Swahili-English dictionary

Swahili learner's Dictionary!

A great companion for Swahili language learners, from beginner to intermediate level. Includes the most commonly used words in Swahili today. The PDF files can be copied for viewing on your smartphone or your iPad (using the iBooks app).

Learn a language • Speaking in 2 to 4 weeks!


Excellent - 232 Reviews

Learn a language • Speaking in 2 to 4 weeks!

Included in the course

  • A PDF File for download

Key Points

  • Includes the most important words in Swahili
  • Swahili-English and English-Swahili
  • Essential vocabulary marked in bold


Just $4.90


Try it nowTell me more

Free Swahili lesson

Swahili personal pronouns (he)

The Swahili language does not differentiate between 'he' and 'she'. Swahili has only the word 'yeye' which means both 'he' and 'she'.

Swahili personal pronouns

he says
he writes
he falls
he starts
he laughs
he plays

3 / 35

See another Swahili lesson here

Free Swahili lessons

About Swahili

Swahili is a lingua franca of much of East Africa, spoken by upwards of 40 million people. About one third of the vocabulary comes from Arabic. It is spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, Congo and Uganda. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Swahili would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

Basic words and phrases in Swahili

Get by in Swahili with these basic Swahili words & phrases.

Huyu ni mbwa.
This is a dog.
Hiki ni kiti.
This is a chair.
Huyu ni farasi.
This is a horse.
Hii ni nyumba.
This is a house.
Hili ni dirisha.
This is a window.
Hiki ni kitabu.
This is a book.
Speak! Swahili

Speak! Swahili

Learn Swahili now. You'll begin with simple Swahili phrases and day to day vocabulary and advance at your own pace... seeing, listening and responding in Swahili. Fun to use and also fun to learn!

Add to cartTell me more

On the Road! Swahili

Make the most of your trip to work by learning Swahili words and phrases on the way. You'll learn hundreds of words & phrases in a very short time. The voice is in both Swahili and English. Just listen, absorb and enjoy!

Add to cartTell me more

We're there to help.

Customer care is at the heart of our business. Whatever questions you may have, we'll always be there to help.

Committed to quality.

We strive to make this site error free in 18 languages. If you find an error, simply hit the ✓ symbol and we'll update the site... and send you something for free as well.

Dedicated to your success.

We've been helping people learn languages for more than 15 years. You'll be amazed how quickly you'll learn to get by in Swahili with courses from LinguaShop.

We use cookies to improve your experience on our site.

Learn more

Got it!