Swahili 101

I’ve decided that I will no longer speak English because Swahili is soooo much cooler! Using my handy dandy Swahili phrase book, I have devised the perfect paragraph to say to my host family when I arrive. Not only do I tell them essential things (such as how long I will be staying in their house and my interests), I also show my good manners by complimenting them and then I show them how smart I am by discussing politics. They will LOVE me. Check it out.

Hodi! Jina langu ni Lisa. Nafurahi kukufahamu. Hamjambo? Poa! Natoka Marekani. Nipo kwa wiki siku kumi. Safi! Ninapenda kucheza densi na mradi wa. Wewe ni ampendeza sana sana. Watu wana maoni gani kuhusu? Nilifikiri sawa tu. Kwa heri!

Which is pronounced as…

Hoh-dee. Jee-na lang-goo ni Lisa. Na-foo-ra-hee koo-koo-fa-ha-moo. Ham-jam-boh? Poh-a! Na-toh-ka Ma-ray-kan-nee. Ni-poh kwa wee-kee see-koo koo-mee. Sa-fee! Na-payn-da koo-chay-za dayn-see na m-ra-dee wa. Way-way ni a-may-payn-day-za sa-na sa-na. Wa-too wa-na ma-oh-nee ga-nee koo-hoo-soo? Ne-lee-fee-kee-ree sa-wa too. Kwa hay ree!

And means…

Hello may I enter? My name is Lisa. I’m pleased to meet you. How are all of you? I’m American. I’m here for ten weeks. Great! I like dancing and recycling. You are hot. How do people feel about globalization? I thought it was okay. Bye!