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Shall we learn a few words in Swahili?

Shall we learn a few words in Swahili?

Swahili, also known as Kiswahili, is a Bantu language spoken by around 50 million people in East Africa. It is the official language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Comoros.

It was influenced by Arabic, Portuguese and English. It has a Latin alphabet with some additional letters. Spoken and written, it is used in official documents in sectors such as education and the media.

When we travel and as we’ve mentioned in other articles, it’s always good to know some of the expressions of the places we pass through.
So here are some tips for you to use when travelling with us to Swahili-speaking countries!

  • Jambo! – Hello!
  • Hakuna matata! -No problem!
  • Asante! – Thank you!
  • Karibu! – Welcome
  • Kwaheri! – Goodbye!
  • Maji! – Water
  • Chakula! – Food!

You’ll see that with just these few words you’ll be able to communicate better with local communities and people. Sometimes the use of “Jambo!” is enough to create smiles and stories!

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