Greetings and Civilities

It’s considered rude to speak to someone without greeting them first.  So, on every occasion, greet the person before talking to them.

 

Hello                                                                         Jambo or Salama

 

Also note these greetings:

Welcome                                                                                   Karibu

Goodbye                                                                                Kwa heri

(Until) tomorrow                                                                         Kesho

Goodnight                                                                         Lala salama

See you later                                                                       Tutaonana

Please (if asking big favor)                                                    Tafadhali

Thank you                                                                                 Asante

Thanks very much                                                           Asante sana

You’re welcome                                                                         Karibu

How are you?                                                                          Habari?

I’m fine, thanks                                                                            Nzuri

What’s your name?                                                       Unaitwa nani?

My name is…                                                               Jina langu ni…

Where are you from?                                                   Unatoka wapi?

I’m from…                                                                 Mimi ninatoka…

Where do you live?                                                       Unakaa wapi?

I live in…                                                                             Nikakaa…

May I take a picture?                                         Naomba kupiga picha

 

Useful Words and Phrases

Yes                                                                                             Ndiyo

No                                                                                           Hapana

Sorry                                                                                    Pole sana

No Problem                                                                 Hakuna matata

No hurry                                                                      Hakuna haraka

Easy! Piece of Cake                                                                  Rahisi

I don’t understand                                               Nisamehe sigahamu

I’m going to the toilet                                                   Nina enda choo

 

Getting Around

I want to go to…                                             Mimi nataka kwenda…

Is this the way to…?                                                       Hii njia ya…?

How much to go to…?                                Shillingi ngapi kwenda…?

Where is a/the…?                                                                 Wapi…?

When does the…leave?                               …inakwenda saa ngapi?

Bus                                                                                               Basi

Train                                                                                             Treni

Truck/car                                                                                       Gari

Boat                                                                                               Boti

Shared taxi                                                                         Gari ndogo

Drive slowly                                                            Endesha pole pole

Wait a minute                                                                 Ngoja kidogo

Stop here                                                                       Simama hapa

Ticket                                                                                            tikiti

Airport                                                                    Kiwanja cha ndege

Bus Station                                                               Stesheni ya basi

Train Station                                                             Stesheni ya treni

Taxi                                                                                               teksi

Left                                                                                  Kwa kushoto

Right                                                                                     Kwa kulia

Where is a/the…?                                                                 Wapi…?

Bank                                                                                            Benki

Hospital                                                                                  Hospitali

Post office                                                                                  Posta

Restaurant                                                               Hoteli ya chakula

Toilet                                                                                            Choo

 

Food- Useful Words

Boiled                                                                                     Chemka

Bread                                                                                         Mkate

Butter                                                                                           Siagi

Cup                                                                                        Kikombe

Curry                                                                                        Mchuzi

Egg (s)                                                                               Yai (mayai)

Food                                                                                       Chakula

Fork                                                                                              Uma

Fried                                                                                        Kaanga

Glass                                                                                           Glasi

Hot/Cold                                                                            Moto/Baridi

Hot (spicy)                                                                                   Hoho

Indian Bread                                                                            Chapati

Knife                                                                                              Kisu

Napkin                                                                                   Kitambaa

Pepper                                                                                        Pilipili

Plate                                                                                          Sahani

Raw                                                                                           Mbichi

Ripe                                                                                            Mbivu

Roast                                                                                       Choma

Table                                                                                           Mesa

Teaspoon                                                                                    Kijiko

Salt                                                                                          Chumvi

Sauce                                                                                       Mchuzi

Soup                                                                                            Supu

Sugar                                                                                         Sukari

Sweet                                                                                         Tamu

Yogurt                                                                                Maziwalala

 

Vegetables and Grains

Carrots                                                                                       Karoti

Corn/Maize                                                                              Mahindi

Garlic                                                                         Vitunguu saumu

Kidney Beans                                                                    Maharagwe

Lettuce                                                                                        Salad

Mashed beans, potatoes, maize, and greens                        Mataha

Onions                                                                                   Vitunguu

Potatoes                                                                                       Viazi

Rice                                                                                              Wali

Spinach                                                                           Sukuma wiki

Tomatoes                                                                                  Nyana

Vegetables                                                                                Mboga

Vegetable Stew                                                                         Mboga

 

Meet and Fish

Barbecued Meat                                                            Nyana choma

Beef                                                                   Nyama (ya) ng’ombe

Crab                                                                                               Kaa

Fish                                                                                          Samaki

Kebabs                                                                                 Mushkaki

Lobster                                                                                     Kamba

Meat                                                                                         Nyama

Meat Stew                                                                              Karanga

Pork                                                                    Nyama (ya) nguruwe

Steak                                                                                            Steki

Fruit

Bananas                                                                                       Ndizi

Coconut (Green)                                                                          Dafu

Coconut (Ripe)                                                                             Nazi

Dates                                                                                         Tende

Fruit                                                                                        Matunda

Grapefruits                                                                             Madanzi

Guava                                                                                           Pera

Limes                                                                                         Ndimu

Mangoes                                                                                Maembe

Oranges                                                                           Machungwa

Papayas                                                                                     Paipai

Passion fruit                                                                            Pasheni

Pineapples                                                                           Mananasi

Sugar Cane                                                                                 Miwa

 

Online English/Swahili Dictionary