Here are some very common phrases you might want to learn if you’re traveling to Kenya.
Of course, most Kenyans speak English, but being able to speak a few phrases in the local language always enriches a travel experience. Besides that, Swahili sounds really nice, so you will enjoy speaking it!
|How are you?||Habari?|
|I’m fine||Sijambo or Mzuri|
|All good, cool||Poa or Safi|
|See you later||Baadaye|
|No thank you||Hapana asante|
|Thank you very much||Asante sana|
|Very Sorry||Pole sana|
|No worries||Hakuna matata|
|No problem||Hamna shida|
|What is your name?||Jina lako nani?|
|My name is ___||Jina langu ni ___|
|Nice to meet you||Ninafuraha kukutana nawe|
|I don’t understand||Sielewi|
|I like it||Ninaipenda|
|I don’t like it||Siipendi|
|Do you like it?||Je unaipenda?|
|Which?||Ipi? (or Gani?)|
|Me||Mimi (pronounced Me-me)|
|You||Wewe (prounounced Way-way)|
Now let’s put some of these words together into a sentence:
Mimi apana sema Swahili mzuri sana! (I don’t speak Swahili very well)
Wewe ni mzuri sana (You are very good)
See how easy that is? Here’s a great app called Duolingo you can use from your computer or phone that will teach you a little bit of Swahili every day. Not only is it excellent, it’s free!
p.s. you can use the app to learn dozens of other languages as well.