What do people speak in Tanzania?
Swahili is the official national language in Tanzania; however, Tanzania is a multilingual country. Tanzania’s various ethnic groups speak their own langue with their own community and according to Ethnologue, there are a total of 126 languages spoken in Tanzania. More and more people are speaking English now days as well, but Swahili will remain the main language.
When you are planning your holiday to Tanzania it will be highly appreciated if you can speak a little Swahili. You could try and learn a few words:
Habari: How are you?
Asante: Thank you
Kwa heri: Good bye
Tutaonana: See you later
Lala salama: Sleep well
Safari njema: Have a good trip/ have a good safari
Hamna shida: No problem
Hakuna matata: No worries
Happy practicing and we hope to welcome you in Tanzania! Karibu! (welcome!)