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Science is the fiftieth skill in the language tree for the Swahili language on Duolingo. It has four lessons that teach basic greetings in Swahili.

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This skill covers basic scientific terminology in Swahili, including some elements, neutron/proton/electron, forces, mass/weight etc.


Note many of these terms are loanwords from English, and others from Arabic, and relatively few are words of Bantu origin. In English loanwords, an i or u (depending on the last consonant) is very often prefixed onto the word if it doesn't fit into Swahili phonotactics.

Scientific Method/General[]

kipimo - test

jaribio - experiment

uchanganuzi - analysis (changa - new/young, mchanga - youth/youngster(n) )\

maonesho - fair (as in scientific fair)

nadharia - theory

nadharia tete - hypotheses

teknolojia - technology


To form terms for some professionals (mtaalam), the prefix mwana- can be used. For example

mwanahisabati - Mathematician

mwanasayansi - Scientist

mwanabiolojia - biologist



sayari - Planet

darubini - Telescope


Mazingira - Environment (ma class, no singular)

pima - check/examine (v)


protoni -proton

nutroni - neutron

elektroni - electron

haidrojeni - hydrogen

naitrojeni - nitrogen

oksijeni - oxygen

kaboni - carbon

elementi - element

atomu - atom

molekuli - molecule

nyukliasi - nucleus

gesi - gas

hewa - air

asidi - acid

kemikali - chemical

bomu - bomb


tungamo - mass/weight

mvutano - tension/gravity (eg. mvutano kati ya sayari)

uwiano - ratio (uwiano wa x:y -> ratio of x to y)

uzito - weight

fomyula - formula (eg. fomyula ya kisayansi - scientific formula, fomyula ya kihisabati - mathematical formula)

Some extra stuff not covered in the skill but relevant to the topic[]

Jedwali ya Elementi (Periodic Table)



Periodic Table