Some updates

March 24, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Lesson 2 has just been added, check it out. View all the lessons on the Swahili Text Course Page

Additionally we will start collecting information on Swahili schools and premium Swahili courses over the coming months.

Best regards

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Learning Swahli Text Course

March 21, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Lesson 1 has now been uploaded of the Swahili Text Course.

Check out the first lesson on the Swahili alphabet and Swahili pronunciation

Further lessons will be updated frequently.

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Swahili Common Converstation Vocabulary

September 3, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

Welcome = karibu
Thank you = asante sana
What is your name? = jina lako nani?
Bye and bye/so-so = kwaheri
God bless you = mungu akubariki
Praise the Lord! = bwana asifiwe
Howdy! = jambo!
Don’t worry = usiogope
Good morning = harari ya asabuhi Friend = rafiki
What is the news? = habari gani

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Swahili Language & Culture on the net

September 3, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Here are some interesting Swahili related posts i have found recently that i can recommend to check out:

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Improving interaction with site visitors

September 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

We are trying to improve the interaction with our visitors, hence we have implemented a Voting option.

The Voting option will come in handy with reviewing Swahili Schools, Swahili Courses etc.

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Learning Swahili for Free Through Music – Jambo Bwana

August 29, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

Part of the Free Swahili Course we offer will be supplemented with some Swahili Music Videos. Its a fun way of expanding and reinforcing your Swahili vocabulary.

Here is the first music video

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Swahili Pronounciation

August 29, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Ive been asked by a loyal reader to give some more information about Swahili Pronunciation prior to our free Swahili course.

Swahili Pronunciation
The Swahili alphabet is identical to that of English, with the exception of X and Q, which do not exist. Most consonants have almost the same pronunciation as English. The vowels have specific pronunciation rules, which are never broken.

Swahili Vowel Sounds
a … Father
e … Egg
i … Bee
o … Door (be careful not to ‘close’ the o sound at the end, as in low)
u … Loop

Special Swahili Consonant Sounds
The following combination’s of consonants create specific sounds, some identical to the English equivalent.

dh … there (do not confuse with thanks)
th … thanks (do not confuse with there)
sh … shopping
ch … church (never charlatan or chemistry)
ng … jingles (do not confuse with sing)
ng’ … sing (do not confuse with jingles)

Note that whenever m is followed by another consonant, there is no vowel sound between the two letters. Similarly, when pronouncing a word beginning with m, the mouth should be closed to begin with – there should be no vowel sound before the m.

In Swahili, there are no silent letters, and neither do letters change pronunciation depending on spelling, as in English (compare cough and through). Each letter is pronounced individually, the same way every time. This rule is true for vowels as well as consonants.

Note that the consonant combination gh is generally pronounced like g, though technically it is similar to Scottish loch, but voiced.

Swahili Emphasis
The emphasis, or accent, is almost always placed on the second-to-last syllable of a word. The exceptions to this rule are extremely rare, and are usually found in words borrowed from other languages, mostly Arabic (for example, maalum).

In the case of doubled vowels or vowel combination’s, each vowel is a syllable in itself and is pronounced separately (for example, the word maalum actually has three syllables, as each ‘a’ is pronounced individually).

Thank you for asking, please do not hesitate to use our contact form if you have any questions

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Swahili Translation options

August 27, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Aside from the great living dictionary the Kamusi Project offers Google Translate has opened up its doors for Swahili translation.

It will still take some time before the Google tool, will be flawless as they usually start feeding the tool with official United Nations Documents. In time though the translations will get more accurate.

Head to and try for yourself. Additionally we will start working on implementing it right on our site.

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August 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Hi all,

some comment and question was sent recently:

You know what would be really great – if you did the Swahili word of the day!

I am anxiously waiting for the free course. Any update?

I really like the idea of a “swahili word of the day” – What topics would you like to get covered? Either send it through our contact form or post a comment on here.

We are still working on the free Swahili course at the moment, but as its taking too long we will soon launch the unedited version of it. You will not be dissapointed.

Best Regards,

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Basic Swahili Vocabulary & Numbers

August 24, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Here are some basic Swahili words and Phrases followed by some numbers in swahili. Whats nice about Swahili is that its a phonetic language, which makes pronunciation easy.

English vs. Swahili
Hello = Jambo
How are you? = Habari?
Welcome/Come closer = Karibu
(very) Fine = Nzuri (sana)
Thanks (very much) = Ahsante (sana)
Please = Tafadhali
Mister/Sir = Bwana
Mrs/Ma’am = Mama
Good-bye = Kwaheri
Peace = Salama
Yes = Ndio
No = Hapana
OK = Sawa
No problem = Hakuna matata
Where? = Wapi?
Here = Hapa
There = Hapo
How much? = Bei gani
Food = Chakula
Water = Maji
Shop = Duka
Me = Mimi
You = Wewe

Counting in Swahili:
One = Moja
Two = Mbili
Three = Tatu
Four = Nne
Five = Tani
Six = Sita
Seven = Saba
Eight = Nane
Nine = Tisa
Ten = Kumi
Hundred = Mia
Thousand = Elfu

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