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Useful Phrases in Swahili

Swahili is a truly beautiful language. It still is the lingua franca of East Africa. Swahili can be heard from Somalia to Malawi, and contains many Arabic words, - reflecting the early Arab influence in the development of Kenya. Swahili developed into Kiswahili after independance and was adopted as the national language of Kenya.

Other languages used often in Kenya include Kikuyu...(Nairobi and environs), Luo...(North of Nairobi around Lake Victoria), Wakamba...(South of Nairobi) and Giriama...(Coastal Region)
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Jambo means 'Hello' as everyone knows and 'Karibuni' means Welcome. I have listed a few words and some useful phrases below. I'll add to them as inspiration comes, Remember Swahili is spelt phonetically -(pronounce it as it spells) With the right delivery, Swahili is far more descriptive and precise than English. Watching and listening to an animated discussion in Swahili perhaps around a camp-fire, is a truly illuminating experience. Time is expressed slightly differently in Kenya, I think it conforms to the Middle Eastern format. The first hour of the day is seven AM. In Swahili, one is MOJA, and to say it is seven 'o clock in the morning you would say 'Saa Moja ya Asubuhi'.I have listed the numbers from one to twelve below. Asubhui means morning and Usiku means night. Thus 'Saa moja ya Usiku' means the first hour at night or 7pm. Similarly the days of the week start with Friday. This is known as IJUMAA. Saturday is Jumamosi - Mosi is the tense of Moja (one) when used here, and means one day after Friday. Sunday is Jumapili - two days after, and goes on Jumatatu(3) (Monday), Jumaene(4) (Tuesday), Jumatano(5) (Wednesday) and Thursday is Alhamisi.
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Bar and Restaurant
A lot, plenty......nyingi
Another/more......ingine
Beer......pombe
Bread......mkate
Butter......siagi
Coffee......kahawa
Eggs......Mayai
Enough......Basi/Inatosha
Fish......samaki
Food......chakula
Fruit(s)......tunda(matunda)
Ice/cold......barafu/baridi
Meat......nyama
Milk......maziwa
Onion......kitunguu
Potatoes......viazi
Rice......mchele
Cooked rice......wali
Salt......chumvi
Small/Large......Kidogo/Kubwa
Sugar......sukari
Sweets(choclates etc)......peremende
Sweet......tamu
Tea......chai
Vegetables......mboga
Warm,hot,fire......moto
Water......maji.
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Everyday Words
Post Office......Posta
Bank......Benki
Hotel......Hoteli
Freedom......Uhuru
Progress......Maendeleo
Teacher......Mwalimu
Garden/farm......Bustani/shamba
Where?......Wapi
Why?......Kwa nini?
When......Lini?
How......Vipi
What time is it......Saa ngapi?
Now......Sasa
Minute......Dakika
Morning......Asubuhi
Evening......Jioni
Afternoon......Alasiri
Today......Leo
Yesterday......Jana
Tomorrow......Kesho
Time(hour)......Saa
Night......Usiku
Day......Siku
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General
How are you?......Habari
Good, fine/very well......Mzuri
One to Ten... Moja, Pili, Tatu, Ene, Tano, Sita, Saba, Nane, Tisa, Kumi. Eleven to Twenty...Kumi na moja, Kumi na pili, Kumi na tatu, Kumi na ene, Kumi na tano, Kumi na sita, Kumi na saba, Kumi na nane, Kumi na tisa, Ishirini(20),Thelathini(30),Arobaini(40),Hamsini(50), Sitini(60), Sabaini(70) Themanini(80), Tisini(90), Mia(100).
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Shopping
How much?......Bei gani?
Expensive(very)......Khali(sana)
Shillings......shillingi
Please give me discount......Tafadhali nipunguzie
Shop......Duka
Money......Pesa
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Game Animals
Safari Ant.....siafu
Leopard/s......Chui
Rhinoceros......Kifaru/Vifaru
Buffalo......Nyati
Lion......Simba
Elephant......Ndovu(Tembo)
Cheetah......Duma
Baboon......Nyani
Ape/Chimpanzee......Sokwe
Zebra......Punda Milia
Giraffe......Twiga
Impala......Swala
Hyena......Fisi
Warthog......Ngiri
Boar......Nguruwe Mwitu
Hippopotomus......Kiboko
Everyday Phrases
May I have......Tafadhali nipe.
I want......Ninataka
Come with me......Twende
Where do you come from.....Unatoka wapi
Please sit down......Tafadahli keti chini
Come here please......Njoo hapa tafadhali
Help! Fire! Thief!......Saidia! Moto! Mwizi(Mwivi)
Call a policeman......Mwite polisi
Has my luggage been brought down?......Mizio yangu imeteremshwa chini?
I am lost......Nimepotea
Stop here......Simama hapa
Wait here......Ngoja hapa
Please show me the way......Nionyesha njia tafadhali

Haste makes waste......Haraka haraka haina baraka!!!.


