Learn Swahili

Learn Swahili

Frequently Asked Questions

The official languages are Swahili and English. In primary schools all the lessons are in Swahili. English is widely spoken and understood. It’s used as second official language, as commercial language as well as teaching language for some subjects in secondary school. Your effort to speak Swahili or few words of Swahili will be appreciated. Otherwise there are more then 120 tribal languages and dialects. Arabic language is widely spoken in the coastal areas, especially on Zanzibar.


Greetings, Introductions / Maamkizi

Good morningJambo
Good afternoonHabari za asubuhi
Good nightHabari za leo!
GoodbyeUlale Salama / Usiku mwema.
My name is…Kwa heri
What’s your name?Jina Langu ni…
Mrs. …, Miss…?Jina Lako nani?
My wife, my husband…Bibi…, Bi…?
My daughter, my son…Mke wangu, mume wangu
My friendBinti yangu, mtoto wangu
Glad to meet youRafiki yangu
How are you?Ninafurahi kukuona
Good thanks.Habari gani? Habari? Hujambo?
Fine, thank you. And how are you?Sijambo.
Give my regards to…Nzuri, asante. Na habari za kwako?
Sir (polite)Umsalimie…
Yes / NoBwana / Ndiyo
PerhapsHapana

You are

welcome

Karibu

Travel / Safari

TravelSafari
I want to go to the airline officeNataka kwenda kwa ofisi ya ndege
Where is ..?…ni wapi?
The airportKiwanja cha ndege
The bus stationKituo cha mabasi
The portBandari
The railway stationStesheni, kituo cha gari la mshi
A ticketTikiti
The baggage roomChumba cha kuwekea mizigo
Please get me a taxiTafadhali uniitie taxi
How long will it take to go?Mpaka tufike itachukua muda gani
To the north, southKaskazini, kusini
Straight aheadMoja kwa moja
Room / CampChumba / Kambi
BagMfuko
TowelKitambaa
Moskito NetChandulua
Train / Boat / CarGari la moshi / Mashua / Gari
AeroplaneNdege [Eropleni]
Petrol / MechanicPetroli / Fundi
TelephoneSimu
Bicycle / MotorbikeBaiskeli / Pikipiki

Animals / Wanyama

AnimalsWanyama
BirdNdgede
BaboonNyani
BuffaloNyati
CheetahDuma
CrocodileMamba
CatPaka
CowNg’ombe
DogMbwa
ElephantTembo
FishSamaki
GazelleSwala
GiraffeTwiga
Gnu / WildbeestNyumbu
HippoKiboko
InsectMdudu
LeopardChui
LionSimba
OstrichMbuni
RhinoKifaru
SnakeNyoka
Thompson’s gazelleSwalatomi
Vervet monkeyTumbili
ZebraPunda milia
WarthogNgiri

Useful expressions / Misemo ya kawaida

IMimi
YouWewe
Excuse meSamahani
PleaseTafadhali
Thank you (very much)Asante (sana)
No thanks.La asante.
(You’re) welcomeKaribu
I don’t understandSielewi
I don’t knowSijui
HelpNisaidia
PoliceIta polisi
RoadBarabara
River / LakeMto / Ziwa
Hill / ValleyKilima / Bonde
Do you speak english?Unasema Kiingereza?
I don’t speak english.Sisemi Kiingereza.
Please speak slowly.Tafadhali sema pole pole.
Good luck!Bahati njema!
Have a nice trip!Safari njema!
Excuse me please… Do you mind…Samahani…
Can you help me please?Tafadhali, naomba msaada?
Where is a toilet?Choo kiko wapi?
Can you repeat please?Tafadhali sema tena?

