Vipi? – how?
Nini? – what?
Vipi unatamka? – How do you pronounce this?
Nifasirie hii, tafadhali? – Can you translate this for me?
Sifahamu – I don’t understand
Nafahamu – I understand
Note that most Swahili words are pronounced phonetically. One word above that might give you pause is ‘hii’; which is pronounced hee-ee. Give these words and phrases some practice before our next lesson. If you haven’t planned your trip yet, give us a call and we’ll work with you to customize a safari to Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania, so you can get some real-world practice!
Photos by Gretchen Healey