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The KenyaC oast

The Kenya Coast must be one of the most beutiful in the World. Despite the tourism the beaches appear deserted because they are so big, and nearly all are sand.(In UK we have pebble beaches!) Locally the Coast is divided into two, North of Mombasa and South of Mombasa - North Coast and South Coast.

Starting at the far North, we have Lamu, an island just off the coast, where tourists can visit or stay at Peponi's, Ras Kitau, or Mahrus Hotels, or Petleys Inn on the northern coast. Travellers will find no shortage of places to pitch a tent.
Travelling South from Lamu the next main Tourist Centre is Malindi. Malindi was the first Trading Centre in East Africa, due mainly to its long gradually-sloping beaches, which made it easy to load the trading Dhows from Goa, India and the Gulf of Arabia. The beaches also provide great Surf.

Malindi is not very big, but the architecture is strongly Arab influenced, and the population mainly Muslim, with beautiful Mosques dotted all over.
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There are many Hotels in Malindi,most of them 5 star, and all right on the beach.Amongst others are The Sinbad and The Eden Roc. Deep Sea Fishing, especially for Marlin, Sailfish, and the big sharks (Mako and Hammerhead) is greatoff-shore, and can be organised with the Malindi Deep Sea Fishing Club, or through the Hotels. Well worth a try if you like fishing.

About 20 minutes walk South of Malindi is the Silver Sands Camping Site, which is very comfortable and serves food.

Next place down the Coast is Turtle Bay, but before that you MUST visit Gedi Ruins, the most magical of places. I don't know who built the original settlement, but it is very old, pre-dating the Arabs, and the atmosphere I can only equate to bieng in a Cathedral. Huge lliana-clad trees dwarf the ruins and make the whole area dark and mysterious.

Turtle Bay, so-called because of the turtle-shaped coral island in the bay (home to a huge Rock-Cod or Grouper) has 3 Hotels Hemingways, Turtle Bay and Seafarers. Turtle Bay is a bit more quiet than Malindi, but offers superb Snorkling and Diving. When the South Monsoon is blowing there can be lots of seaweed on the white beach, but the Hotels rake it up, although they can't do much about the weed in the sea.
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Map of Kenya Coast showing some Hotels

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Golf

There are many golf courses in Kenya as you might expect, most of them welcome daily members and almost all of them are extrememly picturesque. (There is even 9 holes virtually in Nairobi City Centre at the Railway Club). I have only detailed one club below - one of the top - or you could try a company that specialises in golfing holidays, run by Tob Cohen, Tob's Golf Safaris have a Web site at
Tobsgolf@form-net.com
Windsor Golf and Country Club

(from their brochure)
Located only fifteen minutes from downtown Nairobi the club has been created in luxurious Victorian style, with a sweep of cottages, studio suites and superior double rooms embracing an elegant baronial complex of reception rooms, lounges, restaurants, golf club and health club. This is one of the few places in East Africa from which, on a bright day, it is possible to see the snowcapped peaks of Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa's two highest mountains. The distant Ngong Hills (which bodered the farm of the early settler Karen Blixen on the outskirts of Nairobi), and the Abedare Range also contribute to the spectacular panorama presented by the clubs superb location. Designed to international standard but maintaining the singular flavour of it's exotic locale, Windsor's eighteen-hole course is challenging and unique. Several island greens provide an exercise in precision play; approach an intimidating 14th hole over a cliff and water; and measure your strength against Windsor's 5th, at 640 yards one of the longest in Africa. A temperate East African climate makes it possible to spend a comfortable day on the links at all times of the year, morning afternoon or evening. BACK
Accomodation
The room, studio suite and cottage mix of accomodation has been designed to offer the widest possible choice of lodging to club visitors. For sophisticated travellers who wish to use the club as their safari holiday base in East Africa.. or for visitors planning simply to relax in a spectacular highland setting... there is an ideal choice for everyone.
I should just add that the greens and fairways are really excellent and I will never forget the sight of 200 local women coming up the 5th, towards us, on their hands and knees, .....weeding the fairway. - that explains why they are so beautiful. The 14th is really unforgetable, I will try and get a 'photo of it, words fail me.




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