|Learn Swahili by meeting native speakers and starting a conversation|
Polyglots love learning different languages; the one thing we all have in common is that we simply found ways to enjoy the language learning process. A polyglot is a person with a command of many languages, people who know 4, 12, 24 and even 48 languages and more.
The term polyglot simply means you have mastered many languages but there is no universal definition for what it means to master a language. Just as there are no universal definitions and standards of literacy throughout the world, there is no standard definition of mastering a language.
However, why let a little technical thing like a definition stop you from having fun learning Swahili. I love learning foreign languages; in fact, I love it so much that I like to learn a new language every two years. I am currently working on my third language, Swahili, and when people find out about me they ask what is my secret for finding ways to stick with learning a new language. For many years would just say I do not know.
One day I sat down and thought about the question, why do I like learning new languages? and it dawned on me; I love learning new languages because it is fun to learn about things I know nothing about. I listened to a Ted Talks recently on methods polyglots use to learn new languages and I laughed out loud from the ingenious ways to learn new languages.
One person started speaking from a few phrases from a travel phrasebook and goes straightway to meet native speakers starting conversations. That is how she learned by making mistakes and listening to the feedback on the conversational way to speak the language.
The best thing about this method is you do not even need to travel a lot today because you can easily have conversations with native speakers from the comfort of your living room using the internet or apps on your phone. Another person starts to learn a foreign language by imitating the sounds of the language. Others learn the 500 most frequent words of the language and the others who always start by reading about grammar.
There are hundreds of different approaches to learning languages and everybody has a unique way of how they learn. Over 25% of all languages are spoken only in Africa with over 2,000 languages spoken on the continent. With such diversity in language, start now choosing the new language you want to learn, let’s start with Swahili.
Swahili is a community of people and Kiswahili is the language spoken. Standard Swahili is based on the kiUnguja dialect.
There are many dialects of Kiswahili as well as several patois versions. The three most common Kiswahili dialects are kiUnguja spoken on Zanzibar and in the mainland areas of Tanzania, kiMvita spoke in Mombasa and other areas of Kenya and Kiamu spoke on the island of Lamu and adjoining parts of the coast.
The earliest known composition is written in Kiswahili, a poem entitled Kumsifu Yanga Ode to the Arab woman dates back to the 16th century 2 and is linguistically related to the northern dialect of Kiswahili such as kiamu. Kiamu is also the main Swahili dialect used by the poet Mwengo to compose the Muslim epic Utendi wa Tambuka, which he completed in 1728 on behalf of the king of Pate Island.
Kiswahili is one of the top ten languages spoken in Africa. Swahili is spoken in the African countries of Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania (Zanzibar), and Uganda with many speakers as either a first or second language.
Kiswahili is a lingua franca of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kiswahili Alphabet Pronunciations
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Swahili is the culture of many groups uniquely blended together. Swahili was given its name by the Arabs in the 16th century meaning people of the coast in Arabic. The word for the Swahili language is Kiswahili. The name comes from the plural sawahili of the Arabic word sahil, which means boundaries or coast. With ki- at the beginning of the word, Kiswahili means coastal language. Many Kiswahili Swahili words derive from the Arabic language.
Swahili - Nyani humcheka makalio ya nyani mwenzake
English - A baboon laughs at the buttocks of another baboon
Meaning - Everyone has a weakness
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