Jambo. Karibu. Asante sana. Knowing some of the local language of a place is such a wonderful way of coming closer to understanding the culture that you have chosen to immerse yourself in. Names and words carry weight, and there is a power in being able to connect on that deeper level. Addressing someone in Swahili, one of Kenya’s two official languages, will undoubtedly be met with a wide grin and an appreciative nod. Anyone who has ever been to Kenya will immediately recognise these words, no doubt smiling to themselves as they remember the warmth with which they were uttered, the welcoming feeling of being greeted with a smile and a gentle handshake, as they embarked on their journey into this fascinating East African country.