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Learn Swahili

Learn Swahili


English is an official language of both Kenya and Tanzania and is understood by most people you will encounter. If you say it in Swahili, however, you may get special results.

Here is a simple guide to pronunciation of words in Swahili: a as in father, e as in bed, i as in tin, o as in or, u as in truth.

Helpful Words and Phrases

General
On Buying
Family Words

Days of the Week
Numbers
Time

Everyday Words
Bars and Restaurant
Game Animals


General

Hello!

Jambo!

How are you?

Habari?

Good, fine, very well

Nzuri

Bad

Mbaya

Thank you (very much)

Asante (sana)

Please

Tafadhali

Good-bye

Kwaheri

Welcome!/Nearby

Karibu

Danger

Hatari

Friend

Rafiki

Sorry

Samahimi, Pole

Excuse me, please

Nisamehe Samahani


On Buying

How much?

Bei gani?

Very Expensive

Ghali (sana)

Shilling(s)

Shillingi

Discount

Duka

Money

Fedha (Pesa)


Family Words

Man (men)

Mwanaume (Wanaume)

Woman (women)

Mwanamke (Wanawake)

Child (children)

Mtoto (Watoto)

Old man/men Woman/women

Mzee (Wazee)

Girl(s)

Msichana (Wasichana)

Boy(s)

Kijana (Vijana)


Days of the Week

Sunday

Jumapili

Monday

Jumatatu

Tuesday

Jumanne

Wednesday

Jumatano

Thursday

Alhamisi

Friday

Ijumaa

Saturday

Jumamosi


Numbers

One

Moji

Two

Mbili

Three

Tatu

Four

Nne

Five

Tano

Six

Sita

Seven

Saba

Eight

Nane

Nine

Tisa

Ten

Kumi

Half

Nusu


Time

Is it time?

Saa ngapi

Now

Sasa

Minute

Dakika

Morning

Asubuhi

Evening

Jioni

Afternoon

Alasiri

Today

Leo

Yesterday

Jana

Tomorrow

Kesho

Hour

Saa

Night

Usiku

Day

Siku


Everyday Words

Post Office

Posta

Bank

Benki

Hotel

Hoteli

Freedom

Uhuru

Let’s all pull together

Harambee

Teacher(s)

Mwalimu (Waalimu)

Countryman (men)

Mwananchi (Wnanume)

Citizen(s)

Wananhi

Garden (farm)

Bustani (shamba)

Where?

Wapi?

Why?

Kwa nini?

When?

Lini?

How?

Vipi?

Self reliance

Kujitegemea


Bars and Restaurants

A lot, plenty

Nyingi

Another/more

Ingine

Beer

Pombe

Bread

Mkate

Butter

Siagi

Coffee

Kahawa

Egg(s)

Yai (Mayai)

Enough

Basi/Inatosha

Fish

Samaki

Food

Chakula

Fruit(s)

Tunda (Matunda)

Ice/Cold

Barafa/Baridi

Meat

Nyama

Milk

Maziwa

Onion

Kitunguu

Potato(es)

Kiazi (Viazi)

Rice (cooked rice)

Mchele (Wali)

Sugar

Sukari

Sweets

Peremenda

Sweet

Tamu

Tea

Chai

Vegetables

Mboga

Warm, hot, fire

Moto

Water

Maji


Game Animals

Leopard(s)

Chui

Rhinoceros

Kifaru (Vifaru)

Buffalo(s)

Nyati

Lion(s)

Simba

Elephant(s)

Tembo, Ndovu

Cheetah

Duma

Baboon, monkey

Nyani

Chimpanzee, apes

Sokwe

Zebra

Punda Milia

Giraffe

Twiga

Impala

Swala

Swala

Fisi

Wart Hog

Ngiri

Boar

Nguruwe Mwitu

Hippo(s)

Kiboko (Viboko)