Best Swahili Language Websites

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  • Learn here about the benefits of learning Swahili

    82% of Swahili speakers know a 2nd language

    Over 200below for learning Swahili

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    I just love learning Swahi1i
    Ninapenda kuzungumza Kiswahili

    The Swahili language spoken by 100 million people, also known as Kiswahili,
    is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua
    franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of Southeast Africa,
    including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Dem. Republic of the Congo. If you want to expand your language knowledge outside of the easier Romance & Germanic languages, it's a good choice. Also it totally impresses people that you know Swahili because no one else knows how easy it is.

    Twanga tope ni twange tope tope hilo la twangwa je?

       The most recently added NEW SITES

       Learn Swahili w/videos    Swahili Newspapers    Dictionaries

       Africa Travel Guide    Games for Swahili

       Kenya Travel Guide    Swahili Tutorials

       Take a Quiz on Africa    Tanzania Travel Guide

       Swahili Teacher Hints, Advice and Teaching Tips

    Teacher. Call on me. I know the answer in Swahili.

  • 143 Learning Games and Fun Activities for the Swahili Classroom
    I know they all work well as I used them in my classroom for 35 years.

  • The 143 Activities Website above translated into Swahili


  • February 6, 2022

    Good place to start right here

    Professor Emeritus
    University of Northern Iowa

    Most Popular Kenyan Traditional Dresses

    Learning Swahili?

    Want to study and learn Swahili on the web?

    Looking for online Swahili tutorials?

    Need help with Swahili grammar?

    Looking for help with Swahili verb forms?

    All this and more just below.

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    This site is for everyone who enjoys travel

    Jim Becker's Travel Websites

    Learning to speak Swahili?
    Remember that it is your attitude and NOT
    your aptitude that determines your altitude.

    Tempus Fugit : Carpe Deum

    I love to speak Swahili

    Swahili Means "patience"

  • Jim's Multilanguage Homepage with 31 languages

    Professor Polyglot

    I am here to teach you Swahili.

    Swahili is said to be the easiest African language for an English speaker to learn. It's one of the few sub-Saharan African languages that have no lexical tone, just like in English. It is also much easier to read as you read out Swahili words just the way they are written.

  • They dug up the 1000 most common Swahili words
  • And here they are.
    See how many you already know.

  • When you come here, beware.

    The Swahili people (or Waswahili) are an ethnic and cultural group inhabiting East Africa. Members primarily reside on the Swahili coast, in an area encompassing the Zanzibar archipelago, littoral Kenya, the Tanzania seaboard, and northern Mozambique. The name Swahili is derived from the Arabic word Sawahil, meaning coasts. The Swahili speak the Swahili language, which belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family.
  • Test Your Swahili Here - Multiple sites
    Along with other key skills, candidates for the Foreign Language Analyst role need to be able to demonstrate judgment, language proficiency and cultural knowledge. We assess these skills at various stages of the recruitment process, including the language test.

  • Way of Life in a Maasai Village in Tanzania

  • Maasai Life Through A Child's Eyes

  • Swahili Culture and Commerce

  • Learn Swahili in 30 Minutes - ALL the Basics You Need

  • Numbers in Swahili (Kiswahili

  • Read Swahili Here

  • Dictionary / Swahili to English

  • Dictionary / English to Swahili
    You can also search for words in Swahili as both sides of the dictionary are searched simultaneously.

    mwewe kiboko paka kasuku nyukii simba mamba ndovu ngamia mbwa

  • Google Listing of More Dictionaries

    Test your geography knowledge of Africa Countries

  • Map Quiz Game

  • National Geographic Africa Quiz

  • Africa Quizzes - Lots of them

  • Swahili Foreign Language Learning from Duke University

  • Swahili Resources
    Welcome to's Swahili Resources. To get started, make a selection from the various links.