Question / Swali

What?Nini?
When?Lini?
Where?Wapi?
Which?Ipi?
Who?Nani?
Why?Kwa nini?
What time is it?Ni saa ngapi?
TodayLeo
TonightUsiku
TommorrowKesho
YesterdayJana
MorningAsubuhi
AfternoonAlasiri
EveningJioni
NightUsiku
NowSasa
Not yetBado
SoonSasa hivi

Days of the week / Siku

MondayJumatatu
TuesdayJumanne
WednesdayJumatano
ThursdayAlhamisi
FridayIjumaa
SaturdayJumamosi
SundayJumapili

Number / Namba

0 – zeroSifuri
1 – oneMoja
2 – twoWili
3 – threeTatu
4 – fourNne
5 – fiveTano
6 – sixSita
7 – sevenSaba
8 – eightNane
9 – nineTisa
11 – elevenKumi na moja
12 – twelveKumi na mbili
13 – thirteenKumi na tatu
14 – fourteenKumi na nne
15 – fifteenKumi na tano
16 – sixteenKumi na sita
17 – seventeenKumi na saba
18 – eighteenKumi na nane
19 – nineteenKumi na tisa
20 – twentyIshirini
30 – thirtyThelathini
40 – fortyArubaini
50 – fiftyAhamsini
60 – sixtySitini
70 – seventySabini
80 – eightyThemanini
90 – ninetyTisini
100 – hundredMia
101 – one hundred oneMia na moja
110 – one hundred tenMia na kumi
123 – one hundred twenty-threeMia na ishirini na tatu
200 – two hundredMia mbili
300 – three hundredMia tatu
1000 – thousandElfu

Shopping / Kwenda Madukani

Where can I buy…?Naweza kununua wapi…?
How can I help you?Unahitaji huduma yoyote?
I would like…Nataka…
How much is…?Ni bei gani?
It’s very expensive.Ghali sana.
Do you have cheaper one?Kuna nyi?ngine ambayo siyo ghali
Can you make discount?Tafadhali, upunguze bei?
Do you accept credit cards?Nikulipe kwa kreditkadi?
Would you like something else?Kitu chochote kingine?
No thanks, that’s all.Hapana, sitaki chochote zaidi, asante.
expensive, cheapghali, rahisi
PriceBei
Money returnKurejeshewa pesa
BookstoreDuka la vitabu
Department / SupermarketIdara / Supamaket
BakeryDuka la mkate
Postcard / StampPostikadi / Stempu
Post officePosta
BankBenki
There is / There is notKuna / Hakuna
OkaySawa sawa
ShopDuka
MoneyPesa
How much /many?Ngapi?
I’m just lookingMimi na angalia tu
I don’t wantSitaki
good /badmzuri / mbaya
quick / slowqupesi / pole pole
hot /coldmoto / baridi
big / smallkubwa / kidogo
open / closefungua / funga
empty / fulltupu / kujaa
verysana
no problemhakuna matata

Food / Chakula

Tin canKopo
Beef / Chicken / FishNg’ombei / Kuku / Samaki
Bread / Butter / Jam / HoneyMkate / Siagi / Jamu / Asali
Fruit / VegetablesMatunda / Mboga
Cheese / CreamJibini / Krimu
Eggs / HamMayai / Hemu
FlourUnga
Rice / French friesWali / Chipsi
SoupSupu
Salad / TomatoSaladi / Nyana
Salt / SugarChumvi / Sukari
Dessert / Ice creamKimalizio / aiskrimu
With / WithoutNa / Bila
I am hungry / I am thirstyNina Njaa / Nina kiu
MenuMenyu
Plate / Glass / Cup / NapkinSahani / Glasi / Kikombe / Savieti
Knife / Spoon / ForkKisu / Kijiko / Uma

Drinks / Pombe

Fruit juiceJusi / Maji
Pineapple juice / Apple juiceJusi ya mnanasi / jusi ya epul
Pineapple / AppleNanasi / Epul
Orange / Banana / PapayaChungwa / Ndizi / Papai
Mineral water / Drinking waterMaji safi / Maji ya kunywa
Beer / WineBia / Mvinyo
Non alcohol drinkSoda
IceBarafu
Water / Coffee / Tea / MilkMaji / Kahawa / Chai / Maziwa

Accidents / Ajali

Fetch a doctorIta daktari / Umwite daktari.
ChemistDuka la dawa
DangerHatari
I was bitten by…Niliumwa na…
a snake / spider / scorpionnyoka / buibui / nq’e

EMAIL

info@sunsetafricasafari.com

DIRECTOR"S EMAIL

sunsetafricalimited@yahoo.com

PHONE

+255 784 355 651

ADDRESS

1st Floor, Golden Rose Bulding. Arusha - Tanzania

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