Swahili Phrases

The work that we do in Kenya is predominantly in Mtwapa; although many educated people speak English the language spoken by the majority of people in Kenya is the national language Swahili or KiSwahili. Here are some Swahili phrases...they might come in very useful.

ENGLISH SWAHILI
Hello, good day, how are you? Jambo or Hujambo
(the response) No problems Jambo or Sijambo
How are things? News? Habari?
Fine, good, terrible Nzuri
Hello? Anyone in? Hodi?
Come in, enter, welcome Karibu
Goodbye Kwaheri / kwahereni
Thank you (to one/many) Asante /Asanteni
Very Sana
Mister Bwana
Mrs Mama
Youth, teenager Kijana
Child Mtoto (pl= watoto)
What's your name? Lina lako nani?
Are you called? Unaitwaje?
My name is... Jina langu ni...
Where are you from? Unatoka wapi?
I am from... Ninatoka...
I am staying at... Ninakaa
See you (we shall meet again) Tutaonana
Yes Ndiyo
No Hapana
I don't understand Sifahamu
I don't speak Swahili Simsemi Kiswahili
How do you say in Swahili? Unasemaje na Kiswahili
Could you repeat that / say again Sema Sema tenapole pole
Speak slowly Sema pole pole
I don't know Sijui
Where? Wapi?
Here Hapa
When? Lini?
Now Sasa
Soon Sasa hivi
Why? Kwa nini?
Because Kwa sabubu
Who? Nani?
What? Nini?
Which? Gani?
True Kweli
And / with na
or au
(It) is (they) are Ni (also used as a connector phrase)
Isn't it? Siyo
Where can I stay? Naweza kukaa wapi?
Can I stay here? Naweza kukaa hapa?
Room/s Chumba / vyumba
bed/s Kitanda / vitanda
Chair /s Kiti / viti
Table/s Meza
Toilet, bathroom Choo, bafu
Washing water Maji ya kuosha
Ho/cold water Majo moto / baridi
I'm hungry Ninasikia njaa
I'm thirsty Niina kiu
Is there any? Iko..or Kuna?
Yes there is.. Iko ..or Kuna
No there isn't any Hakuna
How much? Ngapi?
Money Pesa
How much does it cost? Pesa Ngapi
I want Nataka
I don't want Sitaki
Give me / bring me / can I have Nipe / Niletee
Again Tena
Enough Tosha / basi
Expensive Ghali / sana
Cheap Rahisis
Shop Duka
Bank Benki
Doctor Daktari
Police Polisi
I'm ill Mimi mgonjwa
Hospital Hospitali
Stop Simama
Wait / hang on a moment Ngoja / ngoja kidogo
Let's go / carry on Twende / endelea
Danger Hatari
Warning Angalia / onyo!
Fierce dog Mbwa mkali!
No entry Hakuna njia!
Good Zuri
Bad baya
Big Kubwa
Small dogo
If God wills it Inshallah
Please Tafadhali
Sorry Samahani
Help the poor Saidia maskini
No problem Hakuna matata