Swahili Lesson in Mid – Air

By Tracy G., CE Adviser in Africa

It is Friday April 2, 2010 at 5:15pm. I am on the plane to Nairobi with about 4 hours left to go. Outside the window is this amazing view of the Sahara Desert. It seems to go on forever even at 37,000ft. How long would it seem if you were stranded there? Just thinking about it made me push the flight attendant button to ask for water.

I am sitting next to a young man who is from Nairobi, but has been schooling in London. He helped me learn some Swahili. I had all the intentions to memorize phrases and such before I left, but it didn’t happen.

Jambo — hello
Jina langu ni Tracy — My name is Tracy
Jina yako ni ?? — what is your name?
Asante Sana — thank you very much
Nina sikianja — I’m hungry
Wewe ni mrembo — you are pretty
tafadhali — please
bafu iko wapi — where is the bathroom?
pesa ngapi — how much?
Habari Yako — How are you?
Mzuri Sana — very good
kwaheri — bye
lala salama — sleep well
benki iko wapi — where is the bank?
kulia — right
kushoto — left
pole — sorry (excuse me)

Once you get the hang of the pronuciations, it seems pretty easy.

Enter your name and email to get new posts by email!

“Best of the Blogs” - Abroad101.com
“Top Study Abroad Blogs” - GoOverseas.com
“Blog of the Week” - GoAbroad.com
“Top 10 Study Abroad Blogs You Should Be Reading” - The Study Abroad Blog
"The Best Meaningful Travel Articles of 2016"-GoAbroad.com
  • We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you have provided. Please check out our privacy policy.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Speak Your Mind

*

Pinterest

[fts_pinterest pinterest_name=apiabroad type=boards_list]

Twitter

Jul 30, 2021 @ 16:16
API is hiring! If you’re interested in joining our API family, check out the link below to apply today!
#ispyapi #apiabroad #nowhiring
https://t.co/YbcOyQlA5L https://t.co/yAxMjDIeLl
APIabroad photo
Jul 28, 2021 @ 12:15
Our API London students living a fairytale at Leeds castle!

#ispyapi #apiabroad

📷 by @api_london https://t.co/6swqszwCvH
APIabroad photo
Jul 27, 2021 @ 11:49
✈️ Today's #TravelTuesday is brought to you by UWL student Emily Link who studied abroad with API in Ireland! Head over to API's Instagram to check it out!

#studyabroad #uwl #explore #travel #learn #grow #wanderlust #ispyapi #APIabroad @apiabroad

https://t.co/VhSHJedGCf https://t.co/mEogTp6U3S
APIabroad photo
Jul 21, 2021 @ 13:12
If it weren’t for the masks, you would think this picture was taken years ago…
Our customized spanportumass group has just arrived, and they’ve just met their host families! We couldn’t be happier to host such a great group in Salamanca!!
📷 by @api_salamanca
#ispyapi #apiabroad https://t.co/9zuhtFfyao
APIabroad photo
The API Abroad Blog