  • A Major Listing of Swahili Resources for Audio Links

  • BBC - Languages - Swahili - A Guide to Swahili - 10 facts about the Swahili language

  • An overview of the language from Transparent Language
    Swahili is part of the Bantu group of languages which stems from the Niger-Congo language family. Contact with Arabic traders along the coast and the establishment of regular trade routes helped spread the language. It also gave it a strong Arabic influence, as is evident from the many words of Arab origin found in the Swahili language today. Even the name "Swahili" comes from an Arabic word meaning "by the coast.

  • Is Swahili a particularly hard language to learn for an English-speaking person?

  • Swahili Audio Lessons
    Audio lessons are a very important factor in learning Swahili because they help you hear how words are pronounced and also provide you with an extra means of learning other than reading. Below are free Swahili audio files you can download and listen to on your computer or ipod or any other mobile device, because the format used in these files is MP3, which means it can be played by thousands of devices. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Swahili. Enjoy!

    jua wingu mti mvua mwezi nhota nyasi ua msitu

  • Swahili Audio
    Welcome to our audio lessons. We have compiled a long list of audio files and created an audio directory. You can download it below and listen to it using your ipod, in your car, or anywhere in the world for your personal use. It is formated as mp3, which means most audio players can play it.

  • Swahili Phrases links

  • Africa Travel Guide
    Africa has 54 sovereign countries, the most on any continent, and is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population. Africa is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by the Red Sea to the northeast, and by the Indian Ocean to the southeast.

  • TripAdvidor Africa Travel Guide

  • World Travel Guide for Africa

  • Virtual Tourist Africa Travel Guide

  • Kenya Travel Guide

  • Tanzania Travel Guide from Wikitravel
  • The Best Way to Learn Swahili by GOOGLE

  • Take a quiz in Swahili
    These online quizzes are based on the Swahili content in the Transparent Language's Languages of the World program.

    You hold the whole world in your hands
    Do some exploring in Swahili territory.

    nyekundu nyeupe hudhurungi manjano zambarau nyeusi samawati

    "On the day of victory no one is tired"

    Swahili Map in Africa

    "We learn very little from our successes,
    but an awful lot from our failures"

    I am stirring up some new
    vocabulary words in Swahili.
    Now you do your best to learn them.

    Entoloma Hochstetter A Blue Mushroom
    It is a species found in New Zealand and India.

    Our Swahili teacher has lots of CLASS

    A blue footed boobie

  • And over here is Uganda

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    Swahili Newspapers Online

  • Swahili (locally referred to as KiSwahili) is Kenya's national language. Swahili originated on the East African coast, as a trade language used by both Arabs and coastal tribes. The language incorporated elements of both classical Arabic and Bantu dialects, and became the mother tongue of the Swahili people who themselves rose from the intermarriage of Arab and African cultures.

    Fimbo ya mbali haiuwi nyoka
    The distant rod does not kill the snake

  • Best Swahili Websites.
    Note that GOOGLE rates this as #2. Not bad.

  • Useful Swahili Words

  • Swahili Lessons

  • The 50 most important words and expressions in Swahili

  • Learn all about the Swahili language right here.

  • How to learn Swahili. An in depth guide.

  • Learn Swahili, a magical guide.

  • Kenya Helicopter Safari - Wildlife and Aerial Photography Safari
    This is a super video with many more on the same site

  • All about the Swahili nation

  • Kenyan Swahili Culture. A video.

  • Websites for Swahili Learners from duoLingo

  • All about Swahili Language via Wikipedia. A good resource.

  • Magical Kenya. Great site for learning Swahili

  • A Guide to Swahili - 10 facts about the Swahili language

  • Swahili for Beginners

  • The Best Way to learn Swahili

    Swahili Inspiring Names For Boys:
    Safiri: means a journey. Musa: means saved from the water. Jamba: means a hero. Muraty: means friend. Simba: means lion; a strong person. Sultan: means ruler. Shani: means marvelous; wonderful. Tamu: means sweet & delightful. Shomari: means forceful. Muhammed: means praised.

    Swahili Deep And Feminine Names For Girls
    Kanene:important thing. Alix: means defending men. Juma: means born on Friday. Onyesha: means clear; sight. Jaha: means dignity. Imara: means strong one; resolute. Nigesa: means born during harvest season. Aza: meansStrong. Julisha: means the advisor; gives advice. Nadira: means rare.

