Basic Swahili Phrases for Your Tanzania Safari

Swahili, a Bantu language spoken in much of east Africa with more than 140 million people. Swahili is an official language alongside English, and primary school children are usually taught in Swahili. Any tourists/ travelers must have a little understanding/ basic useful swahili words and phrases learning for s broad exposure.

What to learn useful swahili words and phrases? Tanzania is open the borders since June 28th.  All Kilimanjaro and Safari Activities have been resumed for all tourists. Also,  all International Airlines have resumed their flights to Tanzania.

English WordsSwahili Words
 WelcomeKaribu
Good morning   (Morning greeting)Habari ya asubuhi
Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting)Habari ya mchana
Good evening (Evening greeting) Habari ya jioni
Good nightUsiku mwema Lala salama (sleep well)
GoodbyeKwaheri
Good luck!Kila la heri(
Have a nice dayNakutakia siku njema!
Have a nice mealUfurahie chakula chako (sg) Furahieni chakula chenu (pl) Chakula chema
Have a good journeySafari Njema
Do you understand?Umeelewa?
YesNdiyo
NoHapana
HelloHabari, hujambo(sg) hamjambo (pl)
What is your name?Jina lako nani?
Am fineSalama, nzuri
Where are you from?Umetoka wapi?
Am from…Nimetoka..
I understandNimeelewa
I don’t understand Sielewi
 I don’t knowSijui
No thank youHapana Asante
StopAcha/ Usiendelee
Sorry Samahani
Thank youAsante, Asante Sana, sg(Asanteni(pl)
CongratulationHongera

Day

Siku

MondayJumatatu
TuesdaysJumanne
WednesdayJumatano
ThursdayAlhamisi
FridayIjumaa
SaturdayJumamosi
SundayJumapili

Month

Mwezi

JunuaryMwezi wa kwanza
FebruaryMwezi wa pili
MarchMwezi wa tatu
AprilMwezi wa nne
MayMwezi wa Tano
JuneMwezi wa sita
JulyMwezi wa Saba
AugustMwezi wa Nane
SeptemberMwezi wa Tisa
OctoberMwezi wa Kumi
NovemberMwezi wa kumi na moja
DecemberMwezi wa kumi na mbili
YearMwaka
MonthMwezi
SunJua
MoonMbalamwezi
 

Numbers

Namba

OneMoja
Twombili
ThreeTatu
FourNne
FiveTano
SixSita
SevenSaba
EightNane
NineTisa
TenKumi
TwentyIshirini
ThirtyThelathini
FourthArobaini
FiftyHamsini
SixtySitini
SeventySabini
EightyThemanini
NinetyTisini
One HundredMia moja
Two hundredMia mbili
Three hundredMia tatu
Four HundredMia nne
Five HundredMia Tano
Six hundredMia Sita
Seven hundredMia Saba
Eight hundredMia Nane
Nine hundredMia Tisa
One thousandElfu moja
HeadKichwa
HairNywele
FaceUso
Hand /handsMkono (sg) Mikono (pl)
StomarchTumbo
Leg/sMguu(gl) Miguu(pl)
ChakulaFood
TeaChai
WaterMaji
FatherBaba
MotherMama
Grand fatherBabu
Gand motherBibi
Kids/ChildrenMtoto/Watoto
AuntShangazi
Cloth/ ClothesNguo
Shoe/ ShoesKiatu (sg) Viatu (pl)
Car/sGari/sg) Magari (pl)
Dark /DarknessGiza
LightMwanga
bird/sNdege

Animals-

 

Wanyama (Manyama-Animal)

BuffaloMbogo au Nyati
CheetahDuma
ElephantTembo/ Ndovu
GiraffeTwiga
HippoKiboko
HyenaFisi
LeopardChui
LionSimba
RhinoKifaru
WarthogNgiri
WildebeestNyumbu
ZebraPunda milia
Ng’ombeCow
MbuziGoat (sgl) Goats (pl)
Kondoo  Sheep
ChichenKuku
BullNg’ombe Dume
cockJogoo
Baby Elephant

 

Mtoto wa tembo
CatPaka
DogMbwa

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