How to say excuse me (to get past) in Swahili: nipishe

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How to say excuse me (to get past) in Swahili: nipishe

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

To say excuse me (to get past) in Swahili: nipishe
Say it out loud: “nee pee sheh

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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 (to get past) in other languages!

Arabic–Al Mahzera  (al mah ze ra)
Chinese–Qǐng Ràng Yīxià  (Ching Rang Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–Dovolíte?  (do vo LEE teh?)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–Pardon  (pahr dohn)
German–entschuldigung  (in shool dee gung)
Italian–permesso  (pair meh so)
Japanese–Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Jamsimanyo.  (Jam Shi Man Yo.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Com Licença!  (kohm lee sen sa!)
Russian–prostite  (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón  (pear dōn)
Swahili–nipishe  (nee pee sheh)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–lütfen  (loot fahn)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)

When away on tour especially away in a native land you will encounter situations where you will need to get to a place but due to overcrowded streets or roads this may not happen without bumping into people's shoulders. The use of a courtesy word such as "excuse me (to get past)" (nipishe) will come in handy to avoid appearing rude to the native residents. Get instant access to the Swahili Language Set.

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