  • The Best Way to Learn Swahili. Multiple Links.

  • Safari across Northern Tanzania. Enjoy.

  • A Drone flying in Uganda

  • Devil's Pool Victoria Falls. Are you really ready for this?

  • The Swahilis of Maasai Mara

  • Kenya Masai tribe singing and dancing

  • Safari across Northern Tanzania. Enjoy.

  • The Dinka people
    They are often cited as having the tallest average height among African tribes, as well as being the tallest people on average in the world.

  • Watusis: People who raise cattle in Burundi, Africa.

  • The many faces of Swahili

  • We visit Tanzania. A video

  • A Travel Guide to Kenya
  • Christian The Lion - Reunited - From "The View"
    Don't miss this one. It's an true animal love story.
    The lion reunion in Africa is awesome.

  • Definition of a Safari

  • Swahili Links from Stanford University

  • Mwanbao Swahili Page

  • Swahili Love Songs / Enjoy

  • Swahili Movies

  • Google suggestions for learning Swahili

  • Common Greetings and more video sites

  • Translations from English to Swahili via Google
    This is one of my preferred websites: jeb

  • The Swahili Coast
    A great sites for becoming acquainted with the language. Lots of examples. Must have RealPlayer installed.

  • Learn Swahili
    Opportunities to use and learn Swahili on your own are not many, but there are several good links here to get you started from Language Learning Advisor.
  • Swahili | About World Languages
    Swahili, or Kiswahili, is a North-East Coast Bantu language that belongs to the larger Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family.

  • Learn Swahili
    JAMBO is one of the most common words you will hear spoken throughout Kenya. This is the simplest Swahili greeting, and is often the first word learned by visitors to Kenya.

  • 12 Swahili Words You Need to Know before Traveling to East Africa
    East Africa can be overwhelming for even the most veteran traveler. These key Swahili phrases will help you get around. By Matador Network.

  • Swahili (KiSwahili) For Travelers
    Useful Swahili Words for Travelers to East Africa. From About Travel.

  • Important Swahili words to know when traveling to Tanzania
    From TripAdvisor.

  • A Guide to Swahili - 10 Facts About the Swahili Language
    From the BBC.

  • Why I'm glad I'm not yet fluent in Swahili

  • Learn Swahili on YouTube

  • Learn Swahili for 1hr17 minutes via the blackboard

  • Swahili for kids DVD set - Children learning Swahili, Kiswahili, Africa

  • Can you understand spoken Swahili?

  • Schools in Africa for learning Swahili- multiple links

  • Speaking Swahili (beginners) - A YouTube Video

  • Learn Swahili : Quick Online Learning

  • Swahili Tutorial

  • This is a unique Teach Yourself Swahili course.

  • Useful Swahili Words

  • English to Swahili Translations like the word LION

  • Is Swahili Easy to Learn?

  • Digital Dialects: Games for learning Swahili
    These are lots of fun. Numbers, animals, greetings, fruits and vegetables and more. Have fun.
  • Around the World and Swahili for Kids
    Hear many helpful phrases from a native speaker here.
  • Useful Swahili phrases from Omniglot
    A collection of useful phrases in Swahili, a Bantu language spoken in much of east Africa by about 140 million people.
  • Online Swahili games - Click and tell online game - Swahili language learning games for kids
    Lots of fun here with various categories. Hit the CLICK TO PLAY button.
    moja mbili tatu nne tano sita saba nane tisa kumi

  • Learn to Speak Swahili
    Language Exchange via Email, Text Chat and Voice Chat

  • Learn Swahili
    Karibu (Welcome. This coastal language is the native tongue of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Kenya, but it is also a means of communication across Southeast Africa. Have Swahili, will travel. Journey to the African Great Lakes, where Mount Kilimanjaro reigns high and miles of savannah sweep the land. Packed with diverse cultures and storied histories, this region beckons for your undivided attention.
  • A Guide to Swahili - 10 facts, key phrases and the alphabet
    Discover which Swahili words we use in English and other facts about the language. Also available in Swahili with audio.

