Swahili for Rafiki

Posted March 24, 2009 from Kenya

Jambo Rafiki,

I have thought that will be good for me share a few swahili words since most of us will be receiving our letters from Rafiki in Kenya and will want to reply.

Swahili is the national Language in Kenya while english is the official language. Together with these two other vernacular or Mother tongues are derived from the 52 different tribes in Kenya. In Africa, swahili is spoken widely in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda,zambia, Democratic republic of Congo, Mozambique rwanda Burundi, parts of Somali amongst other regions in Africa.

In our letter ( Barua) writing program there are a number of words that we could use may be in greetings, to know places, to know colours, time, days of the week etc. which you can share with your Friend ( Rafiki)

Before that Note that Swahili words are composed of a repeat of Consonant and vowel to make verbs, nouns and all articles of grammer. The Pronounciation follows those of English. There is no much difference. So it is as simple as Ra-fi-ki.

To start with, Let share some greeting words you may use in your Letter.

Hujambo? -How are you (to one person) Bwana - Sir/ Mr/ gentleman Sijambo - I am fine Bibi - lady/ Mrs/ ( said to married woman) casually you can address a married/elderly woman as Mama Bi - Miss/Ms (said to an unmarried woman) casually you can address an unmarried woman as Dada Mama - Mother Dada - Sister Kwaheri- Bye Tafadhali- Please Asante- Thank you Ninakupenda - I love you

I hope that you can enjoy using a few swahili words in your letter. In case of any questions, may a swahili word that your Rafiki used and you don't undestand the meaning, or an English word you wish to translate to Swahili, dont hesitate to ask for help.

I will share some more swahili words in the near future

Ninawapenda ( I love you all)


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Mar 24, 2009
Mar 24, 2009

I am so excited about receiving a letter from my rafiki and just want to thank you for this incredible opportunity to connect with a friend. It is an honor to be a part of this program. Thank you for all your hard work and giving us all a chance to make new friends in beautiful Kenya.

Mar 24, 2009
Mar 24, 2009

Hi Lin!Did you see my message on Fb?Have a good rest then!