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Introduction to Spoken Swahili

Learn how to greet people, introduce yourself and others, carry out simple conversations, say simple phrases in the different tenses, and learn numbers in Swahili.

Introduction to Spoken Swahili

Learn how to greet people, introduce yourself and others, carry out simple conversations, say simple phrases in the different tenses, and learn numbers in Swahili.
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About the Class

Swahili is a Bantu language that is spoken throughout East and Southeast Africa - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Swahili is spoken by over 140 million people and is one of the official languages of the African Union. Although Swahili is primarily a Bantu language, there are strong influences of Arabic, German, Portuguese, English, Hindi, and French in the vocabulary.

This course is taught in English through video presentations along with downloadable PDFs which will contain vocabulary and grammar construction notes. Regular quizzes during the course enable you to measure your understanding of the course material.

This course is designed to teach you how to speak Swahili with correct grammar, pronunciation, and with a goal of teaching students to speak Swahili like a native.

The outline of the course is as follows:

Section 1: Greetings

  • Lecture 1: Greetings

Section 2: Introductions in Swahili

  • Lecture 2: Introducing One's Name
  • Lecture 3: Introducing One's name using "Be Called"
  • Lecture 4: Introducing Where One Comes From
  • Lecture 5: Introducing Nationality and Profession

Section 3: Common conversations in Swahili

  • Lecture 6: Coming From
  • Lecture 7: Going
  • Lecture 8: Staying
  • Lecture 9: Doing what?

Section 4: Present Tense

  • Lecture 10: Verbs in Present Tense

Section 5: Past Tense

  • Lecture 11: Verbs in Past Tense

Section 6: Future Tense

  • Lecture 12: Verbs in Future Tense

Section 7: Numbers

  • Lecture 13: Numbers

Section 8: Conclusion

  • Lecture 14: Conclusion

Class Requirements

You should have the ability to read and understand English.

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What's included in the class?

 15 video lessons
 13 documents

Class Authors

Neeraj Kamdar

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Neeraj helps businesses and individuals implement technology in useful ways. For this course, Neeraj collaborated with Julius Muange and helped with creating the graphics and videos for each lesson. 

Julius Muange

Teacher of Spoken Swahili
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Julius Muange has been teaching Swahili as a spoken language for over 25 years. During this time he has taught in schools, universities and several organizations such as US Peace Corps, Divine World Missionaries, British Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), as well as Lewis Clark College from the USA. Over time he has developed a very functional Spoken Swahili course which is very popular in the East African region.

Julius currently teaches Spoken Swahili to over 40 students on a one-to-one basis as well as small groups in Nairobi, Kenya. These students are mostly from the expat community in Nairobi, seeking to learn Spoken Swahili to conduct business and converse with the locals in Kenya. Most have continued taking these courses developed by Julius over a period of two years to obtain full proficiency in speaking Swahili like a native speaker.

Julius is also available to take personal and group lessons throughout the Nairobi area.

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