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).

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KENYA TOURISM ONLINE ANTHEM

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Wellcome to Kenya Tourism Online national anthem

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English to Kiswahili translation?

November 10, 2008 by · 5 Comments 

English to Kiswahili translation?
How do you say these words/phrases in Swahili:
‘love’ (the idea – ie NOT I love, NOT he loves, etc.)
‘Unity through education’
‘World Peace through education’
‘Opportunity’

if you know any african phrases (english or swahili) similar to these topics, that would be great as well. please no online dictionary translations.

love = penzi
ni kweli penzi jipya lina nguvu za ajabu= It’s true that new love has amazing strength.
Opportunity= nafasi
Unity through education= Umoja kutipia elimu
World peace through education= Amani ya duniani kutipia elimu.

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Swahili song Cheza – X Plastaz (African rap)

October 27, 2008 by · 19 Comments 

No Bongo flava: strictly Tanzanian hip hop with Kiswahili and Maasai lyrics.

Latest video by Tanzanian rap group X Plastaz who toured the world with their trademark Maasai hip hop style. After the conscious rap song Nini dhambi, the new video Cheza (‘dance’) is about having a good time. It shows rare on-stage and behind-the-scenes footage from their tours in Europe (Brussels, Amsterdam, London), South America (Brazil: Rio and Salvador) and Gabon (Libreville at Gabao hip hop festival).

With raps by the late Faza Nelly and a beat made by Dutch producer Kid Sundance with a sound reminiscent of Slum Village or Jdilla / Jay Dee.

Edit: Marc Schapink, post production: Thomas Gesthuizen (J4) & Paul Kempe.
Song produced by Kid Sundance

NB this clip is slightly off sync, a youtube problem. I will try to upload another format that will cause less sync issues.

See www.xplastaz.com and www.myspace.com/xplastaz for more about X Plastaz.

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African music – hip hop from Africa: X Plastaz (Swahili)

October 20, 2008 by · 27 Comments 

Not Bongo Flava, this is East African / Tanzanian Hip Hop. Last video of the late mc Faza Nelly from X Plastaz, Tanzania’s most well known hip hop crew who merge Swahili rap and traditional Maasai music. This video to the song ‘Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki?’ about poverty in Tanzania was partly recorded on top of Ol Doinyo Lengai, a remote, active volcano and the Maasai’s ‘Mountain of God’ which had its 1st major eruption in years the day after Nelly died.

(Chorus, Yamat singing a traditional Maasai song)

Languages: Kiswahili and Maa (kiMaasai)

Produced by dj Threesixty (Bamba Nazar), video by J4 (Thomas Gesthuizen).

Postproduction istance Manuel Rodrigues.

More info and music at www.xplastaz.com and www.myspace.com/xplastaz

And check out more on African hip hop at www.africanhiphop.com

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Play for Learning Kiswahili – My World

October 20, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Learn Kiswahili through play.
Kids Just Love IT!

Play for Learning – My World is an educational software for children between the ages of 2 and 10. It is entertaining and very effective at teaching children Kiswahili as a first or second language.
The software develops the child’s numeracy and literacy skills and seamlessly merges children’s development of non-verbal skills and spatial recognition with the acquisition of Kiswahili through play.
Key features:
It has more than 400 words / statements that children need to learn during early years.
It has over 20 stimulating learning environments such as My Home, The Park, The City and more.
It contains simple suggestions for play / learning activities for adults to refer to.
It has animated textual prompts that encourage children to read.
It uses native Swahili children’s voices and has printable colouring frames
Children find Play for Learning – My World interesting and fun. They click away happily even with minimal instructions.
Visit developer’s website: www.playforlearning.co.uk

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Play for Learning Kiswahili – My World

September 15, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Play for Learning – My World is an educational software for children between the ages of 2 and 10. It is entertaining and very effective at teaching children Kiswahili as a first or second language.
The software develops the child’s numeracy and literacy skills and seamlessly merges children’s development of non-verbal skills and spatial recognition with the acquisition of Kiswahili through play.
Key features:
It has more than 400 words / statements that children need to learn during early years.
It has over 20 stimulating learning environments such as My Home, The Park, The City and more.
It contains simple suggestions for play / learning activities for adults to refer to.
It has animated textual prompts that encourage children to read.
It uses native Swahili children’s voices and has printable colouring frames
Children find Play for Learning – My World interesting and fun. They click away happily even with minimal instructions.

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Play for Learning Kiswahili – Shapes and Colours

September 15, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The software teaches your child 2D, 3D shapes, colours and other objects in real life presented in Kiswahili and English.

It seamlessly merges children’s development of non-verbal skills and spatial recognition with the acquisition of Kiswahili through play.

Key features:

The software is very effective at teaching 2D, 3D shapes and Colours.

It helps to develop your child’s numeracy and artistic skills.

It has suggestions for play / learning activities for adults to refer to.

It has plenty of textual prompts that encourage children to read.

Play for Learning – Shapes and Colours uses native Swahili children speakers and has over 300 new words / statements to learn!

You can print your own colour chart to hang on the wall and as well print a variety of colouring frames

Age: 2-10 years

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Africa music – Swahili rap: X Plastaz (Hi Quality version)

August 23, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

High Quality version (select ‘watch in high quality’).
Not Bongo Flava, this is East African / Tanzanian Hip Hop. Last video of the late mc Faza Nelly from X Plastaz, Tanzania’s most well known hip hop crew who merge Swahili rap and traditional Maasai music. This video to the song ‘Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki?’ about poverty in Tanzania was partly recorded on top of Ol Doinyo Lengai, a remote, active volcano and the Maasai’s ‘Mountain of God’ which had its 1st major eruption in years the day after Nelly died.

Languages: Kiswahili and Maa (kiMaasai)

LYRICS:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus…

TRANSLATION:

http://www.xplastaz.com/v2/ninidhambi…

More info and music at www.xplastaz.com and www.myspace.com/xplastaz
And check out more on African hip hop at www.africanhiphop.com

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