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o Words in Swahili language (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, etc.)
Words in Swahili language (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, etc.)
Hello. Hi. Jambo?/Habari Zako/ Mambo?
My name is John Ninaitwa John / Mimi Ninaitwa John / Jina Langu Ni John
What is your name? Wewe Unaitwa Nani? / Unaitwa Nani? / Jina Lako Ni Nani?
Where are you going? Unakwenda wapi?
Are you going to Arusha? Unakwenda Arusha?
Are you going direction ...? Unaelekea upande ... / Unaelekea mahali gani?
Where is the road direction ...? Ipi ni barabara ya kuelekea ....?
I am going to ... Ninakwenda ...
No money Hakuna pesa / Sina pesa (in Tanzania: Sina hela)
Gas station Kituo cha mafuta / Kituo cha gesi
Traveler (hitchhiker, backpacker) Msafiri
Where to go Niende wapi / Kwenda wapi
Where to get off Nitelemke wapi or kituo ninapotelemka
Where is the city center Wapi ni mjini?
OK, fine etc. Sawa / Safi / Poa / Sawasawa
I am tired Nimechoka ("sana" = very much, therefore nimechoka sana = I am very tired)
Go away! Ondoka / Kwenda uko [Very rude], use "nenda zako" - go your way.
Stop the car! Tafadhali (=please), simamisha gari!
Pretty woman Mwanamke mzuri / Msichana mzuri
Mwanamke mrembo (but this means that the woman is married so take care). You can use "msichana mrembo",  i.e. prety girl/lady. Most kenyan ladies like this.
I do not know Mimi sijui / Sijui
Internet cafe internet cafe / Huduma za mtandao za kisasa
Toilet Choo
Entrance Sehemu ya kuingilia / Kuingia
Exit Sehemu ya kutokea / Kutoka
City Mji
Country Nchi
Yes Ndiyo
No Hapana
And Na
You Wewe

Funny phrases in Swahili (slang):
This depends with age and area of usage. Teenage people like a lot of these. But widely by many people are:
Sauti nyororo --- Good and beautiful voice.
Kiboko yao --- Beautiful lady.
Diambo --- Fight/war.
Koinange street --- pesently used and very hot word. It means a street where you go for prostitutes. This place even ministers go to collect women. It was in the newspaper so people are aware of it.
I am broke --- meaning i do not have money.
Are you fresh (in english) and Uko freshi? (in swahili) --- meaning you do not have AIDS virus.
Niko sware --- meaning i am ok (refering to AIDS)

by aloyce, onyango, updated: 22/05/2004, created: 13/05/2004 [burundi, central african republic, comoros, congo, congo (zaire), kenya, madagascar, malawi, mozambique, rwanda, south africa, tanzania, uganda, zambia]