me nah mm bee lee)
Thai–Sip Song  (sip song)
Turkish–oniki  (ahn ee kay)
Vietnamese–Mười Hai  (Muy Hai)

Aside from the alphabet, numbers are the easiest and most common way to learn any language. For example, this is how you say "12" (kumi na mbili) in Swahili. Which other numbers do you know? Which others can you learn? Get instant access to the Swahili Language Set and learn all the numbers you'll ever need to know in your travel.


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