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KISWAHILI ZANZIBAR
Swahili Language:
Swahili is a typical trade language; you will find a mixture of Arab, Bantu and English words in it. The pronunciation is phonetic, that makes it easier to speak. Many words have just been taken from another language and have been given a Swahili sound to it. For example Dereva meaning Driver, Gari meaning Car, Manispa meaning Municipal etc. There are not so many irregularities in the language but if anybody tells you that Swahili is an easy language DO NOT BELIEVE IT!! There are many ways to say the same thing and a word can have many meanings.

If you want to study Swahili you can do so on Zanzibar at the Taasisi School for Languages, the official name is SUZA but here everybody still calls it Taasisi. You can hire a private teacher or you can do a course.

A good website to help you is the Kamusi Project http://www.yale.edu/swahili/ with a dictionary and a learning guide.

If you just want to be able to communicate a little bit than these following words may help you:
Greeting Greetings
in Africa are very important and should not be rushed.
The Tourist way to greet is Jambo but it is not good Swahili.
The proper way to greet is:
Hujambo answer Sijambo (it means do you have any problems and the answer is I don't have any problems) For more people the question is Hamjambo and the answer should be Hatujambo.
Then the long questions start:
How is your morning/afternoon/evening? Habari za Asubuhi/Jioni/Usiku How is your day? Habari za Leo How is your trip? Habari ya safari?
How is home? Habari ya nyumbani?
And so on and so on. (family, land, health, children, business, work etc.)
Habari means what is the news of..and the answer is "Nzuri" (Good). If things are particularly good, then the answer might be "Nzuri sana" (Very good).
So remember Habari za....Nzuri!
The formal greeting is Shikamoo to one person and the answer should be Marahaba. It is very impolite not to answer a Shikamoo. To a group you will say Shikamoni, the answer is Marahaba.
The "Cool"way of greeting is also very important:
Mambo? / Mambo vipi? Means Hey, what's up!
You can answer in three different ways: 1. Poa! (cool) 2. Freshi! (fresh) 3. Bomba! (fantastic)
Some other important words:
Asante (sana) - Thanks (very much), plural is Asanteni
Karibu - You are welcome, plural is Karibuni
Kwaheri - Bye, plural is Kwaherini
Lala salama - Goodnight
Pole Pole - Take it Easy
Hakuna Matata - No problems
Nakupenda - I love you?
Sikupendi - I don't love you.
Ninapenda (or Napenda) - I like it
Sipendi - I don't like it
Ninataka (or nataka)- I want
Sitaki - I don't want
Inroducing yourself
The Easiest way is:
Mimi ni Peter, na wewe? I am Peter and you? A nicer way is:
Gina lako Nani? What is your name?
Gina langu ni Peter? My name is Peter.
Unatoka wapi? Where do you come from?
Ninatoka ulaya. I come from Europe.
Ordering a drink
There are different ways of ordering:
1.Naomba coke moja (tafadhali) I am asking for a coke (please)
3.Lete chai rangi - bring black tea.
Nataka kulipa - I want to pay
Bei gani? - How much is it?
To get the waiters attention say: Samahani (excuse me)
Buying things
Bei Gani? What is the price? Elfu tatu - three thousand

English

Swahili

Hello

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Jambo

How are you?

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Habari?

Welcome/Come closer

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Karibu

(very) Fine

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Nzuri (sana)

Thanks (very much)

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Ahsante (sana)

Please

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Tafadhali

Mister/Sir

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Bwana

Mrs/Ma'am

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Mama

Good-bye

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Kwaheri

 
 
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