habari = how are you?

 

habari zako = how are you?

 

habari za asubuhi? = how are you this morning?

 

habari za mchana?= how are you this afternoon?

 

habari za jioni? = how are you this evening? (before nightfall)

 

habari za usiku? = how are you tonight? (when it's really dark)

 

 

 

responses:

 

nzuri = good

 

salama = peaceful

 

 

 

mambo = what's up?

 responses:

 safi/poa/fresh/salama

 

 jambo = hello! (casual), response = sijambo

hujambo? = are you well?response: sijambo, asante = I am well, thank you

shikamoo = hello (formal, to an elder)  the response to which is: Marahaba 

 

   

 

dada = sister/young lady (habari yako dada? = how are you sister?)

 kaka = brother/young man (hujambo kaka? = are you well, brother?)

 

 nafurahi kuku ona = i'm happy to meet you


karibu = welcome  (karibuni = welcome to more than one person)

 

asante = thank you (asanteni = thank you to more than one person)

 

pole = sorry (poleni = sorry, to more than one person)

 

samahani = sorry

 

sana = very/a lot (karibu sana , asante sana , pole sana )

kidogo = a little

 

mafunzo = lessons

nina soma =  I'm learnin/I am reading

 

nime toka .. = i'm coming from...

 

nchi = country

kijiji = village

mji = town

 

nime choka = i'm tired

niko macho = I am awake (slang)

sawa = ok

 

 

 

ji na lako nani? = what is your name

ji na langu ni deborah = my name is deborah

 Alternative:

Unaitwa nani? = what are you called/named?

ninaitwa deborah = I am called deborah

 

una umri gani = how old are you?

 

kwaheri = good bye

tuta onana baadaye = see you later

baadaye = later

tuta onana kesho = see you tomorrow

safari njema = have a good trip

 

nimeshiba = i'm full

 

maji = water

 

wewe ni mpenzi wangu = you are my love

 

samahani, naomba kuku piga picha? = excuse me, can i take your picture?

 

tafadhali naomba maji = please can I have some water

 

lala = sleep

 

usiku mwema = sweet dreams

 

chakula = food

 

chakula kitamu = tasty food

 

chakula kitamu, nimeshiba, asante = the food was good, i am full, thanks.

 

nina taka ... = i need

ninaomba... = I would like to request...

 

safi kabisa = very well/perfect

 

ni mzuri sana = is very beautiful

 

ni takukosa = i will miss you

 

ndizi = banana

 

tuta onana mwaka ujao = we will see each other next year