Is Swahili a UN language

The most important words for a trip to Tanzania

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But it's unlikely that you speak Swahili well enough to be able to express yourself perfectly. Even if you have learned a few words at the end, it will not be enough for a conversation in this language. Since your counterpart will probably speak no German either, English is the only solution to a conversation.

National language Swahili

Swahili is the official language of Tanzania amid hundreds of spoken languages ​​and dialects. You may not be aware of this, but you certainly know a word or two of Swahili. A "safari" is definitely on the plan for your trip through Tanzania. You guessed it: the word "safari" is Swahili, it means "travel".

"Hakuna Matata", which you probably know from the cartoon film The Lion King, means "There are no problems". "Hakuna Matata" and "Pole Pole" (slowly) seem to be the country's motto: you can hear them on every street corner. You will quickly find that it is relatively easy to memorize a few of the most widely used words in the Bantu languages. And even if you only say hello in the official language to start a conversation, your counterpart will be very happy about this effort! English is sufficient for everything else.

Alternatives

Even if you provide the vocabulary list at the end of the article with the most important words for a stay in Tanzania, this will hardly be enough for a conversation. And it's also unlikely that you will run into a Tanzanian who speaks German. You shouldn't expect that. And since you are equally unlikely to speak any of the 125 native languages, you'd better brush up on your English.

The Shakespeare language is understood throughout the national territory. Everyone involved in tourism and a large majority of the population speak fluent English. Of course, the accent differs a bit from the British one, but it is easy to understand and you will get along with it very quickly. If you haven't spoken English in a long time, you should practice a little before you travel. Because English will be your only means of communication in Tanzania to get in touch with the population.

Basic idioms / common expressions

GermanSwahili
Good day good eveningJambo
How are you?Habari Gani?
Good thanks and you?Vizuri sana na wewe
I understand / I don't understandNina fahamu / Sina fahamu
sorryPole
Good-byeKwaheri
Good daycaribou
Many ThanksAsante sana
Excuse me pleaseSamahani
My name is...Ninaitwa
no thanksHapana asante
Yes NoNdiyo / Hapana
Here you goTafadhali / shika

Trade / Buy

GermanSwahili
How much does it cost?At gani?
That is a good priceAt nafuu
It is too expensiveGhali sana
Can you bring the price down?Unaweza kupunguza at
I would like to buy thisNinataka nunua
I like it / I don't like itNinapenda / Sina penda
moneyPesa
Just browsing.Ninatazama do

Mode of Transport

GermanSwahili
I want to go to ...Ninataka enda
planeNdege
boatMashua
trainTreni
taxitaxi
busBasi
I want to rent a ...Ninataka kodi
motorcyclePikipiki
automobileGari
bicycleBaiskeli

Directions

GermanSwahili
Where is ...? / How do I get to / to ...?Wapi? / Vipi enda?
BankBenki
railway stationStesheni
City centerKatikati ya mji
hotelHoteli
hospitalHospitali
Is it far?Ni caribou? / Ni mbali?
straightMoja kwa moja
Left RightKushoto / Kulia
North South West Eastnorth / sud / ovest / est

numbers

GermanSwahili
one two three four five six seven eight nine tenmoja, mbili, tatu, nne, tano, sita, saba, nane, tisa, kumi
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtyishirini, thelathini, arobaini, hamsini, sitini
seventy, eighty, ninetysabini, themathini, tisini
Hundredmia

Times / date and days

GermanSwahili
What time is it?Wakati gani?
When?Lini?
YesterdayJana
Today (tomorrow / noon / evening)Leo (asubuhi / mchana / jioni)
tomorrowKecho
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday SundayJumatatu, jumanne, jumatano, alhamisi, ijumaa, jumamosi, jumapili
I'm on vacation hereNinalikizoni / safarini
I am here to workNinakazikwa

To table!

GermanSwahili
I'm hungry / I'm thirstyNina njaa / nina kiu
Good AppetiteKufurahia mlo wako
Bottom up!Maisha marefu!
It was great!Ladha!
What do you recommend?Nini ushauri?
I'm vegetarianNina mboga
Not sharp! (I don't like it spicy)Viungo bila!
It is too hot!Moto sana!
I have an allergynon c'è un corrispondente
seafoodDagaa
peanutsKaranga
glutennon c'è un corrispondente
I take / I would like to haveNinataka
waterMaji
Tea / coffeeChaï / kahawa
Beer WineBia / mvinyo
The Bill pleaseAidha tafadhali

Health / Emergency / Safety

GermanSwahili
I have to see a doctorNinahaja ona daktari
Call a doctor / ambulanceIta daktari
Where is the hospital?Hospitali wapi?
I do not feel goodSina sana
I am in pain hereUnaniuma
Where are the restrooms?Jisaidia wapi?
Help!Nipateni!
policePolisi
dangerHatari
I've lost my wayNinapotea

Other

GermanSwahili
Good day !Siku nzuri!
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Updated October 8, 2018
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