How to say you are welcome in Swahili: karibu

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How to say you are welcome in Swahili: karibu

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

To say you are welcome in Swahili: karibu
Say it out loud: “kah ree' boo

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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 you are welcome in other languages!

Arabic–Ahlan bek / La shukr Ala Wajeb  (ah lan bek / la shuk ala wajeb)
Chinese–Búkèqì  (Boo Kuh Chee)
Croatian–nema na čemu  (nay ma nah chay moo)
Czech–Není zač  (neh nee ZAHCH)
Finnish–Ole hyvä  (oh leh hih vah)
French–De rien  (deh ree anh)
German–bitte  (bit tuh)
Italian–prego  (preh goh)
Japanese–Douitashimashite  (Dough Ee Tah Shee Mah Shee Teh)
Korean–Cheonmaneyo.  (Chun Man Ae Yo.)
Polish–Nie ma za co  (Nyeah ma zah' tzo)
Portuguese–De Nada  (jee nah dah)
Russian–Na zdorovye  (Nah zdah roh vye)
Spanish–de nada  (day nah dah)
Swahili–karibu  (kah ree' boo)
Thai–Mai Pen Rai  (mai pen rai)
Turkish–bir şey değil  (bee shay deal)
Vietnamese–Không Có Chi  (Khom Caw Chee)

"You are welcome" is a great common courtesy word to learn in any language. It encourages listening to the the person you are talking to. Once you recognize someone express gratitude, for instance a restauranteur will thank you for visiting, you can reply with you are welcome. Whether you are in Italy and can reply prego, prego, or Korea where you might say cheonmaneyo, engaging in a little dialogue in a foreign language is such a rewarding experience. Did that help? You're welcome!

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