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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)
nzuri = good
salama = peaceful
mambo = what's up?
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
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 tomorrowsafari 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