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11 things you will always hear Kenyans say

Kenyans always say these

We use these colloquialisms the way a driver uses her car keys.

This is our slang, there are many others like it, but this one is ours.

Here are 11 statements Kenyans just love to make.

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“Me I…”

We start almost every sentence this way. Especially when we’re talking about our favourite subject- ourselves.

“Personally…”

Somehow we convinces ourselves this adverb is a perfect replacement for the first person pronoun I and sometimes we even butcher the queen’s language further by saying “Personally I…”.

“Imagine”

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“As in…”

This one can be used to show the urgency of a situation or add emphasis on something. E.g., “I am telling you he was so rich! As in!”

“Naenda hivi nakam”

/näë·n·d·ä hï·vï nä·kä·m/

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Kenyan proverb

Used by Kenyans when trying to avoid a situation that makes them uncomfortable. Predominantly a lie that’s meant to make the person being avoided feel at ease.

Example. Mose:         Where’s my money.

Windsor:   I’ll bring it. Acha niende hivi nakam.

“Tutaongea”

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(We’ll talk)

Used when a conversation is to be cut short by one participant.

“Umepotea”

(Haven’t heard from you in a while)

This is a popular one. Kenyans love using it after reuniting with someone they haven’t heard from in a long time.

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“Niomeona message yako tu saa hii”

(Just seen your message)

Usually used when a recipient of a message took forever to respond to it. Can occasionally double as an apology.

“Sikuwa na credit”

(I didn’t have airtime)

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When you don’t call back.

“Itakuwaje”

Direct translation: What will it be?

Can be used as a greeting or to find out what the plan for the day is.

Otherwise

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Honestly, even I don’t understand this one. But it can be a greeting, as a conjunction, as a general response or something Kenyans say because it rolls of the tongue well, I guess.

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