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Swahili (kiSwahili)

A selection of materials for learning Swahili, a Bantu language used as a lingua-franca in much of east Africa.

Courses | Dictionaries | Grammars | Phrasebooks |


Courses

Swahili: A Complete Course for Beginners

Swahili: A Complete Course for Beginners

by Living Language

- includes a course book with six audio CDs and provides a simple and effective introduction to Swahili with natural dialogues, clear grammar notes, vocabulary building and key expressions. Also contains notes on culture, food, history and geography, and a two way glossary.

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Swahili: A Foundation for Speaking, Reading, and Writing

Swahili: A Foundation for Speaking, Reading, and Writing

by Thomas J. Hinnebusch and Sarah M. Mirza

- a comprehensive introduction to Swahili that is designed to teach major communicative skills such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The text also strives to impart fundamental knowledge about East African and Swahili culture.

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Complete Swahili with Two Audio CDs: A Teach Yourself Guide

Complete Swahili with Two Audio CDs: A Teach Yourself Guide

by Joan Russell

- an introduction to the Swahili language consisting of course book containing dialogues, grammatical notes, exercises and cultural information, together with two CDs with recordings of most of the dialogues and some of the exercises.

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Swahili, Conversational

Swahili, Conversational

by Pimsleur

- teaches Standard Swahili as spoken in and around Kenya with sixteen 30-minute lessons which cover essential grammar and vocabulary that teach you greetings, numbers, how to order food and drink, deal with currency, scheduling a meal or meeting and how to give and ask for directions.

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Colloquial Swahili

Colloquial Swahili: The Complete Course for Beginners

by Lutz Marten and Donovan Lee McGrath

- an introduction to spoken and written Swahili. Includes a course book containing dialogues, grammatical notes, exercises and cultural information, together with two cassettes or CDs with recordings of most of the dialogues and some of the exercises.

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Dictionaries

Swahili-English, English-Swahili Practical Dictionary

Swahili-English, English-Swahili Practical Dictionary

by Nicholas Awde

- a good Swahili pocket dictionary containing 35,000 entries in each language. Includes information on Swahili noun classes, useful phrases and vocabulary, numbers, numbers, weighs and measures, time, days of the week, months, and star signs.

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Essential Swahili Dictionary: A Teach Yourself Guide

Essential Swahili Dictionary: A Teach Yourself Guide

by D. V. Perrott

- contains more than 14,000 definitions, including everyday idioms and expressions.

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Grammars

Modern Swahili Grammar

Modern Swahili Grammar

by M. A. Mohammed

- covers phonology, morphology and syntax, inclulding affixes, derivation, inflection, parts of speech, relatives, tenses, demonstratives of reference, pronominalisation, phrases, clauses and sentences. Grammatical explanations are always followed by exercises, and comprehensive vocabulary lists are also included.

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Swahili Learners' Reference Grammar

Swahili Learners' Reference Grammar

by Katrina Daly Thompson and Antonia Yetunde Folarin Schleicher

 

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Phrasebooks

Lonely Planet Swahili Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Swahili Phrasebook

by Martin Benjamin, Charles Mironko and Anne Geoghegan

- contains a guide to pronunciation and phrase-building; fail-safe small talk; practicalities and a section on sustainable travel, and a two-way dictionary

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Learn Swahili: For Beginners and Travellers

Learn Swahili: For Beginners and Travellers

by G. O. Oyoo

- includes details of the Swahili alphabet and pronunciation; a guide to Swahili pronouns, sentence structure and sentence construction; useful words and phrases in various scenarios, and an English-Swahili dictionary.

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