Maasai Phrases

The Maasai phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: Olee (adult) Layeni(young boy)
What is your name?: Kekijiaa erkana
Nice to meet you: Sidai kinotote
How are you?: Supai (younger than 18) supai papa (adult male) Takwenya (adult women)
I'm good, thanks: Eepa, asher (both young male,female and adult male) Eekuo (adult female)
And you?: Supai siye?.... Takwenya siye?

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Maasai)?: Ero e ngutuk e maa?
Does she speak Chinese?: Keidim airoro Chinnese
A little bit: Ee penyo
How old are you?: Eyata eye elarin aja?
I'm 33 years old: Aata E larin osom o kuni
It was nice talking to you: sidai pe kiro oye.

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: Kanyio ejoito
I don't understand: Mayelo enijoito
I don't know: Mayelo
Sorry: Tapalikieki
What is that called in Maasai?: Kejaa eda tengutuk enyi
What does that word mean in English?: kanyoo eji nija te kingeresa?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: Kai eye epukunye
I'm from the U.S: A pukunye nanu U.S
I'm American: American na manya nanu
Where do you live?: Kai nakimanya
I live in the U.S: U.S namanya nanu
What do you do for a living?: kanyo eye eyasita ana esiai?
I'm a student: Akaisomita

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: Aamonu paretoki?
Can you help me?: Kekidim ateretoki?
Where is the airport?: Kai etii engiwanja endeke?
Go straight: shomo endoriori ema inoitoi
Then: ore
Turn left: Homo kedianye
Turn right: Homo tetene


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Good wishes in Maasai in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday:
Happy new year:
Merry Christmas:
Good luck: Tumunyana
Congratulations: Tumunyana

Maasai expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: Aibung'a
Do you have rooms available?: Eyata engaji nilo?
I would like a non-smoking room: Ayewu engaji nemesugari osigara
How much it costs per night?: Kanjoo italakishoi tengewarie nabo?
Waiter: Alanyunoni
How much is this?: Kempesai aja ena?
What is this?: Kanyoo ena?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: Era bioto/Era supat
I need a doctor: Aye Oldakitarie
Help: Ereto
Call the ambulance:
Call the police: Epotopolice
I am sick: Akamuei

These Maasai phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Maasai Vocabulary and Maasai Grammar, you might want to visit our Maasai Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Maasai Vocabulary

Maasai Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Maasai phrases.