Swahili BBC

August 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Learn Swahili - Swahili BBC

When Learning kiswahili you could use BBC Swahili: a great option would be to read the news in Swahili with a dictionary or translator at hand.

BBC Swahili can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/swahili/.

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The Swahilis of Maasai Mara – Kenya

March 8, 2008 by · 25 Comments 

Dive into the beauty of the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti … learn about the Swahilis … one of Africa’s most prominent tribes … The Swahili are a people and culture found on the coast of East Africa, mainly the coastal regions and the islands of Kenya and Tanzania, and north Mozambique. The name Swahili is derived from the Arabic word Sawahil, meaning “coastal dwellers”, and they speak the Swahili language. They also speak the official languages of their respective countries: English in Tanzania and Kenya, Portuguese in Mozambique, Somali in Somalia, and French in Comoros. Note that only a small fraction of those who use Swahili are first language speakers and even fewer are ethnic Swahilis. The Masai are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa, they are among the most well-known African ethnic groups internationally. They speak Maa, which is a part of the Nilo-Saharan language family — similar languages include Dinka, Nuer, Turkana — and Songhai, and are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania: Swahili and English. The Maasai population has been variously estimated as 377,089 from the 1989 Census or as 453,000 language speakers in Kenya in 1994[2] and 430,000 in Tanzania in 1993 with a total estimated as “approaching 900,000″ Estimates of the respective Maasai populations in both countries are complicated by the remote locations of many villages, and their semi-nomadic nature. Although the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, the people have clung to their age-old customs.

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Swahili Lessons

February 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, there is work to be done but there is also lots to talk about and learn. “Nguo” means “clothing”.

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SWAHILI LANGUAGE TEACHER PART 1

January 22, 2008 by · 25 Comments 

This DVD teaches over 70 basic swahili words that will give you a head start in learning Swahili Language. Kiswahili or swahili is spoken by all countries in Eastern Africa. It is the most spoken language in Africa.

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What is the best website to go to to learn Swahili?

January 14, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

I really wanna learn Swahili!!!!!!
How impressive. I admire that. My grandmother was African from Kenya and Grandfather was from Somali and both spoke Kiswahili aka Swahili, which is actually the most commonly spoken language in the sub-Saharan part of Africa. Are you going to be spending time in East Africa or do you just want to learn the language? Anyway I know a little Swahili but if you want to interact and learn from people who speak it fluently you might try going to the Kamusi Project online or you can purchase discs online at transparent.com, I’ve added the link below for you to view. I learned some words pretty quick using Rosetta stone but its kind of pricey. I’ll add that link too. I wish you the best in your learning experience. Have fun.

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Is it helpful to learn Swahili or do most people in Kenya speak English.?

January 1, 2008 by · 8 Comments 

I’m going to Kenya for a few weeks for a work-related trip in a couple of months. I could try to learn some Swahili, but am wondering if it is worth it if most everyone can speak English. I’ll be in Kisumu.
Yes it is always useful to learn a few basic words of the main language that is used in the country that your visiting, and Kenya is no exception! Although you will find that a large proportion of Kenyans will understand English, and speak it quite well, there are some that you will find that don’t. There are many dialects spoken in Kenya and it would be impossible to speak them all, so in the main, the Swahili language is the common language used to overcome this barrier. You can find some useful Swahili words and phrases on this site that may be of use to you. http://www.glcom.com/hassan/lessons/useful_swahili_words.html Hope that you find this helps.

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How can I learn to speak swahili online?

November 16, 2007 by · 7 Comments 

Is there any website, like babelfish, that can translate english to swahili? I realy need to learn it. I want to work in Africa when I get older and I think its best to start learning some now. Any ideas?

The babelfish website & another college website that used to be able to translate Swahili had to close due to lack of funding. Some of the Rosetta Stone or Berlitz courses may be accessible online.

Swahili is actually relatively easy to pick up as a language. Unlike English, each letter is pronounced the same way every time it’s used, so you don’t have to worry about dipthongs or changing sounds. Also, double vowels (like “oo”) are just long o sounds, like the English “boat” not “pool”.

Good luck with the swahili. Utaweza kufahamu Swahili. Hongera sana.

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