How to say yes / no in Swahili: ndio / la

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How to say yes / no in Swahili: ndio / la

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

To say yes / no in Swahili: ndio / la
Say it out loud: “n dee' oh / lah

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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 yes / no in other languages!

Arabic–Na'am / La  (na ham / la)
Chinese–Shì Búshì / Bùshì  (Shr / Boo Shr)
Croatian–da / ne  (dah / nay)
Czech–Ano / ne  (AH no / nay)
Finnish–kyllä / ei  (kil lah / ay)
French–Oui / non  (wee / no)
German–ja / nein  (yah / nine)
Italian–sì / no  (see / no)
Japanese–Hai / Iie  (Hai / Ee-Eh)
Korean–Ne / Aniyo  (Ne / Ah Nee Yo.)
Polish–tak / nie  (tak / nyeah)
Portuguese–Sim/Não  (seehm/na-oo)
Russian–Da / net  (Dah / nyet)
Spanish–sí / no  (see / no)
Swahili–ndio / la  (n dee' oh / lah)
Thai–Chai/Mai Chai  (CHAI / MAI CHAI)
Turkish–evet / hayir  (eh vet / hi year)
Vietnamese–Có / Không  (Caw / Kom)

We are all aware that "yes / no" (ndio / la) comes in handy almost at every turn or situation and that is why learning how to say it in Swahili is important. Get instant access to the Swahili Language Set and quickly catch up on all other phrases.

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