Easy Phrases in Kiswahili
Updated: Mar 16
I'll start by saying that Kiswahili is a very easy langauage so it really is worth while learning the basics to break that barrier with the locals - you will most certainly feel the openess of the locals meanwhile gaining trust.
It goes a long way, when you can say more than "Hakuna Matata"
Here are some easy phrases that will help you feel more like a local:
Hello: mambo / salama (more common on the coast)
Good morning: habari ya asubuhi
How are you?: habari gani?
Very fine (response): mzuri sana
See you later: tutaonana / badai
Nice to meet you: nafurahi kukuona
Goodnight: lala salama
Thank you: asante
Thank you very much: asante sana
OK: sawa sawa
Just a little bit: kidogo tu
Where is the...?: ni wapi...?
Over there: pale
Numbers - perfect when dealing with money
11: kumi na moja (ten and one)
12: kumi na mbili (ten and two)
21: ishirni na moja (twenty and one)
200: mia mbili