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Useful Phrases


Swahili is the National language  and English is the official language in Kenya. To help you around with Swahili language during your stay while in Kenya, here are a few commonly used words and phrases.


Greeting (Salamu)


Hello?    Hujambo?

How are you?    Habari?

I am well (good, fine)    Mzuri

Thank you    Asante

Very much    Sana

Goodbye    Kwaheri



General


Hotel    Hoteli

Room    Chumba

Bed    Kitanda

Coffee    Kahawa

Beer    Pombe

Cold    Baridi

Warm    Moto

Hot    Moto Sana

Tea    Chai

Water    Maji

Meat    Nyama

Fish    Samaki

Bread    Mkate

Bad    Mbaya



Time (Saa)


Today    Leo

Tomorrow   Kesho

Now   Sasa

Quickly   Upesi

Slowly  Polepole


Facilities


Hospital  Hospitali

Police  Polisi

Street/road   Barabara

Airport  Uwanja wa ndege


Shop   Duka

Money  Pesa

People (Watu)


Mister    Bwana

Mrs.    Bibi

Miss    Bi

I    Mimi

You    Wewe

He, She    Yeye

We    Sisi

They    Wao



Questions (Maswali)


What?    Nini?

Who?    Nani?

Where? (place)    Mahali gain

Where? (Direction)    Wapi?

When?    Lini?

How?    Namna Gani?

Why?    Kwa nini?

Which?    Ipi?

Yes    Ndio

No    Hapana

To eat    Kula

To drink    Kunywa

To go    Kwenda

To stop    Kusimama



Phrases Commonly Used


Where is the hotel?    Hoteli iko wapi?

Good morning    Habari ya asubuhi

Good afternoon    Habari mchana

Good evening    Habari ya jioni

You’re welcome    Karibu, unakaribishwa

Where do you come from?    Umetoka wapi?

I come from    Nimetoka

What is your name?    Jina lako nani?

My name is    Jina langu ni

Can you speak Swahili?    Unaweza kuongea Kiswahili?

Only a little    Kidogo tu

Where are you going?    Unakwenda wapi?

I am going    Nakwenda

How much?    Pesa ngapi?

Wait a minute    Ngoja Kidogo

Excuse me    Samahani

Where is the toilet?    Choo kiko wapi?

Where can I get a drink?    Naweza kupata kinywaji wapi?

One cup of    Kikombe kimoja cha


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