The Swahili phrases, terms and words listed in the table below, were compiled to help you to communicate more effectively during your wildlife safaris and tours in Tanzania. Most of the local population and more specifically those involved in the tourism industry, can all communicate in basic English, but for obvious reasons it is greatly appreciated in Tanzania, if you can master a couple of basic Swahili words and phrases. The Swahili language is also spoken extensively in Kenya and Malawi.


Swahili phrases, terms and words. English to Swahili.

 

1)       Child - Mtoto.
2)       Come in / Welcome - Karibu.
3)       Fine - Nzuri.
4)       Good-bye - Kwaheri.
5)       Hello, How are you?, Jambo - Habari Yako?
6)       How much? - Ngapi?
7)       May I take your picture? - nikupige picha?
8)       Mister - Bwana.
9)       Madam - Bibi.
10)     No - Hapana.
11)     Please - Tafadhali.
12)     Slow - Pole pole.
13)     Today - Leo.
14)     Thank you very much -Asante Sana.
15)     Tomorrow - Kesho.
16)     Tonight - Leo usiku.
17)     Wait - Ngojea.
18)     What does it cost? - Shilingi Ngapi?
19)     Where is ..? - Iko wapi ..?
20)     Yes - Ndio.
21)     Sleep well - Lala salama.
22)     Come - njoo.
23)     Let's go - twende. 
24)     Water - maji.
25)     Food - chakula.

SWAHILI, THE LANGUAGE OF TANZANIA

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