Beware of the following Kiswahili phrases
You will wait forever.
Kenyans say this while they’re leaving.
3.Si mbaya saana
Somebody is not satisfied but they will not admit it.
4.Vile nimeona/nimesikia hata siongei
Unfortunately, if somebody tells you this, expect more stories
5. Sitachelewa saana
You should be ready to wait and wait.
6.Karibu sana/niaje mkubwa/kiongozi
This is just a casual greeting. It’s not a show of respect.
7. Ata mimi sijui !
They know a lot.
8.Unataka nifanye nini sasa?
They have run out of options/choices
Somebody is feeling oppressed without a say
You’re being chased away. [Beware of the tone of the speaker ], you may need to run!! ?
11. Hakuna watu
This phrase can also mean there are few people??
12. Umenizoea/Tumezoeana sana!
If somebody tells you this just stop talking
Power, president, Police…. not necessarily the government
14. Niko karibu kufika
This person is “10 kilometres” late.
15.Lakini umejaribu sana, sikupenda kwako
That’s a lie.
16. Utalipa ama haulipi ?
Please pay, this is a warning, not a choice
17. Kwani wewe ndiye nani?
If you hear this, the speaker is confirming your authority/power/influence, be humble and listen to their demands
18.Hauna pesa kidogo? Nitatoa change wapi?
Give out the money to the seller and be patient, he/she will get the change.