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Common Kiswahili Phrases

Kiswahili is a language easy to learn because grammatical and pronunciation never changes from word to word, some knowledge of Kiswahili can be very helpful in rural areas of Kenya, you will ask a question or get your point across, speak Kiswahili will give you additional respect from Kenyans. Next some useful phrases of Kiswahili vocabulary are listed:

Kiswahili
English
Jambo Hello (sometimes is used "Hujambo?")
Habari za asubuhi? Good morning
Habari za mchana? Good afternoon
Habari za jioni? Good evening
Habari za usiku? Good night
Karibu You're welcome
Samahani Excuse me
Nzuri Good
Mbaya Bad
Ndiyo Yes
Hapana No
Tafadhali Please
Watcha Stop it!
Kwa heri Goodbye
Habari sani? How are you?
Mzuri sana Fine, thank you (literally "I am very good")
Jina lako nani? What is your name
Jina langu ni Tom My name is Tom
Nafurahi kukuona Nice to meet you
Asante Thank you
Asante sana Thank you very much
Asante hapana No thank you
Sifahamu I do not understand
Unasemaje kwa Kiingereza? How do you say this in English?
Una sema Kiingereza Do you speak English?
Ninaweza kusema Kiswahili! I can speak Swahili!
Unaishi wapi? Where do you live?
Mombasa iko wapi? Where is Mombasa?
Nauli ni kiasi gani? How much is the fare?
Shilingi ngapi? How much does it cost?
Tikiti moja kwenda Nairobi, tafadhali One ticket to Nairobi, please.
Unakwenda wapi? Where are you going?
Choo kiko wapi? Where is the bathroom?
Hakuna matata No problem


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