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acha
leave
aidha
also
angalifu
careful (adj)
asilimia
percentage
aste aste
at a slow pace
baadaye
later
baadhi
some of, part of
badili
to change
bado
still, not yet
bafu
bathroom
bahari
ocean
baina
between (conjunction)
bainisha
to contrast, to differentiate , to distinguish
barabara
street, road, highway
bei nafuu
fair price
bei
price
beseni la bafu
tub
bichi
not ripe, raw
bidhaa
products
bidi
behoove
bidii
effort, weka bidii ‘put in effort’
binti
daughter,
bopa
sink
bora
better
burudisha
entertain
busara
wisdom
chanzo
the beginning
chelewa
be late
chenji
change(n), balance
choo (msala)
toilet
chumba cha maakuli
dining room
chumba cha wageni
guest room
chungu nzima
many, a lot, in abundance dira compass
dada
daughter, may also be used among friends and as an
dalali
auctioneer, agent
daraja
bridge
darasa
class, grade
dari
ceiling
desturi
manners, custom
dhani
think, assume
dikteta
dictator
duka
store like a convenient store
elemika
to be educated, enlightened
elewa
understand
elimu jamii
sociology
elimu
education
embe
mango
enda
go
epuka
avoid, escape
ezeka
thatch
faa
to benefit
fahamiana
know each other
fahamu
be aware of, understand
fasihi linganishi
comparative literature
fikia
reach for example a goal, or a destination
fikiria
to think about
fisadi
corrupt (adj)
friji
refrigerator
fundisha
to teach
ghala
store/storage room
ghali
expensive
ghorofa ya kwanza
first storey/floor
ghorofa
storey house
gongana
hit each other
gundua
discover
haiba
beauty, personality
haja
need
haja
need (noun)
hakiki
critique (verb)
hali
condition
hangaika
wander, be unsettled
haraka
hurry (adverb, noun)
hazina
fund, savings
heshimu
respect (verb)
hisi
feel
huduma
services
hudumia
serve
hurumua
mercy
iga
imitate, emulate e.g., emulate someone’s behavior
ikulu
state house where the president resides
ili
so that
ishi
to live
isimu
linguistics
jadi
traditional
jadili
discuss
jaribu
to try
jiji
big city also mji
jikaza
exert, work hard
jiko
stove
jiko
stove, also kitchen
jikoni
in the kitchen
jitolea
they sacrificed, they volunteered
jitunza
to take care of oneself
jua
know, sun
jumba la makumbusho
museum e.g., jumba la kumbukumbu
jumuika
mingle, assemble
jumuiya
community
kabati
cupboard
kabila
ethnic group
kabla
before
kaburi
grave
kaka
brother
kamba
rope, string
karibu
close to, around, about~ Nitakuona karibu saa moja ‘I’ll see you around 7 ’
karibu
near, welcome
kaskazini
north
kasoro
less, deficiency
katani
sisal
kati
middle e.g., tabaka la kati ~middle class
katikati
middle, central
kazi za mkono
manual work
kelele
noise
kichinjio
a butchery, slaughter house
kifedha
financially
kifungua mimba
first born
kijijini
in the village
kilima
hill
kimataifa
international (adj)
kioo
mirror
kisasa
modern, current
kitinda mimba
last born
kitivo
faculty, school
kiwanda
factory, industry
kiwango
level
kiwanja
plot, field
kizazi
generation
kodi
rent, tax kupanga to rent, to arrange.
