Language The language spoken in Zanzibar is Swahili, however English is widely spoken too. Even though learning as much as you can before you go will make your life easier; we understand that it can be hard. Luckily for you most of the village speaks good enough English and those that will be in charge of your care speak excellent English. Once you are there picking up Swahili will be extremely easy, supposing you put your strongest effort into learning. Everyone is happy to help you out and to teach you especially in return for English!
Just try your best, show your effort and accept your mistakes with a laugh
-Sarah Richardson For now here is some basic Swahili to get you started…
Hello = Jambo How are you? = Habari gani Fine (response) = Nzuri Goodbye = Kwa heri / Kwa herini (more than one peson)
No = Hapana Thank you = Asante Thank you very much = Asante sana Please= Tafadhali
SeeYou Later = Tutaonana
What is your name? = Jina lako nani?
Nice to meet you = Nafurahi kukuona
My name is = Jina langu ni ...
Goodnight = Lala salama
Do you speak English? = Unasema
Yes = Ndiyo
Numbers One = Moja Two = Mbili Three = Tatu Four = Nne Five = Tano Six = Sita Seven = Saba Eight = Nani Nine = Tiser Ten = Kumi
Check out these links for an in depth understanding; http://www.glcom.com/hassan/lessons/useful_swahili_wo rds.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swahili_language Recommended book to buy once you are there; Teach yourself Swahili (Can be bought from Memories of Zanzibar)