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Glossary of Jay's Essential Swahili

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maharagwe
beans
ugali
thick cornmeal porridge
uji
millet porridge
chapatti
wheat flour flatbread/tortilla
chai
tea
mayai
eggs
nyama
meat/animal
machugwa
orange (fruit)
ndogo
small
kubwa
big
-refu
tall
-fupi
short
baridi
cold
choto
hot
moto
fire
moshi
smoke
mbwa
dog
kuku
chicken
bata
duck
bata mzinga
turkey
nguruwe
pig
ngombe
cow
kondoo
sheep
mbuzi
goat
nyoka
snake
ndege
bird/airplane
kinyonga
chameleon
farasi
horse
paka
cat
punda
donkey
punda milia
zebra
chui
leopard
duma
cheeta
tembo
elephant
popo
bat
kuenda
to go
kulala
to sleep
kununua
to buy
kula
to eat
kufa
to die
kuongea
to speak
kusema
to say
kutupa
to throw
kuona
to see
kusoma
to read
kukimbia
to run
kucheza
to dance
kupiga
to hit/kick/cook
kujua
to know
kusikia
to understand
kunywa
to drink
kuandika
to write
kulete
to bring/give
kubisha
to cry out
kuimba
to sing
kuomba
to pray
kuvua samaki
to fish
kuvaa
to put on/wear
kuruka
to jump
kutengeneza
to fix/make
kukazi
to work
kupenda
to like/love
kutembea
to walk
kucheza ngoma
to dance
Mungu
God
viasi
potato
maji
water
barafu
ice
mcheli
rice
maziwa
milk
nywele
hair
vidole
fingers
miguu
feet
macho
eyes
mahindi
maize
ngano
wheat
gari
car
kufanya
to do/make
kuna
to be
kuweza
to be able
ngoma
dance
mpira
ball
mzee
old man
bibi
lady/wife
ndugu
brother
bwana
sir/lord
miti
tree
shamba
farm/garden
njia
street/road
barabara
street
nyumba
house
chumba
room
kikombe
cup
simu
telephone
mesa
table
juu
up/on
katika
in
katikati
within/inside
kusishi
to live
kukaa
to stay
kutoka
to come from
kuja
to come to
baada ya
after
baina ya
between
kabla
before
kitabu
book
mzuri
good
chache
few
mingi
many
wengine
others
sana
very
zaidi
more
mbaya
bad
salama
fine/peaceful
sawa
OK
kidogo
small
kuvuta
to smoke
cigara
cigarettes
bhangi
marijuana
ukimwi
AIDS
mgonjwa
sick
matumbo
stomach/guts
mataco
buttocks
mafuta
oil
mafuta ya taa
kerosene
kusukuma
to strech
kusonga
to scoot
pesa
money
samaki
fish
jiko
grill
kazi
work
kuogelea
to swim
kutafsiri
to translate
kufunga
to close
kufungua
to open
viatu
shoes
jamia
family
nchi
country
wakati
time
saa
hour/clock
kitu
thing
yote
all
hodi
hello
habari
what's up
jambo
hello
mbinguni
heaven
roho
soul
damu
blood
kunyamba
to fart
kujisaidia
to go #2
kujoa
to go #1
kuni
firewood
kuvua
to fish
kufua nguo
to wash clothes
mjinga
stupid
mnoki
idiot
nyani
money
mrefu
tall
mfupi
short
kilugha
language
ndizi
banana
taifa
nation
matatu
taxi
kartasi
paper
choo
outhouse
kalamu
pen
kushida
to win
mbio
race/run
watu
people
mbu
mosquito
mkate
bread
mandazi
donut
sukari
sugar
unga
flour
mavi
feces
kijana
boy
msichana
girl
mtoto
kid
mama
mom
baba
dad
mwanfunzi
student
mwalimu
teacher
daktari
doctor
pikipiki
motorcycle
matunda
fruit
mboga
cabbage
nyanya
tomato
pilipili
pepper
pilipili hoho
bell pepper
shule
school
chuo kikuu
university
rais
president
ziwa
lake
mlima
hill
kahawa
coffee
machungwa
orange
kanisa
church
mbale
far
karibu
welcome/close
mabati
tin sheet
chumvi
salt
sabuni
soap
mwanume
man
mwanamke
woman
viyoo
glass
kiyoo
mirror
maneno
words
sasa
now
badaye
later

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