In our first lesson, of the Swahili beginner's Guide, we are going to the simple ways on how to greet people in Swahili. These are just a couple of simple Swahili greetings and responses we would like to start. Because, you cant start a conversation without greeting someone. Also there is a short summary one minute video down below from our EasySwahili YouTube channel.
Please, note that the responses to the greetings can be repeated to respond to different greetings. So lets get going.
|Greeting in English||Greeting in Swahili|
|Hello or Hi||Habari, Jambo, Hujambo|
|Hello ( to older person)||Sikamoo|
|How are you||Hujambo, Habari yako|
|Good Morning||Habari ya Asubuhi|
|Good Afternoon||Habari ya Mchana|
|Good Evening||Habari ya Jioni|
|Good Evening||Usiku Mwema|
|How is your day?||Habari Ya leo|
|Have a nice day||Nakutakia Siku Njema|
|Sleep Well||Lala Salama|
|Seen you again||Tuonane Tena|
|Nice to meet you||Nafurahi kukuona|
|Have a Nice trip||Safari Njema|
Now lets take look on the response available in Swahili. We need to know to reply to the greetings we have learned. The certain responses can be repeated such as with different greetings but such as replies like Sijambo is only specific to Hujambo.
|Greeting in Swahili||Response in Swahili||Response in English|
|Sikamoo||Marahabaa||Hello (response from older person)|
|Habari ya Asubuhi,Habari ya Mchana, Habari Jioni||Nzuri||Nice|
|Hujambo||Sijambo||I am fine|
|Habari ya leo||Iko Sawa||It is Okay|
|Lala Salama||Asante||Thank you|
|Nafurahi kukuona||Hata mimi||Even me|
|Karibu||Asante Sana||Thank you very much|
|Kwaheri||Tuonane Tena||Seen you Again|
That is all for the first Swahili lesson. Just watch the summary video and if would like to know about Swahili in Tanzania , please visit the World Travel directory.