Pulling a phrase off the list a good friend of mine sent me to help out with spreading the Somali language was no easy task. Most were crazy long and dizzying to look at to say the least. I took the shortest, easiest and most useful I think, but you’ll need to use it in Somalia to get a good or bad look of approval or the opposite.
Since Somali isn’t spoken by a large population learning the language online for free will be a difficult task to accomplish. Start with this Fortunecity site. They offer a 600 word English to Somali dictionary and vice versa. You maybe able to find an exchange partner online at My Language Exchange, provided there are Somali speakers registered with the site. Your best bet would be travel within the country, finding a local tutor or purchasing language software from African Language dot com. Their CD-ROM is priced at $99 USD, so may wish to shop around before buying.
Past Somali words: maxaad shektay, qaalin, khapar, aabbe, waddan, magacaa