Peace Family, I'm trying to study Swahili from books and I am running into the problem of the Number system being part Arab and the months being part English. 1 = Moja 2 = Mbili 3 = Tatu 4 = Nne 5 = Tano 6 = Sita 7 = Saba 8 = Nane 9 = Tisa Source: http://www.masai-mara.com/mmswn.htm Where 6 and 7 are Arab numbers. As well as 20 and 30, and more. This leads to the Months being Arab too. For instance: Jumatatu (Monday) Jumanne (Tuesday) Jumatano (Wednesday) Alhamisi (Thursday) Ijumaa (Friday) Jumamosi (Saturday) Jumapili (Sunday) Source: http://www.afropedea.org/african-science/swahili-calendar Where Thursday and Friday are clearly Arab. Not without irony, Saturday has the number 1 in it; Sunday, 2; Monday, 3 . . . so clearly Thursday and Friday would have 6 and 7 yet neither the numbers 6 nor 7 are non-Arab so one can't use them to find out the original names of these weekdays. Separately, Januari Februari Machi Aprili Mei Juni Julai Agosti Septemba Oktoba Novemba Desemba Source: Ibid. Are clearly English. This site did suggest that there were traditional names of Month 1 and Month 2 e.g. mwezi wa pili . . . but that still doesn't give us insight into what were the original numbers of 6 and 7. Anyone have any insight?