Language - Swahili


Teach Yourself SwahiliThe official language in Kenya is Swahili. Also common know and spoken is still English as an artifact of the colonial system of the British Empire. But not everyone in Kenya knows Swahili, in schools to learn Swahili is a must but every tribe has its own language, so especially in rural areas one still can find people who will understand neither Swahili nor English.

The pronounciation of Swahili is different from that of English, it's somehow similar to the pronounciation of German. The grammar is not that difficult, the most important structures are syllabels. Differnt syllables are responsible to make words, tenses and make possesive and reflective pronouns, together they make whole sentences.

Swahili is widespread in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and parts of Malawi and Zaire. Today about 45 million people in East Africa talk Swahili.

If you want to learn more check out the pages of the Kamusi Project and the online dictionary. If you want to learn Swahili you can buy various books. A really nice and good one is 'Swahili - A Complete Course For Beginners' which you can get in the 'Teach Yourself' Series of Hodder & Stoughton.

Can't imagine the sound of Swahili? So try this link and listen to the Deutsche Welle in Swahili. Right now you are prepared to start your self-studies. Maybe you send us an Email in Swahili or let us have a Swahili saying which you can find on the fabrics called Kangas for our proverbs section.



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