Basic Swahili words for beginners

Basic Swahili words for beginners

– Essential words to know –

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Learn the essentials of Swahili easily with this vocabulary list that contains all the most basic words used in Swahili, with their english translations. If you’re a beginner, it will come in handy to review or learn Swahili by yourself before traveling, or if you want to enrich and improve your Swahili vocabulary to better express yourself in writing and speaking!

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ENGLISH SWAHILI
Please Tafadhali
Thank you! Asante!
Sorry!  Samahani! 
What? Kile?
Who? Ambao?
When? Wakati?
Why? Sababu?
Which? Ambayo?
How? Jinsi?
Where ? Ambapo?
How much ? Kiasi gani?
Yes Ndiyo
No  La 
Maybe Labda
Of course Bila shaka
something Kitu
nothing Kitu
somebody Mtu
nobody Hakuna
before Kabla
after Baada
far Mbali
near Karibu
here Hapa
there Huko
today Leo
tomoorow kesho
now Sasa
man Mtu
woman Mwanamke
friend Rafiki
more Zaidi
less Chini
always Daima
later Baadaye
never Kamwe
same Sawa
different Tofauti
small Ndogo
large Kubwa
difficult Vigumu
easy Rahisi
hot Moto
cold Baridi
yesterday Jana
after Baada
beautiful Nzuri
broken Kuvunjwa
free Bure
a pharmacy duka la dawa
money Fedha
a bag mfuko
a lighter nyepesi
a cigarette sigara
a bottle chupa
soap Sabuni
clean Safi
dirty Chafu
a trash can kopo la takataka
a trash bag mfuko wa takataka
the silence Ukimya
a tool chombo
pregnant Wajawazito
sick Wagonjwa
a baby mtoto
a little bit Kidogo tu
a doctor daktari
a dentist daktari wa meno
a medicine dawa
a book kitabu
a story hadithi
a phone simu
a computer kompyuta
a car gari
a plane ndege
the name jina
the adress Adress
the age umri
the nationality Utaifa
a choice uchaguzi
an answer Jibu
the key Ufunguo
the light Nuru
the television Televisheni
the bed kitanda
the house Nyumba
the shower Kuoga
the window dirisha
the door Mlango
the table Jedwali
tired Uchovu
water Maji
open Fungua
closed Imefungwa
clothes Nguo
coffee Kahawa
tea Chai
lunch chakula cha mchana
dinner chakula cha jioni
a fruit tunda
a vegetable mboga
a beverage kinywaji
a child mtoto
rain Mvua
the entrance mlango wa kuingilia
the exit Kutoka
music Muziki
a smile tabasamu
the world Ulimwengu
the sky Anga
a river mto
the sea Bahari
the mountain Mlima
the lake ziwa
the island Kisiwa
the beach Pwani

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