How to say water in Swahili: maji

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How to say water in Swahili: maji

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

To say water in Swahili: maji
Say it out loud: “ma jee

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Some more helpful words in our Swahili Dining Basics,Drinks category:

...a glass of – bilauri ya  (bee lah uh ree)
...a liter of – lita ya  (lee tah yah)
...beer – bia  (beer)
...red/white wine – mvinyo nyekundu/nyeupe  (mm vee n’yoh n’yeh koo n’doo/n’yeh oo peh)
beer / wine – pombe / mvinyo  (pōm bay / m vee' nyoh)
beverage – kinywaji  (keen wah jee)
bottled water – chupa ya maji  (choo pah yah ma jee)
business hours – masaa ya biashara  (ma sah ya bee ah sha rah)
carbonated water – maji ya kaboni  (ma jee yah kah bo’ nee)
casual restaurant – hoteli  (hoh teh lee)
check – ankar  (ahn kar)
coffee / tea – kahawa / chai  (kah ha wah / chai)
grocery store – soko la mboga  (soh koh lah mmboh gah)
hot water – maji moto  (ma jee mo’ toh)
marketplace – soko  (soh koh)
menu – menu  (may noo)
no ice – bila barafu  (bee lah bah rah foo)
restaurant – mkahawa  (mm kah hah wah)
service charge – huduma ya malipo  (hoo do ma ya ma lee po)
table for two – meza ya wawili  (meh za yah wah wee’ lee)
tip – bakshishi  (bahk shee shee)
water – maji  (ma jee)
… a bottle of – chupa ya  (choo pah yah)
….house wine – mvinyo nyumba  (mm vee n’yoh n’yoo mm bah)

And here’s how to say water in other languages!

Arabic–Maa'  (maah)
Chinese–Shuǐ  (Shway)
Croatian–voda  (vō duh)
Czech–voda  (VOE dah)
Finnish–vesi  (veh sih)
French–eau  (oh)
German–wasser  (vah suhr)
Italian–acqua  (ah kwuh)
Japanese–Mizu  (Mee Zoo)
Korean–Mul  (Mool)
Polish–woda  (vo da)
Portuguese–Água  (ah goo-ah)
Russian–voda  (vah dah)
Spanish–agua  (ah gwah)
Swahili–maji  (ma jee)
Thai–Nam Plao  (nahm plao)
Turkish–su  (suh)
Vietnamese–Nước  (Nuu-Uhk)

"water" (maji), either for bathing, cleaning or drinking is one of those phrases you will want to learn in Swahili. Other phrases are included in our instant access to the Swahili Language Set.

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