balozi (mabalozi)NG1ambassadorKagaluka mwambizi ywa balozi ywa Somaliya mwe Darsalamu. (Arbow)He became assistant ambassador from Somalia in Dar es Salaam.Balozi wa Marikani kalava hutuba kwa Chisuwahili Tanzaniya.The American ambassador gave a speech in Swahili in Tanzania.The singular is NG1 while the plural is NG3. See: ubalozi.
balutiNG51gunpowder(s)Bundiki ino baluti yake ni sumu nkhali.This gun's gunpowder is fiercely poisonous.2bullet(s)Wamlombeza Mzungu mafuti na baluti. (Arbow)They asked a White for rifles and bullets.3report of a gunBaluti yalongozezwa madege ya mwe honde.The report of a gun was used to chase away birds on the farm.Siwafoloseza baluti wabuga wadya.I've spooked out those rabbits with the report of a gun.4phosphorousBaluti ya mo mti wa chiribiti inagomolwa haukwaka.The phosphorous of the match stick, when it's stripped off, it (= match stick) won't light.5matchhead(s)Chiribiti chino baluti yake igomoka.This match's head has been stripped off.6cone(s) of matchheadsBaluti ino sifoloseza wabuga na we mdani mwe di tuwa.This cone of matchheads, I used it to flush rabbits out from within the bush.This is an aluminum cone stuffed with matchheads to make a small explosion when lit. The cone is made by pouring molten aluminum from cans into a paper cone mold with a nail stuck through it. When the aluminum dries the nail is pulled out leaving a fuse hole.
bamba (mabamba)11AdjdullNgula ino i bamba.This knife is dull.Ngola zino zi bamba.These knives are dull,2NG3dull knife or swordNgola ino ni bamba.This knife is a dull knife.
bamba (mabamba)2NG31mud dauber waspMndani mwe nyumba yetu siona nyumba ya bamba.Inside our house I saw a mud dauber's nest.2booted bantumNguku i hundu ina mazoya matitu na yakungala yetangwa bamba.A red chicken that has black and white feathers is called a booted bantum (?).
bambo (mabambo)NG3love belt (made of beads)Nakaula bambo. Sidipata.I'm looking for a love belt. I found it.Mkazangu anivaira bambo kila chiro.My wife wears a love belt for me every night.This belt is worn by women next to the skin under all other clothing, or with no other clothing. It is given to a young woman at the end of the bwinda ritual. It is especially worn during love-making and is only shown to husbands or lovers, and the latter take delight in seeing it.
Bamira1NG3clan BamiraRheri ya Bamira ni yangu.The clan of Bamira is mine.Miye ni rheri ya Bamira.I am of the clan Bamira.Baba wanawe we mdani mo ukolo wa Bamira.Grandfather's descendants are in the clan of Bamira.This noun is always singular; there is no plural form. See: Mbamira, Wabamira. This clan was started by one of Mwaliko's grandfathers.2NPropBamiraMananisi yao ni Mvungwe, Miyono na Bamira.Their nicknames are Mvungwe, Miyono and Bamira.man's nickname
bamphamuAdjthickDole dyangu idi kulu ni bamphamu.My thumb is thick.Dyero sidya piza bamphamu.Today I ate a thick pizza.
banda (mabanda)NG3hutSizenga banda miye nomwenye.I built a hut all by myself.See: kabanda.
bandariNG51harbor(s)Kuchimala markebu mbiri kwe bandari zikulawa uswero.There were two ships that stopped in the harbor that came from the west.2city (big)Magereza yazengeswa mwe bandari.Tall buildings have been built a lot in the city.Kuishi bandari kuna faida nyingi ya masomo.Living in a city has many opportunities for studying.3cities (big)
bandechi (mabandechi)NG3bandageKatogola kuvala bandechi mwe chiga akavina mpira.She likes to wear a bandage on the leg when playing ball.
bandera< ItNG5flag(s)Bandera ya Marikani yapeperesa.The American flag flaps too much.Apeperesa bandera ko u mlima.He is waving a flag on the mountain.
bandiyaNG5illegal(ity)Bangi ni bandiya.Pot is illegal.Bangi si bandiya mwe steti ya "Oregon".Pot is not illegal in the state of Oregon.Sono udyanmanye chintru (cha) bandiya!Don't do anything illegal!Watagadyi viya va bandiya wagwirwa ni maaskari.Sellers of illegal things were caught by the authorities.See: chi bandiya, kibandiya.
bangaNG1buddyBanga, nongeza,,nongeza.Buddy, add me [some more], add me [some more].Banga nneka!Buddy, leave me alone!This probably a short form of mbwanga.This is an informal form of address among males.
