Swahili Most Popular Words

Welcome to our Swahili list of the most popular words and expressions. If you memorize the whole vocabulary below, you will be able to communicate with most people in Afrikaas without many issues. Make sure you add this list to your must read pages so that you don't forget the words.

Coffee Arrow kahawa

Milk Arrow maziwa

Breakfast Arrow Chemshakinywa

Lunch Arrow Chakula cha mchana

Dinner Arrow Chakula cha jioni

Bread Arrow mkate

Cheese Arrow jibini

Chicken Arrow kuku

Eggs Arrow mayai

Fish Arrow samaki

Food Arrow Vyakula

Fruit Arrow Matunda

Meat Arrow nyama

Sandwich Arrow sandwichi

Sugar Arrow sukari

Tea Arrow chai

Tomatoes Arrow Nyanya

Vegetables Arrow Mboga

Water Arrow maji

Belt Arrow mshipi

Clothes Arrow Nguo

Coat Arrow Koti

Dress Arrow Gauni

Glasses Arrow miwani

Gloves Arrow Kinga

Hat Arrow Kofia

Jacket Arrow Jaketi

Pants (Trousers) Arrow Suruali

Ring Arrow pete

Shirt Arrow Shati

Shoes Arrow viatu

Socks Arrow soksi

Suit Arrow Suti

Sweater Arrow fulana

Tie Arrow tai

Umbrella Arrow mwavuli

Underwear Arrow chupi

Wallet Arrow mkoba

Watch Arrow saa

Do you like my dress? Arrow Unapendezwa na gauni yangu?

Book Arrow Kitabu

Books Arrow Vitabu

Chair Arrow Kiti

Desk Arrow Meza

Dictionary Arrow Kamusi

Languages Arrow Lugha

Library Arrow Maktaba

Laptop Arrow Tarakilishi

Page Arrow Ukarasa

Paper Arrow Karatasi

Pen Arrow Kalamu

Question Arrow Swali

School Arrow Shule

Student Arrow mwanafunzi

Teacher Arrow mwalimu

University Arrow Chuo Kikuu

I have a question Arrow Nina swali

What's the name of that book? Arrow Hicho kitabu kinaitwaje?

Arm Arrow mkono

Back Arrow mgongo

Ear Arrow Sikio

Eye Arrow jicho

Face Arrow uso

Feet Arrow nyayo

Fingers Arrow vidole

Hair Arrow nywele

Hand Arrow mkono

Head Arrow kichwa

Heart Arrow moyo

Leg Arrow mguu

Mouth Arrow mdomo

Neck Arrow shingo

Nose Arrow pua

Teeth Arrow meno

She has beautiful eyes Arrow Ana macho ya kupendeza

Airplane Arrow Ndege

Airport Arrow uwanja wa ndege

Bus Arrow basi

Bus station Arrow kituo cha basi

Car Arrow gari

Flight Arrow ndege

Help Desk Arrow mahali pa kupata usaidizi

Hotel Arrow Hoteli

Passport Arrow cheti cha kusafiri

Taxi Arrow Teksi

Ticket Arrow tikiti

Tourism Arrow Utalii

Train (noun) Arrow Gari la moshi

Train station Arrow Kituo cha gari la moshi

By train Arrow Kwa treni

By car Arrow Kwa gari

By bus Arrow Kwa basi

By taxi Arrow Kwa teksi

By airplane Arrow Kwa ndege

Do you accept credit cards? Arrow Mnachukua kadi za ukopeshaji?

How much will it cost? Arrow Itakuwa pesa ngapi?

I have a reservation Arrow Nina Ahirisho

I'd like to rent a car Arrow Ningependa kukodesha gari

I'm here on business /on vacation. Arrow Niko hapa kwa biashara/kwa starehe

Is this seat taken? Arrow Je, kiti hiki kina mwenyewe?

Good luck! Arrow Bahati njema!

Happy birthday! Arrow Furahia siku ya kuzaliwa!

Happy new year! Arrow Heri ya mwaka mpya!

