How to say good / bad in Swahili: nzuri / mbaya

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How to say good / bad in Swahili: nzuri / mbaya

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

To say good / bad in Swahili: nzuri / mbaya
Say it out loud: “n zoo' ree / mm by' uh

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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 good / bad in other languages!

Arabic–Jayed / Saye'  (ja yed / sa yeh)
Chinese–Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
Croatian–dobro / loše  (doe bro / lō shay)
Czech–dobrý / špatný  (doe BREE / schpaht NEE)
Finnish–hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
French–bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
German–gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
Italian–buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
Japanese–Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
Korean–Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
Polish–dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
Portuguese–Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
Russian–horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
Spanish–bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
Swahili–nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
Thai–Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
Turkish–iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
Vietnamese–Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)

Something good is one that pleases you while something bad is one that doesn't please you. This words are opposite of each other and are used to identify one feelings about something e.g. on the first trip in the native land, your host may ask you "was the experience today "good / bad" (nzuri / mbaya)? Get instant access to the Swahili Language Set.

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