  • Learn Swahili For Free
    Learn phrases in the Swahili language online by selecting the Swahili phrases that you want to learn from the list. These cover a wide variety of Swahili topics, including the numbers in Swahili, days of the week in Swahili, Swahili greetings and the months in Swahili. The Swahili phrases have audio recorded by a native speaker.
  • Swahili 101
    This Swahili course was developed by the U.S. Foreign Service Institute (FSI). FSI courses are comprehensive with lots of learning material, especially audio. They have been proven effective for learning Swahili if you put in the effort to go through the lessons. You can listen to the audio lessons below or download the full course to learn Swahili at your convenience.

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    From YouTube
    If this turtle can learn Swahili you can too.

  • I just love learning Swahiii
  • English to Swahili Translator
  • This one provides an translation either direction
    It is a great site...check it out! Talk about a site that does your language homework...this is it!
    You select the language you want translated from English and VOILA!


    Swahili Teacher hints, advice and tips

    I know from my own experience that being on a continual path of self-improvement is an absolute necessity toward be a good Swahili teacher. Hang out with other Swahili educators that you admire. Watch them closely and learn from them. Imitation is the greatest compliment.

    Whenever you can in your own environment, ask to observe Swahili colleagues in action in their classroom. Pick up ideas that work for them and adopt and adapt them to you own Swahili classroom. Always be on the "lookout" for new ideas, new means of teaching, new ways to incorporate things that work for others into your own methodology. Don't hesitate to ask questions of teachers who have had much success as to how and why that happened. I used to observe elementary teachers and how they interacted with their young students. Always something to learn. Learn from the mistakes of others. You'll never live long enough to make all of them yourself. Another that I always loved is "If you think you're green, you'll grow - if you think you're ripe, you'll rot." All true. Don't rot! That's an axiom that will never grow old. You may think that you are the best, but you're not. There is always someone better than you. (I learned this playing semi-pro basketball) Learn from them. Know what the best practices are and be aware of the current online resources that can be of great help to you and your Swahili language students.

    Keep your Swahili classroom presentations FRESH. Keep up with innovation and the changing needs of your students by incorporating technology such as computer use, iPhones, iPads, e-mail and a host of other innovations into your routine classroom activities to communicate with others in the target language and to access authentic resources. Stay current with options and trends in the field such as the National Standards and know how to incorporate them into your daily plans. Hopefully these few ideas will aid in your growth and success. Stay with it. Don't throw in the towel like many have, but again as I point out above, whatever new ideas you discover, you must first adopt and then adapt. Not everything you see elsewhere will work for you as I have personally learned. You must adapt those ideas to your own classroom. There are a host of great ideas available on all these sites, but they are only as successful as you will make them. And perhaps most important of all, do ask your Swahili students often how they feel about what they are doing and learning and what they enjoy the most and the least in your classroom. Most of all, do enjoy your students and share yourself with them. [They don't care how much you know until they know how much you CARE] I hope that you picked up some ideas here that will aid in your total success. Have fun in your Swahili classroom. (ps I picked up these ideas in a recent dream and wanted to share with each of you) I'm 78 now, but never too old to learn and never too old to share ideas. Best yet, why not be learning another language yourself? Check out one of the sites above. It is a great means to experience first-hand what your students are feeling. Now you are "walking in their shoes." Don't forget to have FUN doing it. (See Below)

    Jim Becker - BA, Cornell College (Iowa), MA, La Sorbonne (Paris), PhD-ABD, The Ohio State University (Foreign Language Education)

    Fun Learning Games and Fun Activities for the Swahili Classroom
    A wide array of proven fun games and learning activities for teachers to use in the classroom.
    35 years of classroom experience for students and their teachers to enjoy.

    Jambo. Hope you profited from all the Swahili sites above. Jim Becker, Webmaster - Do come back again soon. Kwaheri.