Swahili Words and Phrases

Swahili Words and Phrases
(Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda)

General Expressions

English Swahili
Hello Jambo
How are you? Habari?
Fine, good Mzuri
Good bye Kwaheri
Mister/Sir/Husband Bwana
Madam/Wife Bibi
Yes Ndio
No Hapana
Please Tafadhali
Thank you Asante
Thank you very much Asante Sana
Today Leo
Tomorrow Kesho
Yesterday Jana
Toilet Choo
Left Kushoto
Right Kulia
I want Nataka
I would like Ningetaka
How Much? Pesa ngapi?
How many? Ngapi
Where is? Iko wapi?
When? Lini?
To eat Kula
Food Chakula
Water Maji
Coffee Kahawa
Tea Chai
Milk Maziwa
Beer Pombe
Bread Mkate
Butter Siagi
Sugar Sukari
Salt Chumvi
Hot/Fire Moto
Cold Baridi
Ice Barafu
Forgive me Samahani
Sleep well Lala Salama
Long Life! (Cheers) Maisha marefu!
Slowly Pole Pole
Fast Haraka
Quickly Upesi
Ngoja Wait
Shop Duka
Guest Mgeni
To sleep Kulala

Numbers

One Moja
Two Mbili
Three Tatu
Four Nne
Five Tano
Six Sita
Seven Saba
Eight Nane
Nine Tisa
Ten Kumi
Eleven Kumi na moja
Twenty Ishirini
Thirty Thelathini
Forty Arobaini
Fifty Hamsini
Sixty Sitini
Seventy Sabini
Eighty Themanini
Ninety Tisini
Hundred Mia
Thousand Elf

 

Animals – Wanyama

Aadvark Muhanga
Roan Antelope Korongo
Sable Antelope Palahala
Baboon Nyani
Buffalo Nyati
Bushbaby Komba
Bushbuck Pongo
Pig Nguruwe
Caracal Simba Mangu
Cheetah Duma
Chimpanzee Sokwe mtu
Civet Fungo
Dik Dik Dikidiki
Eland Pofu
Elephant Ndovu/Tembo
Fox Mbweha
Gazelle Swara
Genet Kanu
Giraffe Twiga
Gorilla Makaku
Hare Sungura
Hartebeest Kongoni
Hedgehog Kalunguyeye
Hippo Kiboko
Honey badger Nyegere
Hyena Fisi
Hyrax Pimbi
Jackal Mbweha
Klipspringer Mbuzimawe
Kudu Tandala Mdogo
Leopard Chui
Lion Simba
Mongoose Nguchiro
Leopard Chui
Monkey Tumbili
Oryx Choroa
Otter Fisi maji
Pangolin Kakakuona
Porcupine Nunguri
Rhino Kifaru
Topi Nyamera
Warthog Ngiri
Waterbuck Kuro
Wild dog Mbwa mwitu
Wildebeest Nyumbu
Zebra Pundamilia