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Language

Kiswahili is Tanzania’s national language and is spoken throughout the country, however most people speak their own tribal language as well. In Kagera, Kihaya is the main tribal language with in addition languages of minority tribes. The ability to grasp a few words in the local dialect when visiting Kagera is much appreciated by the community. English is taught as a subject in primary school, but is the medium of instruction from Secondary education upwards.

Common greetings - Salamu za kawaida

Good morning/ afternoon/ evening/ night Habari ya asubuhi/ mchana/ jioni/ usiku
A respectful greeting to elders, actually meaning "I hold your feet" Shikamoo
Their reply: "I am delighted" Marahaba
How are you? Habari yako?
I am fine Nzuri / Sijambo
How are things? Mambo?
Good / cool / cool & crazy Safi / poa / poa kichizi
See you later  Tutaonana baadaye
Welcome! (Welcome again!) Karibu! (Karibu tena!)
Goodbye Kwaheri

On the move - Kwenye mwendo

Where can I get a taxi? Teksi iko wapi?
Where is the bus station? Stendi ya basi iko wapi?
When will we arrive? Tutafika lini?
Can you show me the bus? Unaweza ukanioyesha basi?
How much is the ticket? Tiketi ni bei gani?
Is it safe walking here at night? Ni salama kutembea hapa usiku?

Facing the touts - Kuwaona wasumbufu

Sorry, I don't have time Samahani, sina muda
I don't want to buy anything Sitaki kununua chochote
I have already booked a safari Tayari nimeisha lipia safari
I don't have money Sina hela
I'm not single Nina mchumba / siko peke yangu
Could you please leave me alone? Tafadhali, achana na mimi

About yourself - Kuhusu wewe mwenyewe

Where do you come from? Unatokea wapi?
I come from Norway Mimi ninatokea Norway
How old are you? Una miaka mingapi?
I am 25 years old Nina miaka 25 (ishirini na tano)
What is your name? Jina lako nani?
My name is Rene Lugemalila Jina langu ni Rene Lugemalila
How long have you been here? Una muda gani hapa?
I've been here 1 day / week / month Nina siku / wiki / mwezi 1 (mmoja)
What is your profession? Fani yako ni nini?
I am a student Mimi ni mwanafunzi
I am working in a hospital Ninafanya kazi hospitali

How much, did you say? - Umesema bei gani?

1 One moja
2 Two mbili
3 Three tatu
4 Four nne
5 Five tano
6 Six sita
7 Seven saba
8 Eight nane
9 Nine tisa
10 Ten kumi
100 One hundred mia mmoja
1,000 One thousand elfu mmoja
10,000 Ten thousand elfu kumi
100,000 laki mmoja
1,000,000 milioni mmoja