Learn Swahili

Download a free, printable, pocket guide of English translations for common Swahili words and phrases, to take with you.

Useful Phrases:

Sisemi kiswahiliI don’t speak Swahili
Sifahamu/SielewiI don’t understand
Sema pole poleSpeak slowly
sijuiI don’t know
Nataka kushuka hapaI want to get off here
NaendaI’m going to
TwendeLet’s go (carry on, etc.)
Moja kwa mojastraight ahead

Common Words:

ndiyoyes
hapanano
asante sanathank you
rafikifriend
mimime
weweyou
sababubecause
hapahere
sasanow
juuup
chinidown
yanguIt is mine.
tafadhaliplease
banaman
mamawoman
mtoto/watotochild/chlidren
leotoday
keshotommorrow
safarijourney
uhurufreedom
natakaI want
sitakiI don’t want
mlimamountain
hakuna matatano problem

Days, Numbers, Animals

Days Of The Week:

JumatatuMonday
JumanneTuesday
JumatanoWednesday
AlhamisiThursday
IjumaaFriday
JumamosiSaturday
JumapiliSunday

Numbers 1 To 10:

mojaone
mbilitwo
tatuthree
nnefour
tanofive
sitasix
sabaseven
naneeight
tisanine
kumiten

Animal Names:

simbalion
temboelephant
kifarurhinoceros
chuileopard
kibokohippopotamus
nyatibuffalo
twigagiraffe
punda miliazebra
fisihyena
swaraantelope
sungurahare
mambacrocodile
bwheajackal
ng’ombecattle
mbuzigoat
nyokasnake

Common Questions:

Bei gani?How much does this cost?
ghali sanaexpensive
pugunza bei kidogocome down a little (in price)
rahisicheap
Nani?Who?
Nini?What?
Kwa nini?Why?
Lini?When?
Wapi?Where?
Gani?Which
Naweza kukaa wapi?Where can I stay?
Naweza kukaa hapa?Can I stay here?
Inaondoka lini?When does it leave?
Tutafika lini?When will we arrive?
Naenda wapi?Where are you going?
Sema tena?Could you repeat that?
Choo ni wapi?Where is the bathroom?

Greetings:

JamboHello
Habari gani?How are you?
Nzuri sanaI’m fine, Thank you.
Jina lako nani?What is your name?
Jina Lango niMy name is ……
karibuwelcome
kwaherigood bye