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Discover Swahili - An African Language

Short introduction to the Swahili

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Hey there! Have you ever been curious about African languages? Well, you're in for a treat because today we're diving into the beautiful world of Swahili! Also known as Kiswahili, it's a Bantu language widely spoken across Eastern and Central Africa, including countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Swahili is recognised as the official language in four African countries. These countries are Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. By learning Swahili, you are equipping yourself with a valuable tool that can enhance your travel experiences, facilitate business and trade, or even support your academic pursuits. It shows that you have taken the time to invest in understanding the local customs and traditions, which greatly enhances your credibility and chances of success. If you've ever dreamt of exploring the stunning landscapes of Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda, then learning a few essential Swahili phrases can enhance your experience and help you connect with the locals. So, let's get ready to discover the magic of Swahili and equip ourselves with the perfect greetings to make our interactions even more special!

The importance of knowing how to present yourself in swahili

Knowing how to present yourself in Swahili is incredibly important for several reasons. Firstly, Swahili is theintroduce most widely spoken language in Africa, making it a valuable skill for both personal and professional interactions. Being able to introduce yourself confidently in Swahili not only shows respect for the local culture but also opens doors to forming meaningful connections with Swahili speakers. Additionally, presenting yourself effectively in Swahili can enhance your travel experiences, allowing you to navigate through Swahili-speaking countries smoothly and making your interactions more enjoyable. So, whether you are learning Swahili for business or pleasure, mastering the art of self-presentation in this beautiful language will undoubtedly enrich your experiences and broaden your horizons.

Basic expression

an african american lady smiling and saying: Hi everybody in Swahili: Habari Zenu

Hello !

In Swahili: Jambo/Habari

Hi everybody!

In Swahili: Habari zenu?

How are you?

In Swahili : Vipi hali yako?

How are you doing?

In Swahili : Unaendeleaje?

I'm fine.

In Swahili : Sijambo.

No, I'm not well.

In Swahili: Siko vizuri.


In Swahili: Karibu

What's your name?

In Swahili: Unaitwa nani?

My name is Hanipher.

In Swahili: Ninaitwa Hanipher. Do you speak Swahili?

In Swahili: Unaongea Kiswahili?/Unazungumza kiswahili ?

a afro american lady saying No, I don't speak swahili in swahili.

Yes, I speak Swahili.

In Swahili: Ndio, ninaongea Kiswahili. / Ndio, ninazungumza Kiswahili

No, I don't speak Swahili.

In Swahili: Hapana, siongei Kiswahili. / Hapana, sizungumzi Kiswahili

Ok, thanks a lot.

In Swahili: Sawa, asante sana.


In Swahili: Tafadhali

Where have you been?

In Swahili: Ulikuwa wapi? I was in Kisangani.

In Swahili: Nilikuwa Kisangani. Where are you from?

In Swahili : Unatokea wapi? I'm from Nairobi.

In swahili: Ninatokea Nairobi Where do you live?

In swahili: Unaishi wapi? I live in Arusha.

In Swahili: Ninaishi Arusha

Goodbye !

In Swahili: Kwaheri See you soon !

In Swahili: Tutaonana karibuni

Watch the video below to hear the pronunciation:

So there you have it! Learning how to greet someone in Swahili is a fantastic way to connect with the vibrant culture of East Africa. With the help of LCS School's Swahili lessons, you can confidently say "Jambo!" or "Habari ..?" to greet your Swahili-speaking friends, coworkers, or even strangers you encounter on your travels. Whether you're planning a trip to Kenya, Tanzania, DRC or simply want to expand your linguistic horizons, Swahili is a language that will open doors and create meaningful connections. So embrace the spirit of "karibu" (welcome) and embark on your Swahili language journey with LCS School today!

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More vocabulary in Swahili:

Red: Nyekundu

Green: Kijani 

Yellow: Manjano

Blue: Buluu

Purple: Zambarau

Orange : Machungwa

Grey: Kijivu

Black: Nyeusi

White: Nyeupe

Brown: Kahawia

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