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Word or two about our translation tool

Kiswahili Hadi Kiingereza - Our Swahili to English Translation Tool is powered by Google Translation API. You can start typing in Swahili in the left-hand text area and then click on the "Translate" button. Our app will then translate your Swahili word, phrase, or sentence into English.

The translation only takes a few seconds and allows up to 500 characters to be translated in one request. Although this translation may not be 100% accurate, you can still get a basic idea, and with a few modifications, it can be quite accurate. This translation software is evolving day by day, and Google Engineers are continuously working on it to make Swahili to English translation more intelligent and accurate. Hopefully, one day it will produce near-perfect translations!

The Swahili language is widely spoken, with more than 60 million to over 150 million people around the world speaking it. For Swahili speakers whose English is not strong, translating from Swahili to English can be quite difficult. Many websites offer translation services for a fee. While it is a good idea to pay for translating large amounts of text (such as books or articles) or for professional services, there is no need to pay for commonly used sentences, greeting messages, and other informal uses. For these purposes, our tool can be quite helpful.

You can copy the translated text and then share it on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, or email it to your friends or family.

If you have any suggestions, or if you come across a translated sentence that is particularly funny, please share it with us on our Facebook page. And finally, don't forget to give us a like and share our page on Facebook with your loved ones.

Features you should know:

Swahili sentence and phrase will be translated into English meaning.

For E.g. typing:
"Kiswahili kwa kiasi kikubwa ni mchanganyiko wa lugha za kibantu za kienyeji na Kiarabu. Mbali na hilo pia ina mvuto wa Kiingereza, Kiajemi, Kireno, Kijerumani na Kifaransa." will be translated into "Swahili is predominantly a mix of local Bantu languages and Arabic. Besides it also has English, Persian, Portuguese, German and French influences."

Use our translator tool as Swahili to English dictionary.

For E.g.
"Kimapenzi" meaning in English will be "Romantic"
"Kushangaza" meaning in English will be "Amazing"

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Instant Online Translation.

Up to 500 characters can be translated into one request.

Unlimited translation.

Get translated text in Unicode fonts. This means you can copy and paste it anywhere on the Web or Desktop applications.

This translation tool is FREE.

Commonly Spoken Swahili to English Phrases

I Love you
Habari yako?
How are you?
Niko sawa na wewe?
I’m fine and you?
Jina lako nani?
What is your name?
Jina langu ni Omari
My name is Omari
Nimefurahi kukutana nawe
Pleased to meet you
Thank you
Samahani / Samahani
Excuse me / Sorry
Unaongea kiingereza?
Do you speak English?
Sizungumzi Kiswahili vizuri
I don’t speak Swahili well
I don’t understand
Tafadhali ongea polepole
Please speak slowly
Vyumba vya mapumziko viko wapi?
Where are the restrooms?
Je, ninaweza kubadilisha pesa?
Can I change money?
Hii ni bei gani?
How much is this?
Ni ghali sana!
It’s too expensive!
Tafadhali sema tena
Please say it again
Kushoto / kulia / moja kwa moja
Left / Right / Straight

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does Swahili To English text translation works?

Our translation service either uses Google or Microsoft to translate the text you have typed in Swahili.

Whenever you type a word, sentence or phrase in Swahili - we send API requests to either Google or Microsoft for a translation. In return, they send back a response with a translated text in English.

Their system uses machine-language technologies to bring together some cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (deep learning), big data, Web APIs, cloud computing etc to perform higher quality translations.

Can we download this translation service?

No. At a moment you can only use our Swahili translation online.

However, you can install the Chrome extension tool called Google Translate by visiting Google Translate Chrome Extension link.

Once this translation tool is installed, you can highlight and right-click the section of text and click on the "Translate" icon to translate it to the language of your choice. Furthermore, you can translate the entire web page by clicking on the "Translate" icon on the browser toolbar.

It supports over 100 languages.

What other tools do you have for Swahili Typing and Translation?

We have the following tools:

  1. Swahili Typing Input Tool (also known as Google Transliteration):

    With this tool you can type in English and get in Swahili. This makes typing in Swahili natural as you don’t need to remember complex Swahili keyboard layout. Please visit: Google Input Tool for Swahili to use this tool.

    This Swahili typing tool is FREE. Additionally, you can email the text you have typed to anyone - including yourself.

  2. Swahili Unicode Typing:

    Online Swahili unicode tool will automatically convert any roman text into unicode Swahili. Whenever you type any letter, you will get additional hints to make your typing easier.

  3. Swahili Speech Translator:

    Swahili speech translation service is provided by both Microsoft and Google. They both use their own cognitive services to translate spoken words and phrases into a language of your choice. For some languages, you will hear the translation spoken aloud.

    Microsoft Translator in particular powers speech translation features across its products which can be used for Live Presentation, In-Person or Remote Translated Communication (such as Skype), Media Subtitling, Customer support and Business Intelligence.

How do I translate Swahili Text from an Image to English?

Our Online software doesn't have a feature to translate Swahili Text from an Image.

If you have an Android or iPhone & iPad you can use your phone’s camera to translate signs or handwritten Swahili notes with the native Translate app. Follow this instruction guide.

For others and if you are using desktop and personal computer - you can use a well established third party website to do this.

We recommend, Yandex Swahili Image Translator.

Is this translation FREE?

Yes. This English to English text translation is absolutely FREE. You can use our translation tool for both personal and commercial use.

However, we have the following restrictions:

  1. Per Request Limit: At any time you can translate up to maximum of 500 per request. However, there is no restriction on the number of requests you can send.
  2. Daily Limit : While you can make a number of requests for translation, you won’t be able to translate if we run out of a daily quota.

These restrictions are placed to ensure that robots or automated software are not abusing this facilities.

Can I translate from English To Swahili?

Yes. To translate from English to Swahili visit this link.

Why is the translated text not accurate?

As explained earlier, the machine-language technology is used to perform the translation. This translation software is evolving every day and as time goes by the translation is going to be pretty accurate - especially for commonly used phrases and sentences.

At the moment, it is not perfect but our translation software is useful for those who need help framing the sentence and get a general idea on what the sentence or phrase is conveying the message.

For those who would like accurate translation - there are plenty of websites that provide human translators for translating Swahili to English.