BYKI Swahili Home Study Software Review

March 24, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

BYKI is one of the few premium language learning providers offering a Swahili Course. The course will not cover deep fundamentals or grammar structures of the Swahili language. However its a decent program to increase your vocabulary and basic Swahili. It is software so you will either need a pc or a mac to get it running.

Below some photos that give a bit of a impression what it has to offer:

On the first Photo you can see a example Swahili conversation

Below Show a nice tool to keep track of your progress

Below a activity shot to improve your Swahili pronunciation.

Below a list of the features:

  • The most critical words and phrases
  • Personalized learning sessions to speed your progress
  • Images and native speaker sound
  • Recognize spoken words
  • Lock words and phrases into your permanent memory
  • Maintain your knowledge with Intelligent Refresh
  • Track your progress with comprehensive testing
  • Perfect your accent with pronunciation practice
  • Cement your knowledge with games and activities
  • Learn thousands of extra words and phrases online at ListCentral
  • Create and share word lists with users around the world
  • MP3 audio for your iPod or other mobile player
  • Printable flashcards

All in all if you fully complete this course and use it for practice you should be able to pick up 1000 swahili words and the most usefull Kiswahili sentences. If you have any questions about the BYKI Swahili software or if you have used it and want to share your thoughts please post in the comment section.

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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

Learn Swahili . net

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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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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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Learn Swahili Tips – 1/6

August 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Learn Swahili . Net 6 important Tips on How to Learn the Swahili Language Fast

Seeing the increasing amount of interest to learn Swahili, we have felt the urge providing you with some tips on how to proceed . Many are planning holiday to Tanzania or other Swahili regions aside from the usual benefits of mastering a second language. That all aside we would all like to learn a language as fast as possible.

Learn Swahili Fast Tip 1:
Do not procrastinate. Once you set a time-plan and resources, stick to it for at least a month. Then evaluate your progress and make modifications on your following month if needed. maybe within that month you have learned what you intended to.

Tip 2 on learning Swahili fast will be coming soon, be sure to bookmark us.

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Swahili to english translation, please ?

November 28, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

This is a song my little daughter learned from a movie, about three years ago, and she still sings it at bedtime sometimes, she uses it as a lullaby for her dolls, She’s only five yr old, but has a very good memory, and retention skills.

The sound of it is very calming and relaxing for her, that she insists that I sing fo her sometimes, But what bothers me is the fact that I don’t know what we are singing. I’m clueless about the meaning of this words:

” Imba wimbo wa upepo
wakati unajiwa na
Imba wimbo wa upepo
wakati ndoto tamu

Lala mpaka usiku uisheni
upepu wa usiku wimbo wakona
Wimbu Wangu Unendelea
Imba wimbo wa upepo
wakati unajiwa na
Imba wimbo wa upepo
wakati ndoto tamu

Lala mpaka usiku uisheni
upepu wa usiku wimbo wakona

Upepu wa usiku wimbo wakona

Unaendelea milele”

Can anybody help?

Thanks, I’ ts from the movie Mighty Joe Young, indeed.
For those who wonder, here’ s the song:

And here’ s Charlize Theron (the movie star) singing it.
Still my personal favorite is the one with the African Choir.
It’s called Windsong :)

Sing a song
And for a moment
You will be visited by the wind

Sing a song
And for a moment
Dream sweetly of the wind

Sleep now until the night is dawn
The wind and the night song, they are there
However the song, my child, will go on forever.

Bye :)

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what does uko wapi lakini mean?

November 18, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

what does uko wapi lakini mean? I need a Swahili to English translation

but where are you?

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What is the swahili translation of this phrase?

November 14, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

What is the swahili translation of this phrase? : Good Afternoon! We are representing our class! I am (name) and (name).

Anyways Mark here’s the correct translation”jambo or habari or you can say “habari za mchana” for good afternoon. Sisi tunaliwakilisha darasa letu.mimi ni( name)na (name)for the last sentence if you are intending to say something like “i am a student and my name is mark”it’s mimi ni(student/mwanafunzi)na jina langu ni mark.
Hope i helped and if you need more clarification feel free to write to me.i’ll help whenever i can


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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’

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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