Learn Swahili

Hey Y’all. That’s how we say hello in countrybonics. Lol..

I’ve always wanted to learn other languages. Over the next few months, I’m going to introduce some simple tutorial videos to give us the basics on about 8 different languages. Throughout each month I’ll share words and phrases on my FB page for us to practice together.

The 1st is Swahili. I debated whether to begin with this over more mainstream options, like Spanish, for example. We’ll get to Spanish. For now, though, I want to do something a little closer to my heart.

Here’s a little about Swahili according to a Wikipedia entry on the language.

“The Swahili language or Kiswahili[5] is a Bantu language and the mother tongue of the Swahili people. It is spoken by various communities inhabiting the African Great Lakes region and other parts of Southeast Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.[6] The closely related Comorian language, spoken in the Comoros Islands, is sometimes considered a Swahili dialect.

Although only around five million people speak Swahili as their mother tongue,[7] it is used as a lingua franca in much of Southeast Africa. The total number of Swahili speakers exceeds 140 million.[8] Swahili serves as a national or official language of four nations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also one of the official languages of the African Union.

Some Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through contact with Arabic-speaking Muslim inhabitants of the Swahili Coast. It has also incorporated German, Portuguese, English, Hindi and French words into its vocabulary through contact with empire builders, traders and slavers during the past five centuries.

Following is a  video tutorial that to me was very easy to follow. The instructor, Kulmansam/Samir has a youtube channel with several more Swahili tutorials if you’d like to learn more of the language. Also, there’s an omniglot page with useful Swahili words and phrases.

Nakutakia siku njema! (Have a nice day!)

Liza Nicole

Liza Nicole Epps is owner of Trinichi Unltd., LLC. She is a mother of 2 and lover of art, culture, and history.

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