Merry Christmas! Arrow Heri njema ya Krismasi

Baby Arrow Mtoto mchanga

Boy Arrow Mvulana

Brother Arrow ndugu

Child (female) Arrow Mtoto (kike)

Child (male) Arrow Mtoto (kiume)

Cousin (female) Arrow Binti Amu

Cousin (male) Arrow Bin Amu

Daughter Arrow Binti

Father Arrow baba

Girl Arrow Msichana

Grandfather Arrow Babu

Grandmother Arrow Nyanya

Husband Arrow Mume

Man Arrow Mwanaume

Mother Arrow Mama

People Arrow Watu

Sister Arrow Dada

Son Arrow Mwana

Wife Arrow Mke

Woman Arrow mwanamke

How old is your sister? Arrow Dada yako ana umri gani?

What's your brother called? Arrow Kaka yako anaitwa nani?

Actor Arrow mwigizaji (kiume)

Actress Arrow mwigizaji (kike)

Artist Arrow Msanii

Businessman Arrow mfanyi biashara

Doctor Arrow Daktari

Nurse Arrow muuguzi

Policeman Arrow polisi

Singer Arrow muimbaji

Student Arrow Mwanafunzi

Teacher Arrow Mwalimu

Translator Arrow Mkalimani

He is a policeman Arrow yeye ni polisi

I'm an artist Arrow Mimi ni msanii

I'm looking for a job Arrow ninatafuta kazi

Days Arrow Siku

Monday Arrow Jumatatu

Tuesday Arrow Jumanne

Wednesday Arrow Jumatano

Thursday Arrow Alhamisi

Friday Arrow Ijumaa

Saturday Arrow Jumamosi

Sunday Arrow Jumapili

January Arrow Januari

February Arrow Februari

March Arrow Machi

April Arrow Aprili

May Arrow Mei

June Arrow Juni

July Arrow Julai

August Arrow Agosti

September Arrow Septemba

October Arrow Oktoba

November Arrow Novemba

December Arrow Desemba

Autumn Arrow majira ya kupukutika

Winter Arrow majira ya baridi

Spring Arrow majira ya kuchipua

Summer Arrow majira ya joto

Time Arrow wakati

Hour Arrow saa

Minute Arrow dakika

Second Arrow pili

I was born in July Arrow Nilizaliwa mwezi wa julai

I will visit you in August Arrow Nitakutembelea mwezi wa agosti

Cold Arrow Baridi

Hot Arrow Joto

Rain Arrow mvua

Snow Arrow theluji

Spring Arrow majira ya kuchipua

Summer Arrow majira ya joto

Sun Arrow Jua

Sunny Arrow Kuna jua

Warm Arrow Vuguvugu

Wind Arrow upepo

Windy Arrow Kuna upepo

Winter Arrow majira ya baridi

It is raining Arrow Kunanyesha

It is sunny Arrow Kuna jua

It is windy Arrow Kuna upepo

It's cold Arrow ni baridi

It's hot Arrow ni moto

Bed Arrow Kitanda

Bedroom Arrow Chumba

Computer Arrow Kompyuta

Door Arrow Mlango

Furniture Arrow Samani (pia fanicha)

House Arrow Nyumba

Kitchen Arrow Jikoni

Refrigerator Arrow Friji

Room Arrow chumba

Television Arrow Televisheni

Toilet Arrow Choo

Window Arrow Dirisha

Can you open the window? Arrow Unaweza kufungua dirisha?

