Basic Swahili Vocabulary & Numbers

August 24, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Here are some basic Swahili words and Phrases followed by some numbers in swahili. Whats nice about Swahili is that its a phonetic language, which makes pronunciation easy.

English vs. Swahili
Hello = Jambo
How are you? = Habari?
Welcome/Come closer = Karibu
(very) Fine = Nzuri (sana)
Thanks (very much) = Ahsante (sana)
Please = Tafadhali
Mister/Sir = Bwana
Mrs/Ma’am = Mama
Good-bye = Kwaheri
Peace = Salama
Yes = Ndio
No = Hapana
OK = Sawa
No problem = Hakuna matata
Where? = Wapi?
Here = Hapa
There = Hapo
How much? = Bei gani
Food = Chakula
Water = Maji
Shop = Duka
Me = Mimi
You = Wewe

Counting in Swahili:
One = Moja
Two = Mbili
Three = Tatu
Four = Nne
Five = Tani
Six = Sita
Seven = Saba
Eight = Nane
Nine = Tisa
Ten = Kumi
Hundred = Mia
Thousand = Elfu

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10 year old speaks 11 languages! – including swahili

August 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

news report

Arpan Sharma, 10, from The Blue Coat School, Edgbaston, Birmingham, has reached the final of a national language contest for the second year. Arpan speaks his mother tongue Hindi at home, learnt four languages at school and has been using interactive, multimedia CD-ROMs for the others.

Amazing story, interesting he adds the fact that he had some challenges picking up the Swahili Language

Interesting quote from the Dean

It certainly makes children able to appreciate language more and makes them realise that it’s not something that’s simply spoken by ‘funny foreigners’.

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Learn Swahili Tips – 1/6

August 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Learn Swahili . Net 6 important Tips on How to Learn the Swahili Language Fast

Seeing the increasing amount of interest to learn Swahili, we have felt the urge providing you with some tips on how to proceed . Many are planning holiday to Tanzania or other Swahili regions aside from the usual benefits of mastering a second language. That all aside we would all like to learn a language as fast as possible.

Learn Swahili Fast Tip 1:
Do not procrastinate. Once you set a time-plan and resources, stick to it for at least a month. Then evaluate your progress and make modifications on your following month if needed. maybe within that month you have learned what you intended to.

Tip 2 on learning Swahili fast will be coming soon, be sure to bookmark us.

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Swahili to english translation, please ?

November 28, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

This is a song my little daughter learned from a movie, about three years ago, and she still sings it at bedtime sometimes, she uses it as a lullaby for her dolls, She’s only five yr old, but has a very good memory, and retention skills.

The sound of it is very calming and relaxing for her, that she insists that I sing fo her sometimes, But what bothers me is the fact that I don’t know what we are singing. I’m clueless about the meaning of this words:

” Imba wimbo wa upepo
wakati unajiwa na
Imba wimbo wa upepo
wakati ndoto tamu

Lala mpaka usiku uisheni
upepu wa usiku wimbo wakona
Wimbu Wangu Unendelea
Imba wimbo wa upepo
wakati unajiwa na
Imba wimbo wa upepo
wakati ndoto tamu

Lala mpaka usiku uisheni
upepu wa usiku wimbo wakona

Upepu wa usiku wimbo wakona

Unaendelea milele”

Can anybody help?

Thanks, I’ ts from the movie Mighty Joe Young, indeed.
For those who wonder, here’ s the song:

And here’ s Charlize Theron (the movie star) singing it.
Still my personal favorite is the one with the African Choir.
It’s called Windsong :)

Sing a song
And for a moment
You will be visited by the wind

Sing a song
And for a moment
Dream sweetly of the wind

Sleep now until the night is dawn
The wind and the night song, they are there
However the song, my child, will go on forever.

Bye :)

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Nelly& Ray Arusha Swahili Tanzania Music Crossroad hipHop

November 25, 2008 by · 5 Comments 

Music crossroad Arusha

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what does uko wapi lakini mean?

November 18, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

what does uko wapi lakini mean? I need a Swahili to English translation

but where are you?

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MBONA UMENIACHA swahili song

November 17, 2008 by · 12 Comments 


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November 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Wellcome to Kenya Tourism Online national anthem

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Somali or Swahili translations..How do you say this..?

November 16, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

How do I say this is Somali OR Swahili:
I am not sorry. I know that it is the beginning of the end. I am confused, but accept whatever I have done. You have one life to live. Be wise.

here’s a translation of your sentences in swahili.
(sijutii.najua kwamba huu ni mwanzo wa mwisho.nimechanganyikiwa/nimebabaika lakini ninakubali chochote kile nilichokifanya.una uhai mmoja tu wa kuishi .kuwa mwerevu.

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What is the swahili translation of this phrase?

November 14, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

What is the swahili translation of this phrase? : Good Afternoon! We are representing our class! I am (name) and (name).

Anyways Mark here’s the correct translation”jambo or habari or you can say “habari za mchana” for good afternoon. Sisi tunaliwakilisha darasa letu.mimi ni( name)na (name)for the last sentence if you are intending to say something like “i am a student and my name is mark”it’s mimi ni(student/mwanafunzi)na jina langu ni mark.
Hope i helped and if you need more clarification feel free to write to me.i’ll help whenever i can


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