About Swahili

Swahili (Kiswahili) is a Bantu language that emerged mainly as a result of the historical interaction between the coastal people and Arab traders in East Africa. Swahili is widely spoken in the East and Central parts of Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and South Sudan). It is the official and national language in Tanzania and it is regarded as the national language in Kenya. It is estimated that more than 60 million people speak Swahili all over the world. Due to its popularity, Swahili is used an official language of instruction in Africa Union meetings and it has become the most taught African language in America, Asia and Europe since it triggers a lot of interest within the learners as they not only learn about the language but also the culture associated with it.

Swahili is also a community of people who have maintained the Swahili culture from beginning of times. The Swahili culture forms a fundamental part of the Swahili language. The culture has inspired so many educational approaches towards learning of the language such as use of Methali (Swahili proverbs) which are widely used by the Swahili people in their day-to-day lives. The Swahili culture is also very unique among African communities when it comes to the way of dressing and the types of food prepared. Hence by learning the Swahili language, one gets to indirectly learn about the Swahili culture which defines the nature of the language. 

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