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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