I need to use the computer Arrow Nahitaji kutumia kompyuta

Arabic Arrow Kiarabu

Moroccan Arrow Moroko

Morocco Arrow Moroko

Chinese (language) Arrow Kichina

Chinese (nationality) Arrow Uchina

China Arrow Uchina

English Arrow Kiingereza

British Arrow Uingereza

Britain Arrow Uingereza

American Arrow Amerika

America Arrow Amerika

French (language) Arrow Kifaransa

French (nationality) Arrow Ufaransa

France Arrow Ufaransa

Italian (language) Arrow Kiitaliano

Italian (nationality) Arrow Uitaliano

Italy Arrow Italia

Japanese (language) Arrow Kijapani

Japanese (nationality) Arrow Ujapani

Japan Arrow Japani

Russian (language) Arrow Kirusi

Russian (nationality) Arrow Urusi

Russia Arrow Urusi

Spanish (language) Arrow Kihispania

Spanish (nationality) Arrow Uhispania

Spain Arrow Uhispania

I don't speak Korean Arrow sizungumuzi kikorea

I speak Italian Arrow Ninazungumuza kiitaliano

I want to go to Germany Arrow Nataka kwenda Ujerumani

I was born in Italy Arrow Nilizaliwa Italia

Black Arrow Nyeusi

Blue Arrow Samawati

Brown Arrow Hudhurungi

Colors Arrow Rangi

Green Arrow Kijani

Orange Arrow Chungwa

Red Arrow Nyekundu

White Arrow Nyeupe

Yellow Arrow Manjano

I have black hair Arrow Nina nywele nyeusi

Your cat is white Arrow Paka wako ni mweupe

Far Arrow Mbali

Here Arrow hapa

Left Arrow Kushoto

Right Arrow Kulia

Near Arrow karibu na

Straight Arrow Moja kwa moja

There Arrow kule

Can I help you? Arrow Nikusaidie vipi?/Naweza kukusaidia?

Can you help me? Arrow Unaweza kunisaidia?

Can you show me? Arrow Unaweza kunionyesha?

Come with me! Arrow Njoo nami!

I'm lost Arrow Nimepotea

I'm not from here Arrow Sitoki hapa

Turn left Arrow Enda kushoto

Turn right Arrow Enda kulia

Can you take less? Arrow Unaweza kupunguza?

Do you accept credit cards? Arrow Mnachukua kadi za ukopeshaji?

How much is this? Arrow Hii ni pesa ngapi?

I'm just looking Arrow Naangalia tu

Only cash please! Arrow Tafadhali, pesa taslimu peke yake

This is very expensive Arrow Hii ni bei ghali sana

I'm vegetarian Arrow Sili nyama

It is very delicious! Arrow Chakula hiki ni kitamu sana

May we have the check please? Arrow Tunaomba bili

The bill please! Arrow Tupe hesabu yetu tafadhali

Waiter / waitress! Arrow mhudumu

What do you recommend? (to eat) Arrow Unapendekeza tule wapi?

What's the name of this dish? Arrow Chakula hiki kinaitwa aje?

Menu Arrow Orodha ya chakula

Spoon Arrow kijiko

No problem! Arrow Hamna shida/Hakuna shida

Accident Arrow Ajali

Ambulance Arrow Gari la wagonjwa (pia ambulensi)

Doctor Arrow Daktari

Headache Arrow Kichwa kinauma

Heart attack Arrow Mshtuko wa moyo

Help me Arrow Nisaidia

Hospital Arrow Hospitali

Medicines Arrow Dawa

Pharmacy Arrow duka la dawa

Poison Arrow Sumu

Police Arrow Polisi

Stomach ache Arrow Utumbo inauma

Are you okay? Arrow Uko poa?

Call a doctor! Arrow Ita Daktari!

Call the ambulance! Arrow Ita gari la wagonjwa

Call the police! Arrow Ita polisi!

Calm down! Arrow Tulia!

I feel sick Arrow Nasikia mgonjwa

It hurts here Arrow Inaumwa hapa

It's urgent! Arrow ni dharura!

Stop! Arrow Acha!

Thief! Arrow Mwizi!

Animal Arrow Mnyama

Cat Arrow Paka

Dog Arrow Mbwa

Horse Arrow Farasi

Do you have any animals? Arrow Una wanyama wowote?

