Useful Swahili Phrases You Can Use in a Hotel

by Julius Muange on Nov 16, 2016

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Here are some easy phrases to communicate in Swahili while in a hotel.


English Swahili
Room Chumba
Restaurant Mkahawa
Breakfast Chakula cha Asubuhi
Lunch Chakula cha Mchana
Dinner Chajio
Cash Pesa Taslim
Trip Safari
Water Maji
Please Tafadhali
Eat Kula , Kila (future/past tense)
Day Siku
Place Pahali
Can I? Naweza?
Good Njema /Zuri
Name Jina
Pay Lipa

Sample sentences using the above words.

Context English Swahili
Saying Hello. Hello. Hujambo.
Asking for a room. Can I get a hotel room? Je, Naweza pata chumba cha kulala?
Asking for the restaurant. Where is the restaurant? Je, wapi mkahawa?
Asking for water. Can I get some water please? Naweza pata maji ya kunywa?
Different conversations during meals. Have you had your breakfast? Je, Umekula chakula cha asubuhi?
What time will you have your lunch? Uta kila chakula cha mchana saa ngapi?
Can I get dinner served in my room? Naweza kupata chajio chumbani kwangu?
Payments. Can I pay cash? Naweza lipa kwa kutumia pesa taslim?
Asking one’s name. What is your name? Jina lako ni nani?
Giving your name. My name is Martin. Jina langu ni Martin.
Asking how one’s day was. How was your day? Umeshindaje?
Asking about one’s trip. How was your trip? Safari yako imekuwaje?
Saying how your day was. My day was good. Siku yangu ilikuwa njema.
Saying how your trip was. My trip was good. Safari yangu ilikuwa nzuri.


3 Responses

  1. Zanele Kawalya-Kagwa says:

    Thank you . I enjoyed that.

    December 14th, 2016 at 6:16 PM
  2. Zanele Kawalya-Kagwa says:

    In the first part I did get the last answer correct, but it was marked as incorrect because I put \\\’tafadhali\\\’ at the end when translating the \\\’please\\\’. Otherwise good.

    January 15th, 2017 at 8:10 PM
  3. Atandu Rahuman says:

    with more practice,i will learn kiswahil

    May 9th, 2017 at 1:02 PM

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