Helpful Swahili

Sometimes Swahili words will show up in my blog. I wanted to make sure there was a place you could find this in case you get confused. If there is a word I’ve used you can’t find on this list please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to add it. Sometimes my English and Swahili get mashed together (swa-nglish).

This will be an ever-growing list:

Baba – Father
Dada – Sister
Kaka – Brother
Mama – Mother
Mbwa – Dog
Mzungu – Term for white person
Pole – Sorry
Pole pole – Slowly
Dala Dala – Mini bus used for public transport
Boda Boda/Piki Piki – Motorcycle taxi used for public transport
Mambo – What’s up
Poa – Cool