I have a dog Arrow Mimi nina mbwa

Small Arrow Udogo

Big Arrow Ukubwa

Tall Arrow Urefu

Short Arrow Ufupi

Cheap Arrow rahisi

Expensive Arrow ghali

Good Arrow nzuri, mzuri

Bad Arrow baya, mbaya

Wrong Arrow makosa

Right (correct) Arrow sahihi

New Arrow Mpya

Old (opposite of new) Arrow Nzee (kinyume cha mpya)

Young Arrow Ujana

Old (opposite of young) Arrow Mzee (kinyume cha ujana)

Difficult Arrow Ngumu

Easy Arrow rahisi

This is too expensive Arrow Hiyo ni ghali sana

Am I right or wrong? Arrow Niko sahihi au nimekosa?

Here Arrow hapa

There Arrow kule

Quickly Arrow Haraka/Harakaharaka

Really Arrow kweli

Slowly Arrow Polepole

Always Arrow kawaida

Never Arrow Kamwe

Sometimes Arrow mara kwa mara

Next week Arrow wiki ijayo

Now Arrow Sasa

Soon Arrow hivi karibuni

Today Arrow Leo

Tomorrow Arrow Kesho

Tonight Arrow Usiku huu

Yesterday Arrow Jana

Do you like it here? Arrow Unapapenda hapa?

See you later! Arrow tuonane baadaye

Thank you very much! Arrow ahsante sana

Woman Arrow Mwanamke

Women Arrow Wanawake

Man Arrow Mwanaume

Men Arrow Wanaume

Boy Arrow Mvulana

Boys Arrow Wavulana

Girl Arrow Msichana

Girls Arrow Wasichana

Country Arrow nchi

Countries Arrow Mataifa

We speak two languages Arrow tunaongea lugha mbili

Cat Arrow Paka

Dog Arrow Mbwa

Woman Arrow Mwanamke

Women Arrow Wanawake

Mother Arrow mama

Sister Arrow dada

I have a dog Arrow Mimi nina mbwa

I speak Italian Arrow Ninazungumuza kiitaliano

A French teacher is here Arrow Mwalimu wa Kifaransa yupo hapa

The French teacher is here Arrow Mwalimu wa Kifaransa yupo hapa

Some languages are hard Arrow Baadhi ya lugha ni ngumu

Many languages are easy Arrow Lugha nyingi ni rahisi

The student speaks Korean Arrow Mwanafunzi anazungumuza Kikorea

A student speaks Korean Arrow Mwanafunzi anazungumuza Kikorea

Some students speak Korean Arrow Baadhi ya wanafunzi wanazungumuza Kikorea

In front of Arrow mbele ya

Behind Arrow nyuma ya

Before Arrow kabla ya

After Arrow baada ya

Inside Arrow ndani ya

With Arrow na

Without Arrow bila

Outside Arrow nje ya

On top of Arrow juu ya

Under Arrow chini ya

And Arrow Na

Between Arrow kati kati ya

But Arrow Lakini

For Arrow kwa

From Arrow kutoka

In Arrow ndani ya

Near Arrow Karibu

Or Arrow Ama

Can I practice Italian with you? Arrow Naweza kufanya mazoezi ya Kiitalia nawe?

I speak French but with an accent Arrow Ninazungumza Kifaransa ila na lafudhi

Boy Arrow mvulana

Girl Arrow msichana

Man Arrow mwanamme

Woman Arrow Mwanamke

Father Arrow Baba

Mother Arrow Mama

Brother Arrow Kaka

Sister Arrow Dada

Cat (Masc.) Arrow paka (kiume)

Cat (Fem.) Arrow paka (kike)

He is tall Arrow yeye ni mrefu

She is tall Arrow yeye ni mrefu

He is a short man Arrow yeye ni mwanaume mfupi

She is a short woman Arrow yeye ni mwanamke mfupi

One Arrow Moja

Two Arrow Mbili

Three Arrow Tatu

Four Arrow Nne

Five Arrow Tano

Six Arrow Sita

Seven Arrow Saba

Eight Arrow Nane

Nine Arrow Tisa

Ten Arrow Kumi

I Arrow Mimi

You Arrow Wewe

He Arrow Yeye

She Arrow Yeye

We Arrow Sisi

You (plural) Arrow Nyinyi

They Arrow Wao

I love you Arrow Ninakupenda

Me Arrow Mimi

You Arrow Wewe

Him Arrow Yeye

Her Arrow Yeye

Us Arrow Sisi

You (plural) Arrow Nyinyi (wingi)

