How to say sorry in Swahili

How to apologize in Swahili

There are specific words that are commonly used when apologizing g in Swahili. The most common of those is ‘samahani’

Conversation 1

JANE: Ah! umenikanyagabn  mguu (you stepped on my foot)

PAUL: Samahani! (sorry). Kuna mtu amenisukuma kwa nyuma (somebody pushed me from behind).

JANE: Haya, sawa (ok,well).

Conversation 2

MARK: Jamani! (goodness). Umemwaga soda yangu (you poured my soda)

Jack: Samahani sana! (very sorry). Ni bahati mbaya (it’s a bad luck).

MARK: Kuwa mwangalifu, bwana (be careful, guy).

JACK: Haya (ok).

Conversation 3

SAM: Aise! (oh!) Umechana shati langu (you tore my shirt)

DAVID: Naomba msamaha (I ask for forgiveness)

SAM: Usijali (don’t worry).

Conversation 4

MWAJUMA: Jamani! Unanisukuma (you’re pushing me)

MWANGAKE: Samahani sana (very sorry). Nisamehe tafadhali (forgive me please).

MWAJUMA: Ondoa wasiwasi (worry no).

Conversation 5

MANKA: Aa! Umemwaga maji yangu (you poured my water)

SANGA: Naomba radhi tafadhali, nisamehe. MANKA: Haya, hakuna shida (no problem).  

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