Swahili-English dictionary

Swahili 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).

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  • A PDF File for download

Key Points

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

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Swahili dictionary

This Swahili dictionary contains the 5000 most used words in Swahili which are essential for day to day communication. Along with the meaning of the word, the dictionary will also provide usage examples.

nyumba
house
bohari
warehouse
kiambo
household
kila nyumba
each house
nyumba hii
this house
nyumba ile
that house
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About Swahili

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.
Hii ni meza.
This is a table.
Huyu ni paka.
This is a cat.
Hii ni nyumba.
This is a house.
Basic words and phrases in Swahili
Habari za jioni!
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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!

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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!

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