A quick lesson in Swahili (and a drop of Maasai)

Did you know that most names in The Lion King were actual Swahili words? I didn’t. Here’s a few more to add to your vocabulary in case you ever find yourself in Kenya. A few words in their native language will take you a long way with the locals.

English Swahili/ Maasai
Hi! / What’s up? (locals) Sasa / Sopa
Hello! (foreigners) Jambo
Good Mzuri or Poa / Yepa
Friend Rafiki
Lion Simba
Welcome Karibu
Thank you Asante
No problem Hakuna matata
Sweet dreams Lala salama
I love you Nakupenda



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