kondoo
sheep
koo
clans
kosa
miss
kosea
wrong someone, do something wrong
kua
grow
kulia
to grow from a place
kumbusha
cause someone to remember
kunde
cow peas
kura
votes, e.g., piga kura ~vote
kushoto
left
kutokana na
as a result of
kuza
to grow
kwa kawaida
usually
kwingine
other place: nitaenda kwingine ‘I will go to another place’
mlaghai
liar, cheat
lazima
must
lea
take care of
leseni
license e.g., drivers license
likizo
vacation, holiday
limbikiza
enrich oneself, pile up
linda
guard
mababu
grandparents
machachari
naughty
mafunzo
teachings
magari
cars, vehicles
magharibi
west
makamo
age, position
makao
place of residing
makazi
residence
makongamano
conferences
maktaba
library
makuti
coconut leaves
mali
material wealth
malishoni
pasture
marahaba
a response to a greeting by an elderly person
mashariki
east
mashirika
corporations, organizations
maskini
poor
matajiri
rich
matatu
a public service van
mawasiliano
communication
mbali na
apart from, besides
mbalimbali
different, varied
mbao
wood frame
mboga
vegetables
mbuzi
goat
mbwa
dog
mchunga
caretaker, shepherd
mchuuzi
vendor
merameta
shine
methali
proverb
mfereji
tap
miadi
appointment
mifugo
animals especially domesticated
mikutano
meetings
misingi
foundations
mkoa
province
mkulima
a farmer
mkurugenzi
director
mojawapo ya
one of…
mola
God
moyo
heart
msongamano
jam
mtaa
avenue, street, neighborhood
mtandao
internet
mteja
customer
muda
time
muhimu
important
mwafaka
appropriate
mwakani
in the coming year, in the year
mwanana
cool, gentle(e.g. upepo mwanana ‘cool
mwenzako
colleague, comrade, fellow
mwezi
month
nafuu
fair
nanasi
pineapple
ndege
aircraft/plane
ndicho
is the one 7/8 e.g., hiki ndicho kiti- this is the chair
ndiko
is where
ndiye
s/he is the one(emphatic pronoun)
ndogondogo
small… e.g., ofisi ndogondogo ~ small offices. nidhamu discipline
ndururu
penny
ng’ombe
cow
nunua
to buy
nyama
meat
nyayo
footprints
nyumba ya chini
one-story house
nyumba ya ghorofa
a story-house
ogelea
to swim
onana
see each other
ongeza
add
pakana
be on the border with e.g., Canada inapakana na Marekani.
pamoja
together
panchari
puncture
panda
climb, plant, also road intersection(njia panda)
papia
to rush into things
pasa
suppose
pasaka
Easter
patana bei
to bargain
patana
to patch up, to reach an agreement with someone
pendekeza
propose
pendekezo
a proposal
piga bei
bargain (v)
piga gumzo
chat
pinda
turn
pita
pass
ploti
plot
posa
marriage proposal
posta
post office
pumziko
break, rest(n)
punguza
reduce
rangi
color, paint
roho
soul
roshani
balcony
ruhusu
allow
safari
trip, tour, travel
saidiana
help each other
sakafu ya kwanza
first floor
sakafu
floor
salama
peaceful
salia
remain
sambaa
spread
sanyika
come together
saruji
cement
shahada
degree, diploma
shambani
rural setting
shangaza
surprise(v)
sherehe
celebration, fete
sherehekea
celebrate
shida
problem
shikamoo
a form of greeting by a young person to a grown up
shilingi
shilling, currency used in the three East African countries
shitua
surprise, sometimes depending on context may mean scare
shughuli
business, activities
shukuru
be grateful
sifa
characteristic
sikitisha
sadden
siku ya soko
Market Day
simu
telephone
soko
market
sokoni
at the market
songa
move from one point to another
starehe
to have fun (noun -starehe ~ fun)
stima
power, electricity
stoo
store/storage room
subira
patience
subiri
wait(v)
sukari
sugar
sukuma
to push
sukumawiki
collard greens
suluhisho
solution
sura
face, complexion
tabaka
social class layer
tabia
manners
taka
want
takriban
almost, about
tamani
desire, admire
taraji
expect
taslimu
cash
tatizo
problem
tegemea
depend on
thumni
fifty cent
timua
remove, uproot, fire someone
toa huduma
to provide services
tulivu
relaxed, quiet
tunda
fruit
tunza
take care of
ua
backyard, fence, enclosure
uamuzi
decision
uani
in the backyard of a house, in the enclosure
ufuko
beach
uhai
life
uhitaji
need (noun)
uhusiano
relationship
ujumbe
message
ukame
drought, dryness
ukarabati
repairs
ukarimu
generosity
ukulima
farming
ukumbi
veranda
ukuzaji
growing(n)
ulimwengu
the universe, the world
umaarufu
popularity
umeme
electricity
umma
public
umri
age
unatokana
is as a result of …
unda
construct
unganisha
to unite e.g., kuunganisha watu ~ to unite people
upeo
limit
upepo
wind
urembo
beauty
usafiri
transportation
usafirishaji
transportation
ushauri
advise
usikubali
do not accept
ususu
corridor
utengano
disunity
uuguzi
nursing profession
uwanja
field, uwanja wa ndege ~airport
uwezo
ability
vigae
tiles
vigeni
new things(Adj)
wafanya biashara
business people
wageni
guests, visitors
wakala
agent e.g., housing agent
wakazi
residents (mkazi sing)
wanyama
animals
wasiwasi
worries(n)
waziri mkuu
prime minister
wikendi
weekend
zidia
overwhelm
zingatia
pay attention to something
zuia
prevent
zunguka
surround