Names of food in Swahili
Food is a big part of our life. We eat food everyday to stay healthy and active . So our lesson toady is going to be on the names of foods, also fruits and vegetables,and drinks. Then on the second part of the lesson we will learn how to order food or drinks in a Swahili speaking restaurant. First, let's learn some vocabulary!
|Beef||Nyama ya Ngombe|
|Roasted meat||Nyama choma|
|Lamb||Nyama ya Kondoo|
|Pork||Nyama ya Nguruwe|
|Rice ( uncooked )||Mchele|
|Rice ( Cooked )||Wali|
|Drink ( noun )||Kinywaji|
|Drink ( verb )||Kunywa|
|Drinking water||Maji ya Kunywa|
|Maji ya Maembe||Mango Juice|
|Maji ya Mananasi||Pineapple Juice|
|Tea with Milk||Chai ya Maziwa|
Notice that if you would like to say Orange juice or Mango juice, it is not jusi ya machungwa or jusi ya maembe. It is maji ya machungwa and maji yo maembe. Even though jusi ya ... means juice of ... We will learn the names of the fruits after drinks. So don't worry if you don't know any fruit in Swahili.
|Bean (s)||(ma) haragwe|
It is good to remember to the plural form of the different because usually have to the same plural suffix ma but in other cases the fruit or vegetable might share the same name in both plural and Singular forms. in Swahili Some of the fruits in Swahili are borrowed from English so you might see a resemblance between the two names.
How to order food in Swahili
At the moment you arrive a the restaurant you will have to greet your waiter. You could say "Habari", "Habari yako" or you can say "habari ya ... " then add the time of the day in Swahili to complete the greeting.
Getting a table
After the waiter has replied to you or you have replied to you, you would like to get a table. So you could basically say: "napenda meza" ( I would like a table ). You could also say: " Tafadhali unaweza kunitafute meza " ( Please, could you find me ). If you are with your friends and family and you are trying to get a table, you can use a similar sentence but with a bit of alteration. An example of a sentence would be "Tafadhali unaweza kututafute meza ya watu wa tatu ( Please, could you find us a table for three people ) . Change the number (tatu-three) with the number of people with you. Notice that instead of saying kunitafute it is kututafute. The difference in the ni and tu changes the sentence form "me" to "us"
Ordering food and drinks
When ordering you food and drinks, simple terms you say " Tafadhali, nipe ... " ( Please, give me... ) or you could say " niletee..." ( bring me...). It is up to you.
Getting the bill
The bill in Swahili is just Bili . So when trying to get your bill you could use the same Swahili sentence of ordering food or you could go ahead and say " Nataku bili yangu" (I would like my bill). If you would like to know the amount you spent right away, then you say " Ni pesa ngap?" ( much is it? ) . The waiter will reply different ways but he says shilling then the word after is amount. Go back to the numbers lesson to understand the Swahili numbers .Then after you pay, you say a warm good-bye such as, "Tuonane tena". If you do not know what means, please go to our first lesson to find the meaning.
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