Them Arrow Wao

Give me your phone number Arrow Nipe nambari yako ya simu

I can give you my email Arrow Ninaweza kukupa barua pepe yangu

My Arrow yangu

Your Arrow yako

His Arrow yake

Her Arrow yake

Our Arrow yetu

Your (plural) Arrow yako (wingi)

Their Arrow yao

His email is … Arrow barua pepe yake ni...

My phone number is … Arrow nambari yangu ya simu ni...

How? Arrow Vipi?

What? Arrow Nini?

When? Arrow Lini?

Where? Arrow Wapi?

Who? Arrow Nani?

Why? Arrow Kwa nini?

Can I help you? Arrow Nikusaidie vipi?/Naweza kukusaidia?

Can you help me? Arrow Unaweza kunisaidia?

Do you speak English? Arrow Unazungumza Kiingereza?

How much is this? Arrow Hii ni pesa ngapi?

What is your name? Arrow Jina lako ni nani?

What time is it? Arrow Ni saa ngapi?

When can we meet? Arrow Tunaweza kukutana wapi?

Where do you live? Arrow Unaishi wapi?

Who is knocking at the door? Arrow Nani anagonga mlangoni?

Why is it expensive? Arrow Mbona ni ghali?

No Arrow Hapana

Nothing Arrow Hakuna kitu

Not yet Arrow Bado

No one Arrow Hakuna mtu

No longer Arrow Hakuna tena

Never Arrow kamwe

Cannot Arrow Haiwezi

Should not Arrow Haipaswi

Don't worry! Arrow Usijali!

I cannot remember the word Arrow Siwezi kumbuka neno hili

I do not speak Japanese Arrow Sizungumuzi Kijapani

I don't know! Arrow Sijui

I'm not fluent in Italian yet Arrow Bado sina ufasaha kwenye Kiitaliano

No one here speaks Greek Arrow Hakuna mtu hapa anaongea kigiriki

No problem! Arrow Hamna shida/Hakuna shida

To drive Arrow Kuendesha

To drive Arrow Kuendesha

To give Arrow Kupa

To have Arrow Kuwa na

To know Arrow Kujua

To understand Arrow Kuelewa

To work Arrow Kufanya kazi

To write Arrow Kuandika

He understands me Arrow Ananielewa

He understood me Arrow Alinielewa

He will understand me Arrow Atanielewa

I see you Arrow Nakuona

He reads a book Arrow Asome kitabu

He understands me Arrow Ananielewa

She has a cat Arrow Ana paka

She knows my friend Arrow Anajua rafiki yangu

We want to learn Arrow Tunataka kujifunza

We think Spanish is easy Arrow Tunafikiri Kispania ni raisi

They drive a car Arrow Waendeshe gari

They smile Arrow Wanatabasamu

I saw you Arrow Nilikuona

I wrote with a pen Arrow Niliandika na kalamu

You loved apples Arrow Ulipenda matofaa

You gave money Arrow Ulipeana pesa

You played tennis Arrow Ulicheza tenisi

He understood me Arrow Alinielewa

She had a cat Arrow Alikuwa na paka

She knew my friend Arrow Alijua rafiki yangu

We wanted to learn Arrow Tulitaka kujifunza

They smiled Arrow Walitabasamu

I will see you Arrow Nitakuona

I will write with a pen Arrow Nitaandika na kalamu

He will read a book Arrow Atasoma kitabu

He will understand me Arrow Atanielewa

We will think about you Arrow Tutakufikiria

Go! Arrow Enda!

Stop! Arrow Acha!

Don't Go! Arrow Usiende!

