GREETINGS IN KENYA

SEASON 1 EPISODE 3

We’re almost rounding up with Kenya guys… Just checking out common greetings today so you don’t get lost when/if you meet a Kenyan.

MAJOR LANGUAGES IN KENYA

Kenya is also ethnically diverse and is made up of about 40 main ethnic groups. Being a multilingual country the two official languages are Swahili and English which are recognized by law.

There are other major regional languages in the country with two of the most widely spoken being Kikuyu and Luhya languages. Just to give you a little understanding of what the language looks like incase you meet a Kenyan

Swahili

Swahili is one of the major languages used in Kenya. Swahili is a Bantu language which is categorized under the Niger-Congo language family. There are numerous dialects of Swahili language which exist along the Kenyan coast. The Swahili language is incorporated into the Kenyan education system and is a mandatory subject taught up to high school level of education.

Greetings

  • Hello = jambo/ hujambo/ ​salama
  • How are you? = habari gani
  • Fine (response) = nzuri
  • Goodbye = kwa heri/ kwa herini (more than one peson)
  • See you later = tutaonana
  • Nice to meet you = nafurahi kukuona
  • Goodnight = lala salama
  • Yes = ndiyo
  • No = hapana
  • Thank you = asante
  • Please = tafadhali
  • Okay= Sawa

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