How to say how do you say…? in Swahili: jinsi ya kusema?

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How to say how do you say…? in Swahili: jinsi ya kusema?

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

To say how do you say…? in Swahili: jinsi ya kusema?
Say it out loud: “jeen see ya koo say muh?

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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 how do you say…? in other languages!

Arabic–Kayf Akool?  (kayf A kool?)
Chinese–...Zěnme Shuō?  (...Dze Me Shwo?)
Croatian–kako se kaže?  (kah koe say kah zhay?)
Czech–jak to říkáte?  (yahk to zhee KAH tay?)
Finnish–miten sanotaan…?  (mi ten son oh taan)
French–Comment dit-on  (kuh mahn dee thahn)
German–wie sagt man…  (vee zahgt mahn…)
Italian–come si dice?  (koh meh say dee chay)
Japanese–…Ha Dou Iimasuka?  (…Wah Dough Ee Mass Kah?)
Korean–…Ga Mwoyeyo?  (…Ga Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Jak mówisz  (Yahk moo' veesh?)
Portuguese–Como Se Diz...?  (ko mo see jeez…?)
Russian–kak skazat'...?  (kak skah zaht…?)
Spanish–¿cómo se dice?  (coe moe say dee say?)
Swahili–jinsi ya kusema?  (jeen see ya koo say muh?)
Thai–… Phut Yang Ngai  (… POOT yahng ngai?)
Turkish–nasil denilir?  (nah seal din uh leer?)
Vietnamese–Bạn Nói Như Thế Nào …  (Ban Noy New Te Now)

When you require to ask how to pronounce a word from your language to the natives language, you can use the phrase ""how do you say…?" (jinsi ya kusema?)" to ask this question. This phrase plus the word in mind you want to have interpreted is a complete asking sentence, e.g you may ask a native, "excuse me, "how do you say…?" (jinsi ya kusema?) Good morning in your language?" Get instant access to the Swahili Language Set.

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