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Tanzania Local Phrases - Overlanding Africa.com
It is a good idea to learn a few Tanzania local phrases – OverlandingAfrica.com has a few tips to help you learn how to talk to Tanzanian locals you may meet on your travels.
As one of the official languages, Swahili is widely spoken by many Tanzanians. Knowing a few easy to learn Swahili phrases will see you in good stead on your travels.
Greetings are very simple, and usually start with ‘Jambo!’ which means ‘hello’.
Handshakes are then given, and your new friend will ask after your health, work, travels and family – you will then ask after his family and health.
Other useful phrases include ‘Tafadhali nipatie...’ which means ‘Can I please have.. ‘, and ‘Tafadhali’ which means ‘please’, ‘Unajua kizungu?’ which means ‘Do you speak English’ and ‘Pole’, which is pronounced ‘polly’ and means ‘sorry’.
Some other phrases to learn include the Maa (Maasai) phrases such as ‘Ashe!’ which means ‘Thank you!’, ‘Lo murrani! Supa!’ when greeting a man, and ‘Na kitok! Takuengya!’ when greeting a woman. ‘Sere!’ is also important, and means ‘goodbye’.
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