Swahili Vocabulary

Swahili Vocabulary

If you're trying to learn Swahili Vocabulary which is also called Kiswahili, check our courses about vocabulary and expressions... to help you with your Swahili grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Swahili. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Swahili Vocabulary

Learning the Swahili Vocabulary is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Swahili language. But first we need to know what the role of Vocabulary is in the structure of the grammar in Swahili.

Swahili vocabulary is the set of words you should be familiar with. A vocabulary usually grows and evolves with age, and serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge. Here are some examples:

English VocabularySwahili Vocabulary
VocabularyMsamiati
CountriesNchi
AustraliaAustralia
CambodiaCambodia
CanadaCanada
ChinaUchina
EgyptMisri
EnglandUingereza
FranceUfaransa
GermanyUjerumani
Greeceugiriki
IndiaBara Hindi
IndonesiaIndonesia
ItalyItalia
JapanJapan
MexicoMexico
MoroccoMorocco
PeruPeru
SpainHispania
ThailandThailand
USAMerikani
LanguagesLugha
ArabicKiarabu
ChineseKichina
EnglishKiingereza
FrenchKifaransa
GermanKijerumani
GreekKigiriki
HebrewKiyahudi
HindiKihindi
ItalianKiitaliano
JapaneseKijapani
KoreanKikorea
LatinKilatini
RussianKiurusi
SpanishKihispania
UrduKiurdu
DaysSiku
MondayJumatatu
TuesdayJumanne
WednesdayJumatano
ThursdayAlhamisi
FridayIjumaa
SaturdayJumamosi
SundayJumapili
timewakati
hoursaa
minutedakika
secondpili

List of Vocabulary in Swahili

Below is a list of the vocabulary and expressions in Swahili placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Swahili vocabulary.

