Swahili Phrases

The Swahili 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: hi  Audio
What is your name?: jina lako ni nani?  Audio
Nice to meet you: nafurahi kukutana na wewe  Audio
How are you?: habari gani?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: nzuri  Audio
And you?: labda wewe?  Audio

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Swahili)?: je, unafahamu kizungu, kiswahili?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: yeye huelewa kichina?  Audio
A little bit: kidogo tu  Audio
How old are you?: una miaka mingapi?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: mimi nina umri wa miaka thelathini na tatu  Audio
It was nice talking to you: nimefurahi kuzungumza na wewe  Audio

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

What do you mean?: una maanisha nini?  Audio
I don't understand: sielewi  Audio
I don't know: sijui  Audio
Sorry: pole  Audio
What is that called in Swahili?: kile kinaitwaje kwa kiswahili  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: nini maana ya neno hili kwa kiingereza?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: unatoka nchi gani?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: mimi ninatoka amerika  Audio
I'm American: mimi ni mmarekani  Audio
Where do you live?: unaishi wapi?  Audio
I live in the U.S: ninaishi amerika  Audio
What do you do for a living?: unafanya kazi gani?  Audio
I'm a student: mimi ni mwanafunzi  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: je, ninaweza kukusaidia?  Audio
Can you help me?: je, unaweza kunisaidia?  Audio
Where is the airport?: wapi uwanja wa ndege?  Audio
Go straight: kwenda moja kwa moja  Audio
Then: basi  Audio
Turn left: upande wa kushoto  Audio
Turn right: upande wa kulia  Audio


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Good wishes in Swahili in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: furaha ya kuzaliwa  Audio
Happy new year: heri ya mwaka mpya  Audio
Merry Christmas: krismasi njema  Audio
Good luck: nakutakia kila la heri  Audio
Congratulations: hongera  Audio

Swahili expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: nina reservation  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: je,vyumba vinapatikana?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: ningependa chumba yasiyo ya sigara  Audio
How much it costs per night?: nini ni malipo kwa usiku mmoja?  Audio
Waiter: waiter  Audio
How much is this?: ni kiasi gani hii?  Audio
What is this?: nini hii?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: uko sawa?  Audio
I need a doctor: ninahitaji daktari  Audio
Help: msaada  Audio
Call the ambulance: wito ambulansi  Audio
Call the police: piga simu kwa polisi  Audio
I am sick: mimi ni mgonjwa  Audio

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

Swahili Vocabulary

Swahili 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 Swahili phrases.