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Greetings

 
Hello! Habari!
Habari!Hello!
Good morning! (sg/pl) Habari ya Asubuhi!
Habari ya Asubuhi!Good morning! (sg/pl)
Hello! (sg/pl) Habari ya Siku!
Habari ya Siku!Hello! (sg/pl)
Good evening! (sg/pl) Habari ya Jioni!
Habari ya Jioni!Good evening! (sg/pl)
Good night! (sg/pl) Lala salama!
Lala salama!Good night! (sg/pl)
Bye! (infml) Baadaye!
Baadaye!Bye! (infml)
Good bye! (fml.) Kwa heri!
Kwa heri!Good bye! (fml.)

Important vocabulary

 
yes ndio
ndioyes
no hapana
hapanano
maybe pengine
penginemaybe
OK sawa
sawaOK
Thank you! asante
asanteThank you!
You're welcome! (m/f) karibu
karibuYou're welcome! (m/f)
Excuse me, … (sg/pl) Samahani ...
Samahani ...Excuse me, … (sg/pl)
I'm sorry. (m/f) Pole sana.
Pole sana.I'm sorry. (m/f)
I (don't) have ... Sina ...
Sina ...I (don't) have ...
We (don't) have … Hatuna ...
Hatuna ...We (don't) have …
There is (no) ... Hakuna ...
Hakuna ...There is (no) ...

Introducing yourself

 
My name is ... Ninaitwa...
Ninaitwa...My name is ...
I'm from ... Ninatoka...
Ninatoka...I'm from ...
I'm ... years old. Nina miaka...
Nina miaka...I'm ... years old.
I am (not) married. (m/f) Sijaolewa.
Sijaolewa.I am (not) married. (m/f)
I'm (not) traveling alone. Sisafiri peke yangu.
Sisafiri peke yangu.I'm (not) traveling alone.
I'm traveling with ... Nasafiri na ...
Nasafiri na ...I'm traveling with ...

Comprehension

 
I don't speak any Swahili. Sizungumzi kiswahili.
Sizungumzi kiswahili.I don't speak any Swahili.
I don't understand that. (m/f) Hiyo sijaelewa.
Hiyo sijaelewa.I don't understand that. (m/f)
Do you speak …? (m/f) Unazungumza ... ?
Unazungumza ... ?Do you speak …? (m/f)
Does anyone here speak ...? Kuna mtu anayezungumza ... ?
Kuna mtu anayezungumza ... ?Does anyone here speak ...?
English ... kiingereza
... kiingerezaEnglish
French ... kifaransa
... kifaransaFrench
Could you write that down please. (m/f) Tafadhali niandikie hiyo chini.
Tafadhali niandikie hiyo chini.Could you write that down please. (m/f)
Could you please repeat that. (m/f) Tafadhali rudia tena.
Tafadhali rudia tena.Could you please repeat that. (m/f)
Just a moment please. Tafadhali subiri kidogo.
Tafadhali subiri kidogo.Just a moment please.

Numbers

 
one moja
mojaone
two mbili
mbilitwo
three tatu
tatuthree
four nne
nnefour
five tano
tanofive
six sita
sitasix
seven saba
sabaseven
eight nane
naneeight
nine tisa
tisanine
ten kumi
kumiten
eleven kumi na moja
kumi na mojaeleven
twelve kumi na mbili
kumi na mbilitwelve
thirteen kumi na tatu
kumi na tatuthirteen
fourteen kumi na nne
kumi na nnefourteen
fifteen kumi na tano
kumi na tanofifteen
sixteen kumi na sita
kumi na sitasixteen
seventeen kumi na saba
kumi na sabaseventeen
eighteen kumi na nane
kumi na naneeighteen
nineteen kumi na tisa
kumi na tisanineteen
twenty ishirini
ishirinitwenty
twenty-one ishirini na moja
ishirini na mojatwenty-one
thirty thelathini
thelathinithirty
forty arobaini
arobainiforty
fifty hamsini
hamsinififty
sixty sitini
sitinisixty
seventy sabini
sabiniseventy
eighty themanini
themaninieighty
ninety tisini
tisinininety
one hundred mia
miaone hundred
one thousand elfu
elfuone thousand
one million millioni
millionione million
some / a couple wawili
wawilisome / a couple