The Diani Blue Swahili dictionary

English and Swahili are the official languages of Kenya though many other ethnic African languages are widely spoken. The term Swahili derives from the Arab word ‘sahel’, meaning coast, and is the lingua franca of East Africa.

Your visit to Diani Blue will be enhanced by the knowledge of a few words in Swahili, such as:

English Swahili
Hello Jambo
How are you habari
Welcome karibu
Goodbye kwaheri
Please tafadhali
Thank you asante
Yes ndio
No hapana
No problem hakuna matata
Today leo
Tomorrow kesho
Slowly pole pole
Where? wapi
Danger! Hatari
Help! Saidia
Trouble Taabu!
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