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Welcome to Swahilipod101.com’s “Kiswahili kwa dakika tatu,” The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Swahili.
Hamjamboni. Mimi ni Medina. Shukran kwa kuunga na mimi katika kipindi hii. Hi everybody! I’m Medina. Thank you for joining me! In this series, you’re going to learn basic Swahili expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
And in this first lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Swahili. You’ll learn both an informal and formal way to do it, but unlike many other languages, there is not a very big difference between informal and formal speech in Swahili.
First, let’s see how Kenyan people introduce themselves in an *informal* situation.
Habari, Mimi ni Medina. Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe. Hi, I’m Medina. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Habari, Mimi ni Medina. Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.
Let’s break it down. Start with the greeting: Habari, then Mimi ni …. which is followed by your name.
Next, say the phrase Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe. -- Nice to meet you.
Altogether, it is
Habari, Mimi ni Medina. Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech.
Shikamoo. Jina langu ni Medina Maraka. Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe. Hello, my name is Medina Maraka. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Shikamoo. Jina langu ni Medina Maraka. Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a closer look at these together.
It’s important to note that habari, can be used in both casual and formal settings. However, it is more formal and respectful to use the word shikamoo especially when addressing an older person. Shikamoo implies “good day” or simply “hello”.
You will notice that the section mimi ni …for “I am” changes to Jina langu ni Medina for “ My name is Medina.”
During a formal self introduction, it is advisable to mention your last name, so I would say My name is Medina Maraka. Here, you would say your full name.
Finally, Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.
is the same for both. This phrase means “nice to meet you.”
One more time - The informal way to introduce yourself in Swahili is Habari, Mimi ni Medina. Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.
And the formal way to introduce yourself is
Shikamoo. Jina langu ni Medina Maraka. Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.
Now it’s time for Medina’s Insights.
When introducing yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands. Usually, the right hand is slightly supported by the left hand. If you’re concerned about politeness, a slight bend forward while shaking the hand adds a sign of respect in the Kenyan business world. However, if you speak too formally, people will think you sound unnatural. In Kenya, simplicity is best!
Do you know how we say “thank you” in Swahili? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next Kiswahili kwa dakika tatu. Thanks for dropping by and see you next time!
Kwaheri. Tuonane tena.

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Please introduce yourself in Swahili!

Monday at 5:31 pm
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Jambo Sarah Jane,

Nimefurahia kukujua. Nami naitwa Joshua mmoja wa timu ya swahilipod101.com.

Joshua
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Monday at 5:18 pm
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Jambo Saraj Jane,
😜 Shikamoo is for everyone. We are glad to know that you are enjoying you Swahili experience. Continue learning.

Joshua
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Sarah Jane
Thursday at 10:33 am
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Anyway. As instructed.

Shikamoo, Jina langu ni Sarah Blegg Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.

Habari, mimi ni Sarah kukutana na wewe

Sarah Jane
Thursday at 10:10 am
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I thought shikamoo was only for elder people. Very informative video.

Tuesday at 3:57 am
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Hi mark,
Sure. You can practice two or three of these a day and sharpen your swahili skills.
Joshua
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Mark V Foster
Friday at 5:48 pm
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:thumbsup:
I thought that this was easy to follow and informative. I can imagine that one or two of these a day should be no problem.

Jina langu ni Mark Foster. Najifunza Kiswahili.

Friday at 4:47 pm
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Hi Jennifer,
Check if there is such an option. All the best.
Joshua
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Sunday at 8:54 pm
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Jambo Jennifer,
Swahili: Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe
English: I am happy to meet you.
Swahili: Nimefurahia kukutana na wewe
English: I am happy for having met you.
This means that you use ”ninafuraha” when you are still with the person you have met while you use “nimefurahia” while you talking to someone you are about to part with. Feel free to contact us with more questions.
Joshua
Team SwahiliPod101.com

Sunday at 7:10 pm
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Hi Nihat,
We are glad that you like our lessons. With online learning, you get fast, effective and reliable Swahili skills. We would advise you to use Swahili premium plus to be able to chat with your teacher directly.

Joshua
Team SwahiliPod101.com

jennifer grimstadd
Sunday at 1:40 am
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Can I add words from learn swahili in 3 minutes to my flashcards?