Stay! Arrow Kaa!

Come here! Arrow Njoo hapa!

Be quiet! Arrow Nyamaza! (kimya!)

Go straight Arrow Enda moja kwa moja

Wait! Arrow Ngoja!

Let's go! Arrow Twende!

Sit down! Arrow Kaa chini!

Good Arrow Njema

Better Arrow bora

Best Arrow bora zaidi

Bad Arrow mbaya

Worse Arrow mbaya sana

Worst Arrow mbaya zaidi

Taller Arrow warefu

Shorter Arrow wafupi

Younger Arrow Wadogo

Older Arrow Mkubwa

As tall as Arrow Mrefu kama

Taller than Arrow Mrefu kuliko

Shorter than Arrow Mfupi kuliko

More beautiful Arrow Mzuri zaidi, nzuri zaidi

Less beautiful Arrow Mzuri kiasi, Nzuri kiasi

Most beautiful Arrow Mzuri sana, nzuri sana

Happy Arrow furaha

Happier Arrow Furaha sana

Happiest Arrow Furaha zaidi

You are happy Arrow Umefurahi

You are as happy as Maya Arrow Umefurahi kama Maya

You are happier than Maya Arrow Umefurahi kuliko Maya

You are the happiest Arrow Umefurahi zaidi

Hi! Arrow Shikamo!

Good morning! Arrow Habari za asabuhi!

Good afternoon! Arrow Habari za mchana!

Good evening! Arrow Habari za jioni!

How are you? (polite) Arrow Wambaje?

How are you? (friendly) Arrow Habari yako?

What's up? (colloquial) Arrow Vipi?

I'm fine, thank you! Arrow Niko vyema, shukran

And you? (polite) Arrow labda wewe

And you? (friendly) Arrow Na wewe Je?

Good Arrow nzuri, mzuri

Do you speak English? Arrow Unazungumza Kiingereza?

Just a little Arrow Kidogo tu

What's your name? Arrow Jina lako ni nani?

My name is (John Doe) Arrow Jina langu ni (John Doe)

Mr.../ Mrs. .../ Miss... Arrow Bw../Bi../Binti...

Nice to meet you! Arrow Vizuri kukutana nawe!

You're very kind! Arrow Wewe ni mkarimu sana

Where are you from? Arrow Unatoka wapi?

I'm from the U.S Arrow Nintoka Marekani

I'm American Arrow Mimi ni Mmarekani

Where do you live? Arrow Unaishi wapi?

I live in the U.S Arrow Ninaishi Marekani

Do you like it here? Arrow Unapapenda hapa?

How old are you? Arrow Una miaka mingapi?

I'm (twenty, thirty...) Years old Arrow Nina miaka (ishirini, thelathini...)

Are you married? Arrow Umeolewa?

Do you have children? Arrow Una watoto?

I have to go Arrow Ni lazima niende

I will be right back! Arrow Nakuja!

Nice to meet you! Arrow Vizuri kukutana nawe!

Can I practice Italian with you? Arrow Naweza kufanya mazoezi ya Kiitalia nawe?

My French is bad Arrow Kifaransa changu ni kibaya

I need to practice my French Arrow Nahitaji kufanya mazoezi ya Kifaransa changu

Would you like to go for a walk? Arrow Ungependa kwenda kutembea?

Can I have your phone number? Arrow Naweza kupata nambari yako ya simu?

Can I have your email? Arrow Naweza kupata barua pepe yako?

Are you married? Arrow Umeolewa?

I'm single Arrow Miko peke

Are you free tomorrow evening? Arrow Uko huru kesho jioni?

I would like to invite you for dinner Arrow Ningependa kukualika kwa chakula cha jioni

Where do you live? Arrow Unaishi wapi?

When can we meet? Arrow Tunaweza kukutana wapi?

Do you like it? Arrow Unaipenda?

I really like it! Arrow Naipenda sana!

I love you Arrow Ninakupenda

Would you marry me? Arrow Ungeweza kuolewa nami?


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