Kenya Communication

Phone

After purchasing a starter SIM card you may access the net instantly, if you have a Internet-capable handset or a modem. However, when using your account balance to pay for access, the prices are steep. It is much cheaper to purchase a data bundle, and the more expensive ones offer much better price/limit ratio.

Language

English and Swahili are the two official languages. English was inherited from Kenya’s British colonial past. English is the language of choice in business, academics and social set-ups in Kenya. Swahili is the national language of Kenya. It is a unifying African language spoken by nearly 100 percent of the Kenyan population.

*useful phrases

Hello-Jambo

Good morning-Habari ya asubuhi

Good afternoon-Habari ya mchana

Good evening-Habari ya jioni

Good night-Usiku mwema

Thank you-Asante

I love you-Nakupenda

Excuse me-Samahani

Can I please have. . . -Tafadhali nipatie. . .

Please-Tafadhali

You are welcome-Karibu

Sorry-Pole

No problem!-Hakuna matata!

My name is. . . -Ninaitwa/Jina langu ni. . .

What is your name?-Unaitwa nani?

Where are you from?-Unatoka wapi?

I come from. . . -Ninatoka. . .

How much money?-Shillingi ngapi?

Don’t worry-Usijali

Do you speak English? -Unajua kizungu?

Pardon-Samahani

Good/Fine-Sawa/Sawasawa

What?-Nini?

Why?-Kwa nini?

Where?-Wapi?

Who?-Nani?

Internet

Internet services are readily available especially in the urban centres. Internet cafes are common throughout Kenya and usually offer decent link quality. Expect prices of KES0. 5-3/min depending on the locality of the cafe.