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GREETINGS AND COMMON DIALOGUE

Click on an underlined word to hear its pronunciation.



GREETINGS


Between peers:


"Habari!" and the greeted answers, "Nzuri!"


"Hujambo?" (Are you fine?) and the greeted answers, "Sijambo!" (I'm fine!)



Young to older:


"Shikamoo!" (originally, it meant "I touch your feet" as a sign of respect) and the greeted answers, "Marahabaa!" (I acknowledge your respect!).




PERSONAL PRONOUNS


I……………………………Mimi


We………………………...Sisi


You (singular)………...Wewe


You (plural)…………….nyinyi


He/She.......................Yeye


They……………………….Wao


 


COMMON DIALOGUE


Habari! (Hello!/Hi!)


Nzuri! (Good!/Fine!)


Ninaitwa Charles. Wewe unaitwaje? (My name is Charles. What's your name?)


Ninaitwa Mary. Nimefurahi kukujua. (My name is Mary. I'm pleased to know you.)


Unazungumza Kiswahili? (Do you speak Swahili?)


Ndio! Ninazungumza Kiswahili. (Yes! I speak Swahili.)


Kidogo tu! (Just a little bit!)


Hapana! Sizungumzi Kiswahili. Ninazungumza Kiingereza tu! (No! I don't speak Swahili. I only speak English!)


Ninatokea Marekani. Wewe unatokea wapi? (I'm from the United States of America. Where are you from?)


Ninatokea Japani. Nipo hapa kwa matembezi. (I'm from Japan. I'm visiting here.)

 

Ninatokea Uingereza. Nipo hapa kwa kazi. (I'm from U.K. I'm here on business.)


Ninatokea Ujerumani. Nimekuja kujifunza Kiswahili. (I'm from Germany. I've come to learn Swahili.)


Kwaheri! Nimefurahi kukutana na wewe. (Goodbye! I'm pleased to meet you.)


Karibu! Nimefurahi pia kukutana na wewe. (Goodbye! I'm also pleased to meet you.)


Utapenda kunywa nini? (What would you like to drink?)


Nitakunywa maji tu. Nina kiu sana! (I'll just drink water. I'm very thirsty.)


Nitakunywa kahawa bila maziwa. (I'll drink coffee without milk.)


Nitakunywa chai na maziwa na sukari kidogo. (I'll drink tea with milk and little sugar.)


Nitakunywa soda. CocaCola, tafadhali. (I'll drink soda. CocaCola, please.)


Tafadhali niletee chakula moto haraka. Nina njaa sana! (Please bring me some hot food quickly. I'm very hungry!)


Huu hapa wali, samaki, mbatata, na saladi. Nitakuletea keki baadaye. (Here is rice, fish, potatoes, and salad. I'll bring you cake later.)


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