Even though the basic phrases in any language are normally picked up pretty quickly once you’re in the country, I hate arriving knowing nothing. Is it just me or does it make you feel ignorant and very British? If it does here’s a few phrases to get down before your arrive! Also do some ‘research’ to learn all the animal names by watching The Lion King. (E.g Puma = warthog, Simba = Lion)

Jambo! – Hello

Mambo? – How are you?

Poor! – Cool! (Used in response to How are you? and just about everything else)

Assanti – Thank you

Muzunga – White people (normally not meant derogatorily)