English VocabularySwahili Vocabulary
Vocabulary
colorsrangi
blackNyeusi
bluebluu
brownhudhurungi
graykijivu
greenKijani Kibichi
orangeChungwa
purplezambarau
rednyekundu
whitenyeupe
yellowmanjano
sizesKimo/Vimo
bigUkubwa
deepkina kirefu
longurefu
narrowWembamba
shortUfupi
smallUdogo
tallUrefu
thickUnene
thinWembamba
wideupana
tastesladha
bitterChungu
freshupya
saltychumvi
sourchacha
spicychenye viungo
sweettamu
qualitiessifa
badmbaya
cleansafi
darkgiza
difficultNgumu
dirtychafu
drykavu
easyrahisi
emptytupu
expensiveghali
fastHaraka
foreignGeni
fullJaa
goodNjema
hardngumu
heavynzito
inexpensiveBei rahisi
lightNyepesi
localKienyeji
newMpya
noisykelele
oldzee
powerfulhodari
quiettulivu
correctsahihi
slowpolepole
softlaini
verysana
weakdhaifu
wetloa
wrongmakosa
youngUjana
foodchakula
almondsalmonds
breadmkate
breakfastkifungua kinywa
buttersiagi
candyperemende
cheesejibini/chizi
chickenkuku
cuminkisibiti
dessertjangwa
dinnerchakula cha jioni
fishsamaki
fruitmatunda
ice creamice cream
lambmwana kondoo
lemonndimu
lunchchakula cha mchana
mealchakula
meatnyama
ovenjiko
pepperpilipili
plantsmimea
porknguruwe
saladmchanganyiko wa mboga/matunda
saltchumvi
sandwichsandwichi
sausagesoseji
soupsupu
sugarsukari
supperkaramu
turkeybata mzinga
appletofaa
bananandizi
orangesmachungwa
peachesmafyulizi
peanutnjugu
pearsmapea
pineapplemananasi
grapeszabibu
strawberriesjordgubbar
vegetablesmboga
carrotkaroti
cornmahindi
cucumbertango
garlickitunguu saumu
lettucekabeji
olivesmizaituni
onionsvitunguu
pepperspilipili
potatoesviazi
pumpkinmalenge
beansmaharagwe
tomatoesnyanya
alligatormamba
alligatorsmamba
bearunknown
bearsunknown
birdndege
birdsndege
bullng'ombe ndume
bullsng'ombe ndume
catpaka
catspaka
cowng'ombe
cowsng'ombe
deerswara
many deerswara wengi
dogmbwa
dogsmbwa
donkeypunda
donkeyspunda
eagletai
eaglestai
elephanttembo
elephantstembo
giraffetwiga
giraffestwiga
goatmbuzi
goatsmbuzi
horsefarasi
horsesfarasi
lionsimba
lionssimba
monkeykima
monkeyskima
mousepanya
micepanya
rabbitsungura
rabbitssungura
snakenyoka
snakesnyoka
tigerchui wa mlia
tigerschui wa mlia
wolfmbwa mwitu
wolvesmbwa mwitu
objectsvitu
bathroombafu
bedkitanda
bedroomchumba cha kulala
ceilingdari
chairkiti
clothesnguo
coatshati
cupkikombe
deskdawati
dressmavazi
floorsakafu
forkuma
furnituresamani
glasskioo
hatkofia
housenyumba
inkwino
jacketkoti
kitchenjikoni
knifekisu
lamptaa
letterbarua
mapramani
newspapergazeti
notebookdaftari
pantssuruali
paperkaratasi
penkalamu
pencilpenseli
pharmacyduka la dawa
picturepicha
platesahani
refrigeratorjokofu
restaurantmkahawa
roofpaa
roomchumba
rugrug
scissorsmakasi
shampooSabuni ya nywele
shirtshati
shoesviatu
soapsabuni
sockssoksi
spoonkijiko
tablemeza
toiletchoo
toothbrushmswagi
toothpastedawa ya meno
towelkitambaa
umbrellamwavuli
underwearchupi
wallukuta
walletmkoba
windowdirisha
telephonesimu
thishii
thathio
thesehii/hawa/haya/hizi
thosehao/hayo
QuestionsMaswali
how?vipi?
what?nini?
who?nani?
why?nini?
where?wapi?
different objectsvitu mbalimbali
artsanaa
bankbenki
beachpwani
bookkitabu
by bicyclekwa baiskeli
by buskwa basi
by carkwa gari
by trainkwa gari moshi
cafemkahawa
countrynchi
desertnjangwa
dictionarykamusi
earthardhi
flowersmaua
footballfootball
forestmsitu
gamemchezo
gardenbustani
geographyjiografia
historyHistoria
housenyumba
islandkisiwa
lakeziwa
librarymaktaba
mathhesabu
moonmwezi
mountainmlima
moviessinema
musicmziki
oceanbahari
officeofisi
on footkwa miguu
playerMchezaji
rivermto
sciencesayansi
seabahari
skyanga
soccerkandada
starsnyota
supermarketmaduka makubwa
swimming poolbwawa la kuogelea
theaterukumbi
treemti
weatherhali ya hewa
bad weatherhewa mbaya
cloudymawingu
coldbaridi
coolpoa
foggyukungu
hotmoto
nice weatherhewa njema
pouringmtiririko
rainmvua
rainingkunyesha
snowtheluji
snowingkunyesha theluji
icebarafu
sunnyjua
windyupepo
springmajira ya kuchipua
summermajira ya joto
autumnmajira ya kupukutika
wintermajira ya baridi
peoplewatu
auntshangazi
babymtoto
brotherndugu
cousinbinamu
daughterbinti
dentistdaktari wa meno
doctordaktari
fatherbaba
grandfatherbabu
grandmothernyanya
husbandmume
mothermama
nephewmpwa
niecempwa
nursemuuguzi
policemanpolisi
postmanmtu wa posta
professorprofesa
sonmwana
teachermwalimu
unclemjomba
wifemke

Vocabulary and expressions have a very important role in Swahili, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Kiswahili Vocabulary, you might want to check the rest of our Swahili lessons here: Learn Swahili. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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