LESSON #101: Je, wajua? (#12)…The Lion King

(credit to animationsource.org & jenmasafaris.com)

Note: I haven’t watched the movie as much as many people have but I do remember a lot of memorable Swahili phrases and names which are on here. Of course I stand thoroughly corrected on some of the names, I pretty much borrowed the list from the cited sources above but I trust they are right on point. Any other movies with Swahili references that you can recommend? Let us know via the comment section below.

Motomoto– hot, fantastic

Simba– lion

Hakuna matata– no worries

Rafiki– friend

Pumbaa– slow witted, dumb

Nala- means gift

Sarabi– mirage

Kopa- (Simab’s son in a book series) means heart

Shenzi- means savage

Banzai- skulk or lurk

Kovu- scar

Zira- hate

Nuka- means stink

Vitani was originally going to be called Shetani which means devil. (although vita also means war and when you add ni it changes to at war)

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4 Responses to LESSON #101: Je, wajua? (#12)…The Lion King

  1. Nico says:

    I want to highlight Michael Jackson’s Song Liberian Girl; just a few Swahili words, but still 🙂 (no movie – I don’t care)

    And, if I’m not mistaken, there’s this Mombasa scene in Inception, though I’m not sure if any Swahili spoken as it’s been some years since I’ve seen the movie.

    Apart from that, is mazigazi = sarabi for mirage known or used as well? Or is it one of those words the dictionary gives and at the same betrays the hell out of you?

  2. fun~lugha says:

    Hi Nico!
    I don’t care either so MJ goes ha ha! The words are Nakupenda pia nakutaka pia which means “I love you too, I want you too”.
    Haven’t watched Inception so not sure about it, if you shared a clip that’d be fantastic
    Mazigazi does also mean mirage but let me not lie to you this is the first time am also hearing either word, they are not usually what you’d find in everyday vocabulary as am sure you’d agree. But my faithful kamusi says they both mean the same thing so we go with that.

  3. Nico says:

    Aaasantey, check this scene here from Inception, highly recommendable movie! Starting at 1:20 min

  4. fun~lugha says:

    Oh boy! Lazy ears syndrome-I could hardly hear anything plus to me he sounded like he wasn’t really speaking full sentences just throwing words here and there!
    Anyways not 100% sure but this is what I heard-once again I stand thoroughly corrected.
    Cheers Nico!

    Mzungu-white man
    Maneno gani?– what words? (or perhaps in very bad Swahili he was asking what’s the problem? just guessing here)
    Sitaki! Sitaki!– I don’t want I don’t want
    Nchi yako hii?– Is this your country?
    Sitaki kabisa!– I absolutely don’t want!
    Mwangalie mzungu– look at the white man
    Watu wabaya– (these are) bad people
    Hata Mungu– Even God (he could have said hata mzungu-meaning even a white man, not sure)

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