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Revision as of 01:22, 7 December 2007

Contents

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Note that greetings is Swahili are very important, and long and drawn out - you can go back and forth several times, using not one but all of the greetings you know.

Hello. 
Hujambo (response: Sijambo)
Hello to an older person or authority figure. 
Shikamoo (she-ka-moe) (response: Marhaba)
Hello. (informal
Sasa / Mambo / Jambo (generally said only to tourists)
Response to informal hello 
Nzuri (fine), Safi (clean/in order), Poa (cool), Poa kichizi kama ndizi (cool like a crazy banana)
How are you? 
Habari (ha-ba-ree)
How are you today? 
Habari za leo?
How are you this morning? 
Habari za asubuhi
How are you this afternoon? 
Habari za mchana
How are you this evening? 
Habari za jioni
How was your journey / trip / safari? 
Habari za safari
How have you been today? 
Umeshindaje leo?
Fine, thank you. 
Nzuri, asante
What is your name? 
Jina lako nani?
My name is ______ . 
Jina langu ______
Where are you from? 
Unatoka wapi?
I am from _______. 
Ninatoka _______(your country)
Please. 
Tafadhali
Thank you (very much). 
Asante (sana)
You're welcome. 
Karibu.
Yes. 
Ndiyo
No. 
Hapana
I don't need. (Polite way of saying you don't want to buy anything) 
Sihitaji
Excuse me. (getting attention
Samahani
I'm sorry (in the sense of "pardon me"; used for minor transgressions). 
Samahani
I'm sorry (in the sense of "please forgive me for wronging you"; used for major transgressions) 
Nasikitika.
Goodbye 
Kwa heri.
Good night. 
Usiku mwema
Sleep well. 
Lala Salama
Did you sleep well? 
Umelalaje?
Umeamkaje (lit.: did you wake up well?)
See you later. 
Tutuonana
Later. 
Baadaye
See you tomorrow. 
Tutuonana kesho
My Swahili is terrible 
Kiswahili yangu ni mbaya sana.
I can't speak Kiswahili. 
Siwezi kusema Kiswahili
I only speak a little Kiswahili. 
Ninasema Kiswahili kidogo tu
Do you speak English? 
Wasema Kiingereza?
Bathroom 
Maliwato.
Toilet 
Choo
Help! 
Msaada!
Where is the _______? 
Iko wapi _____(e.g. bathroom, police station...)

Problem(s)

(Ma)tatizo
Shida
Shida kidogo (small problem)
Shida kubwa (big problem)

Numbers

One. 
Moja
Two. 
Mbili
Three. 
Tatu
Four. 
Nne
Five. 
Tano
Six. 
Sita
Seven. 
Saba
Eight. 
Nane
Nine. 
Tisa
Ten. 
Kumi
Twenty. 
Ishirini
Thirty. 
Thelathini
Forty. 
Arobaini
Fifty. 
Hamsini
Sixty. 
Sitini
Seventy. 
Sabini
Eighty. 
Themanini
Ninety. 
Tisini
One Hundred. 
Mia moja
One Thousand. 
Elfu moja

Time

What time is it? - Saa ngapi?

Clock time

Duration

Days

  1. monday : Jumatatu
  2. tuesday : Jumanne
  3. wednesday : Jumatano
  4. thursday : Alhamisi
  5. friday : Ijumaa
  6. saturday : Jumamoshi
  7. Sunday : Jumapili

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Hela/ Pesa

Eating

Banana  
Ndizi
Goat  
Mbuzi
Water  
Maji

Bars

To Health

Kwa Afya

Shopping

Driving

Authority

Learning more

On safari

Lion  
Simba
Elephant 
Tembo
Hippo  
Kiboko
Giraffe  
Twiga
Cheetah  
Duma
Ostrich  
Mbuni


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