The names of the months in Swahili are in two versions: one is taken directly from English and the other is counting the moons.
Here are the Swahili months of the year:
Mwezi wa kwanza
Mwezi wa pili
Mwezi wa tatu
Mwezi wa nne
Mwezi wa tano
Mwezi wa sita
Mwezi wa saba
Mwezi wa nane
Mwezi wa tisa
Mwezi wa Kumi
Mwezi wa kumi na moja
Mwezi wa kumi na mbili
As with the days of the week, when using months in a sentence the month is placed in the same way as in English, either directly before the subject or at the end of the sentence. So the preceding examples in this section could have been written as:
Niliogelea Aprili. – I went swimming in April.
Niliogelea katika mwezi Aprili. – I went swimming in the month of April.
Niliogelea katika mwezi wa Aprili. – I went swimming in the month of April.
Niliogelea katika mwezi wa nne. – I went swimming in the fourth month. (April)
When naming the months directly, the months are N- class nouns, however if the word mwezi is used before the name of the month then noun class agreement must be with mwezi which is in the M-/MI- noun class.