Swahili, also knowm as Kiswahili (translation: coast language), is a bantu language and the first language of the swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the Africa Great Lakes region and other parts of eastern and south-eastern Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sawhilfrica, Rwanda,Brundi, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Comorian, Spoken in the Comoros Islands is sometimes considered to be a dialect of Swahili, though other authorities consider it a distinct language.
Estimates of the Total number of Swahili speakers vary widely, from 50 million to over 100 million. Swahili serves as a national as a national language language of the three nations: Tanzania, Kenya and the DRC. Shikomor, th official language in comoros and also spoken in Mayotte (Shimare), is related to Swahili. Swahili is also one of the working languages of the African Union and officially recognised as a lingua franca of the East Africa Community.
Here are some of the interpretation of from english to swahili.
Ninaitwa James. Wewe unaitwaje?
(My name is james. What’s your name?)
Ninaitwa Mornica. Nimefurahi kukujua.
(My name is Mornica. I’m pleased to know you.)
(Do you speak Swahili?)
Ndio! Ninazungumza Kiswahili.
(Yes! I speak Swahili.)
(Just a little bit!)
Hapana! Sizungumzi Kiswahili. Ninazungumza Kiingereza tu!
(No! I don’t speak Swahili. I only speak English!)
Ninatokea Marekani. Wewe unatokea wapi?
(I’m from the United States of America. Where are you from?)
Ninatokea Japani. Nipo hapa kwa matembezi.
(I’m from Japan. I’m visiting here.)
Ninatokea Uingereza. Nipo hapa kwa kazi.
(I’m from U.K. I’m here on business.)
Ninatokea Ujerumani. Nimekuja kujifunza Kiswahili.
(I’m from Germany. I’ve come to learn Swahili.)
Kwaheri! Nimefurahi kukutana na wewe.
(Goodbye! I’m pleased to meet you.)
Karibu! Nimefurahi pia kukutana na wewe.
(Goodbye! I’m also pleased to meet you.)
Utapenda kunywa nini?
(What would you like to drink?)
Nitakunywa maji tu. Nina kiu sana!
(I’ll just drink water. I’m very thirsty.)
Nitakunywa kahawa bila maziwa.
(I’ll drink coffee without milk.)
Nitakunywa chai na maziwa na sukari kidogo.
(I’ll drink tea with milk and little sugar.)
Nitakunywa soda. CocaCola, tafadhali.
(I’ll drink soda. CocaCola, please.)
Tafadhali niletee chakula moto haraka. Nina njaa sana!
(Please bring me some hot food quickly. I’m very hungry!)
Huu hapa wali, samaki, mbatata, na saladi. Nitakuletea keki baadaye.
(Here is rice, fish, potatoes, and salad. I’ll bring you cake later.)