How to say excuse me in Swahili: kumradhi

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How to say excuse me in Swahili: kumradhi

Learning Swahili for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say excuse me in Swahili: kumradhi
Say it out loud: “koom rah dhee

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Some more helpful words in our Swahili Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – choo  (chōh)
come with me – kuangalia tu  (koo ah nn gah lee ah too)
do you speak english? – Kiingereza?  (kin geh reh zah)
excellent – bora  (boh rah)
excuse me – kumradhi  (koom rah dhee)
excuse me (to get past) – nipishe  (nee pee sheh)
good / bad – nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
how do you say…? – jinsi ya kusema?  (jeen see ya koo say muh?)
how much is this? – bei gani  (bay ee gah nee)
may I? (point at chair, door) – naweza  (na weh za)
maybe – pengine  (pen gee' nay)
no problem – hakuna matata  (ha koo nuh muh ta ta)
please – tafadhali  (tah fah dah lee)
sorry – pole  (poh lay)
thank you – ahsante  (ah sahn tay)
thanks – shukrani  (shook rah nee)
what is that? – nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
where is… – wapi  (wah pee)
yes / no – ndio / la  (n dee' oh / lah)
you are welcome – karibu  (kah ree' boo)

And here’s how to say excuse me in other languages!

Arabic–Uzran  (uz ran)
Chinese–Dǎrǎo Yīxià  (Da Rao Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–promiňte  (pro MYEEN tay)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–Excusez moi  (excuse eh mwah)
German–entschuldigen sie  (ent shool' duh gen zee)
Italian–scusi  (skoo zee)
Japanese–Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Sillyehapnida.  (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Desculpe  (jeh scoo pee)
Russian–prostite  (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón  (pear dōn)
Swahili–kumradhi  (koom rah dhee)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–afedersiniz  (ah feh dar sinz)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)

In every culture, courtesy gets you a long way. There is no faster way to get yourself ignored and ultimately hopelessly lost than not knowing how to approach a native in a polite manner. Fortunately, the phrase "excuse me" (kumradhi) cuts across all cultures as a form of politeness and getting attention. Once you learn this in Swahili and work towards learning it in the language of the country you wish to visit, you are halfway towards getting all the help you will need.

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