Nyanja is widely spoken in Zambia. Learn these easy phrases and you’ll make yourself understood throughout the country, from Livingstone to the Luangwa.
Not only that, you’ll bring a smile to the face of everybody you try them out on!
All conversations should begin with exchanging pleasantries to set things on the right course:
Hello, how are you?
I’m fine. How are you?
Bweno. Muli bwanji?
It’s then perfectly acceptable to slew shamelessly into English for the remainder of the conversation!
But give these phrases a whirl too and watch the magic happen…
My name is…
Dzina langa ndine….
How much is this?
Yes / no
Ee / Ayi
Thank you very much indeed
Wonderful, beautiful, that’s awesome, I am so happy right now
Is this the bus to Chipata?
Kodi iyi bus ipita kuChipata?
Good luck until tomorrow (use in parting to someone you’ll see tomorrow)
Stay / travel well
Khalani / muyende bweno