bangi (mabangi)NG31marijuanaBangi dino diputwa.This marijuana has been smoked.Bangi ni bandiya mwe steti ya Origon.Marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon.Mtaga bangi avuta bangi.A marjuana seller smokes pot.2potBangi ni halali mwe steti ya Origon.Pot is legal in the state of Oregon.Kuputa bangi ni halali mwe steti ya Origon.To smoke pot is legal in the state of Oregon.Kuputa bangi ni haramu mwe steti ya Aidhaho.To smoke pot is illegal in the state of Idaho.Siwai kuputa bangi.I've dared to smoke pot.3hempMiti ya bangi piya yadyamanyizwa makambala.Plants of hemp are also used for making ropes.
bantri (mabantri)NG31doorAgongonda idi bantri.He is knocking on the door.Bantri dyatowigwa.The door is being pounded on.Vugala bantri idyo!Close that door (near you)!Nakomera idi bantri.I'm locking the door.bantri dye nyumbadoor of the houseSee: mbantri.2gateChabedelishana he di bantri.We're switching [places] at the gate.Kila bantri ya moro dina michintra midi.Every gate of the corral has two locking bars.
BantuNG5BantuWatuhu ni wa Bantu wenye isi. (Arbow)Others are from Bantu countries themselves.Bantu yamaanisha want.Bantu means people.Chikamba ni luga ya chi Bantu ikulongwa zaidi mwe Kenya.Kamba is a language in the Bantu stock that is spoken a lot in Kenya.Chikalanje ni luga imwenga ya chi Bantu.Kalanje is one language in the Bantu stock.Chilima ni luga ya chi Bantu sichimanyize.Lima is a Bantu language that I don't know.chi Bantuin the manner of Bantu = Bantu stock or familySee: Mbantu; Shambjhara.
bao (mabao)NG3board (long and thin)Picha ntratu zibandikizwa mo u bao.Three photos were attached to the board.Naunga bao dimwenga ni(di)dumule.I need one board to cut (it).
baranda< Som < ItNG5veranda(s)Nyumba yangu siizengera baranda.My house, I built it with a veranda.See alternate pronunciation: varanda.
Barawa1NG9Barawa (town)Barawa ni kaya ama mahali aho Wazigula waseere mwe Somaliya.Barawa is the town or place where Kiziguans descended into Somalia.This is a small town in Somalia.2NG5
barazaNG51veranda(s)Sikala hano he baraza ningirwe ni mbeho.I'm sitting here on the veranda so I get fresh air.2living room(s)Wadyeni wose siwatandikira dyavi he baraza.I spread out a rug in the living room for all the visitors.
baruwaNG51mailAbhobho kanilagiziza Dhadhiri akasinye baruwa zangu.[My] older brother asked Dadiri to check my mail for me.Naunga bhaksha mbiri nitumire baruwa zangu.I need two envelopes with which to send my mail2letter(s)Kawandika baruwa.She wrote a letter (and mailed it).Kaniwandikira (miye) baruwa.She wrote me a letter.Natuma baruwa.I'm sending letters.Chihokera baruwa mbiri.We received two letters.Sinkhirizwa baruwa ikulawa Kenya.I was given a letter from Kenya.Nna hanshi mbiri za kuwandikira baruwa.I have two sheets of paper for writing letters.Sadhiya na Mwaliko wawandikirana baruwa.Sadiya and Mwaliko write letters to each other.Baruwa za wadyibiywa zidyereni mwe sanduku ino!Put the letters that have been answered in the chest!3envelope(s)Kaniguire baruwa mbiri na stampu mbiri!Go buy me two envelopes and two stamps!
basiAdv1onlyNavala vishano basi.I only wear five of them (shoes).2enoughWonga mazi naho? -- Basi.Do you want water again? -- [I've had] Enough.3stop!Basi! sono wite safari luvi!Stop! Don't go on a trip tomorrow!4that's it!Sikukunga male, basi!I don't want you at all, that's it!5OKNaita DiSi. -- Basi, hita ero!I'm going to D.C. -- OK, go then!Chimtuliza mame dyero. -- Basi nachimtulize!We upset mom today. -- OK, let's pacify her!
basi (mabasi)1< EngNG3busBasi sidikosha.The bus, I missed itNangodya basi.I'm waiting for a bus.Sitira basi.I went by bus.Wantru wosi mwe di basi watumbula ndiro.All the people on the bus started to mourn.See: mwigala(dyi) basi, kabasi.