All linguists will always say that the best way to learn another language is to actually experience it in the country of its origin. This would be applicable to any language if the learner were to speak it like a true native, mastering every literary slang, idiom and normal grammatical sentence.
The Swahili language is no exception and is well worth mastering. It is a highly popular language in certain parts of East Africa being of great use in getting by. Here are a few phrases that will be most useful when visiting Kenya.
Welcome = karibu
Thank you = asante sana
What is your name? = jina lako nani?
Bye and bye/so-so = kwaheri
God bless you = mungu akubariki
Praise the Lord! = bwana asifiwe
Howdy! = jambo!
Don’t worry = usiogope
Good morning = harari ya asabuhi Friend = rafiki
What is the news? = habari gani
I visited Kenya a while ago and it never fails to amaze me when I take to the wilderness. The savannah landscape, hot tropical climate, exotic unspoilt beaches, put it all together and you’ll find it a much better tourist experience than the Caribbean. I toured the country, both from the air and on the road; you could come face to face with lions, watch a cheetah take a snooze in one of the trees, have the thrill of watching big grey elephants thunder through land on the roadside. In the evening, the sunset chorus from the waterholes will beat any opera singer or singing choir in the west.
Kenya has had its vicissitudes in the political and economic arena, but by far it is still one of the most stable countries to live in. From, my point of view as a visitor, the only way to enjoy this wild holiday is by going on a safari. Kenya’s biggest tourist appeal is the big five national parks and within its borders and south into Tanzania. The world-famous parks, such as the Masai Mara National Reserve, is home to lions, elephants, leopards and the rest. It also has the most photogenic image, captured on camera of the jagged peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. It has been the cinematic backdrop to many films and cinematic dramas and adventures.
Kenya is a popular destination for both film and video production for its wildlife and awesome natural scenery. In the film “To Walk with Lions”, the dream of the conservationist George Adamson, Kenya’s proves that readily accessible exotic wildlife, captivating landscapes and diverse traditional cultures bring out the perfect cinematic setting.