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  • Hello: jambo/ hujambo/ salama
  • How are you?: habari gani
  • Fine (response): nzuri
  • Goodbye: kwa heri/ kwa herini (more than one peson)
  • See you later: tutaonana
  • Nice to meet you: nafurahi kukuona
  • Goodnight: lala salama
  • Yes: ndiyo
  • No: hapana
  • Thank you: asante
  • Thank you very much: asante sana
  • Please: tafadhali
  • OK: sawa
  • Excuse me: samahani
  • You’re welcome: starehe
  • Can you help me?: tafadhali, naomba msaada
  • What is your name?: jina lako nani?
  • My name is: jina langu ni
  • Where are you from?: unatoka wapi?
  • I’m from: natokea
  • May I take a picture?: naomba kupiga picha
  • Do you speak English?: unasema kiingereza?
  • Do you speak Swahili?: unasema Kiswahili?
  • Just a little bit: kidogo tu
  • How do you say… in Swahili?: unasemaje… kwa kiswahili
  • I don’t understand: sielewi
  • Friend: rafiki
  • Where is the…?: ni wapi…?
  • Airport: uwanja wa ndege
  • Bus station: stesheni ya basi
  • Bus stop: bas stendi
  • Taxi stand: stendi ya teksi
  • Train Station: stesheni ya treni
  • Bank: benki
  • Market: soko
  • Police station: kituo cha polisi
  • Post office: posta
  • Tourist Office: ofisi ya watali
  • Toilet/ bathroom: choo
  • What time is the… leaving?: inaondoka saa… ngapi?
  • Bus: basi
  • Minibus:  dalla (Tanzania)
  • Plane: ndege
  • Train: treni/gari la moshi
  • Is there a bus going to…?: kuna basi ya…?
  • I’d like to buy a ticket: nataka kununua tikiti
  • Is it near: ni karibu?
  • Is it far: ni mbali?
  • There: huko
  • Over there: pale
  • Ticket: tikiti
  • Where are you going?: unakwenda wapi?
  • How much is the fare?: nauli ni kiasi gani?
  • Hotel: hoteli
  • Room: chumba
  • Reservation: akiba
  • Are there any vacancies for tonight?: mna nafasi leo usiko? (Kenya: iko nafasi leo usiku?)
  • No vacancies: hamna nafasi. (Kenya: hakuna nafasi)
  • How much is it per night?: ni bei gani kwa usiku?
  • Today: leo
  • Tomorrow: kesho
  • Yesterday: jana
  • Now: sasa
  • Later: baadaye
  • Every day: kila siku
  • Monday: Jumatatu
  • Tuesday: Jumanne
  • Wednesday: Jumatano
  • Thursday: Alhamisi
  • Friday: Ljumaa
  • Saturday: Jumamosi
  • Sunday: Jumapili
  • 1: moja
  • 2: mbili
  • 3: tatu
  • 4: nne
  • 5: tano
  • 6: sita
  • 7: saba
  • 8: nane
  • 9: tisa
  • 10: kumi
  • 11: kumi na moja (ten and one)
  • 12: kumi na mbili (ten and two)
  • 20: ishirini
  • 21: ishirni na moja (twenty and one)
  • 30: thelathini
  • 40: arobaini
  • 50: hamsini
  • 60: sitini
  • 70: sabini
  • 80: themanini
  • 90: tisini
  • 100: mia
  • 200: mia mbili
  • 1000: elfu
  • 100,000: laki
  • I’d like: nataka
  • Food: chakula
  • Hot/cold: ya moto/baridi
  • Water: maji
  • Hot water: maji ya moto
  • Drinking water: maji ya kunywa
  • Soda: soda
  • Milk: maziwa
  • Meat: nyama
  • Chicken: nyama kuku
  • Fish: sumaki
  • Beef: nyama ng’ombe
  • Fruit: matunda
  • Vegetables: mboga
  • Where can I find a…?: naweza kupata… wapi?
  • Doctor: daktari/mganga
  • Hospital: hospitali
  • Medical center: matibabu
  • I’m sick: mimi ni mgonjwa
  • I need a doctor: nataka kuona daktari
  • It hurts here: naumwa hapa
  • Fever: homa
  • Malaria: melaria
  • Mosquito net: chandalua
  • Headache: umwa kichwa
  • Diarrhoea: harisha/endesha
  • Vomiting: tapika
  • Medicine: dawa
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