If you want to get to know a country’s culture learn its language. I’m sure you heard that or similar sentences many times and no wonder, because it’s true! There are so many things hidden in the language – history, social customs, relations between different groups, local humour and much more.
Learning a language is a fascinating journey, especially if the language is not similar to your mother tongue or uses a different alphabet. Today, we would like to encourage you to learn a few phrases in Kinyarwanda. A language spoken in Rwanda. Here is a taste of the language which might come handy when travelling to Rwanda. We have also included a few helpful links, if you would like to learn and expand your knowledge on the language.
Gira Amahirwe! (Good luck!)
For the start, watch this video and learn pronunciation of basic phrases in Kinyarwanda.
Below are basic phrases that you may find helpful in the beginning:
Good morning: MwahRahMootZAY (Mwaramutse)
Good afternoon: MweeReeWay (Mwiriwe)
How are you? AhMahKooRoo? (Amakuru)
I’m fine: MAYzay NAYzah (Meze neza)
Thank you: MooRahKohZay (Murakoze)
Yes: YAYgo (Yego)
No: Oya (Oya)