While many people speak English in East Africa, there will likely be times where tourists will only encounter those who speak Swahili. Which is why knowing some Swahili is very helpful, especially if you’re planning to travel around Mombasa and other coastal areas. Swahili is an official language in four countries in East Africa, including the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and it’s also spoken in several other parts of the region. While you don’t have to pronounce all the key phrases perfectly, just the simple effort of trying is sure to please the people you’re communicating with. Here are some helpful Swahili phrases for travelers in East Africa.