habariyako? how are you? (what's the news?)
— mzuri [sana] [very] good!
ni me furahi kukutana na wewe I'm pleased to meet you
ni me furahi I'm happy
habari asabuhi? good morning! (what's the news of the morning?)
lala salama good night! (sleep well)
ume lala salama? did you sleep well?
mambo! what's up?
— poa [sana] it's cool
asante thank you
asante sana thank you very much
karibu welcome! / you're welcome
karibu tena come back again
asante kwa kunifundisha kiswahili thanks for teaching me Swahili!
matatu a private minibus packed with far too many passengers travelling at dangerously high speeds, usually painted brightly with an exciting name like PIRATES or a Christian slogan
pondo milia zebra
masharubu beard (nickname for "male lion")
swala pala impala
swala Tommy Thomson's gazelle (with the black stripe)
swala Grant Grant's gazelle (no black stripe)
jinalangu ni Ping my name is Ping
wewe je? and you...?
jinalako? what's your name?
hi ni nini? what is this? (great for learning new words)
hi ni ... this is ...
mengi a lot
ndogo / kidogo a little
na and / with
chooni ni wapi [tafadhali]? where is the bathroom?
unatoka wapi? where are you from?
unaenda wapi? where are you going?
mimi naenda ... I'm going to ...
ngombe tano five cows
mia nne na tisini na sita four hundred ninety-six