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Whether you're taking a trip to East Africa, or simply want to learn another language, watch this About.com video to learn some tips on basic Swahili phrases.See Transcript

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Transcript:Best Swahili Phrases for Travelers

Hi, my name is Eunice, and my name is Lusike and we're here for About.com to give you some useful Swahili phrases for your next trip to East Africa.

Greeting Phrases in Swahili

E: Habari?

L: Mazuri, labda yako?

E: Mazuri sana. When we greet each other we don't usually say 'Djambo'. That will make you sound like a tourist. So we usually say 'Habari' which is 'Hello' and 'How are you?' all in one word.

L: 'Mazuri' means 'I'm fine' and 'Labda yako?' means 'What about you?'

E: Jina lango ni Eunice. Jina lako ni nani?

L: Jina lango ni Lusike. Oo-natoka wabi?

E: O-natoka Nairobi. Unaongea kiingereza?

L: Ah-ah kidogo tu.

How to Say Your Name in Swahili

Eunice: To tell somebody your name you say: 'Jina lango ni (Eunice)'

Lusike: And to ask somebody their name you say 'Jina lako ni nani?'

How to Ask Someone Where They're From

Eunice: To say 'Where are you from?', you say 'Oo-natoka wapi?'

Lusike: The word 'Natoka' means 'I am from...'

Eunice: The word 'Unaongea' is used when asking if somebody speaks a language.

Lusike: 'Kidogo-tu' means 'Just a little bit.'

L: Unaongea kiswahili?

E: Kidogo tu. Unasemaje 'friend' kwa kiswahili?

'Friend' in Swahili

L: Rafiki

E: Sielewi.

L: Rafiki ina manisha 'friend'

E: 'Unasemaje' means 'How do you say?'

L: 'Rafiki' means 'friend'. Some of you must have heard this word from the movie 'The Lion King'

L: Tafadhali nisaidia.

E: Sema.

L: Kuna choo hapa karibu?

E: Ndiyo.

L: Ni mbali?

E: Hapana.

L: Ni wapi?

E: Pale.

L: Asante sana.

E: Karibu.

Polite Phrases in Swahili

L: The word 'Tafadhali' means 'Please'. Nisaidia means 'Help me.'

E: The word 'Sema' means 'Talk'.

L: To ask whether something is available you use the word 'kuna' followed by the place or thing that you are asking for.

E: The word 'Ndiyo' means 'Yes'.

L: The phrase 'Ni mbali' means 'Is it far?'

E: The word 'Hapana' means 'No'

L: The phrase 'Ni wapi?' means 'Where is it?'

E: The word 'Pale' means 'Over there'

E: 'Asante' means 'Thank you.'

L: 'Karibu' means 'You're welcome.'

L: And those are a few Swahili phrases, I hope they'll help you the next time you come to East Africa.Eunice: For more information, please visit About.com.

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