How to say maybe in Swahili: pengine

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How to say maybe in Swahili: pengine

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

To say maybe in Swahili: pengine
Say it out loud: “pen gee' nay

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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 maybe in other languages!

Arabic–Robbama  (rob ba ma)
Chinese–Yǒu Kěnéng  (Yo Kuh Nuhng)
Croatian–možda  (moash duh)
Czech–možná  (moez nahh)
Finnish–ehkä  (eh kah)
French–Peut-être  (puh tet huh)
German–vielleicht  (vill eyesht)
Italian–forse  (for seh)
Japanese–Tabunn  (Tah Bunn)
Korean–Amado  (Ah Ma Do)
Polish–może  (mo' zheh)
Portuguese–Pode Ser  (po jee sehr)
Russian–mozhet byt'  (moh zhet byt)
Spanish–tal vez  (tahl vays)
Swahili–pengine  (pen gee' nay)
Thai–Na Cha Dai  (NAH ja DAI)
Turkish–belki  (bell kee)
Vietnamese–Có Thể  (Caw Te)

In every culture, courtesy goes a long way in eliciting the help that you need in your travel adventure. "maybe" (pengine) is another courtesy phrase among many that you can learn in Swahili.

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