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Finished the Swahili tree.

First, thanks to those who are working hard to make this course one of the best online. Mungu awabarikeni!!! I look forward to when the course will be out of Beta. I was able to finish the Swahili tree in 17 days. I came into this course already having some knowledge of Swahili since I have lived and worked in Tanzania for 7 years and have studied Swahili in some degree all of these years so I am coming from a different starting point from many other students. I really enjoyed the course even though I sometimes got frustrated because I was not able to skip many lessons mostly because of some of the sentences that still need to be corrected in English. But I feel once all of the kinks get worked out, it will be one of the best online free courses available in Swahili especially for people who want to learn Swahili like it is spoken in Tanzania. Many other courses I have taken used Kenya Swahili more.I liked that the greetings used in this course are the same as you would hear from people in Tanzania even the shikamoo and marahaba which we use all of the time here. I like that this course hits all the major aspects of the Swahili grammar. Also this course includes a wide variety of vocabulary in different areas. I will highly recommend it to many of my friends expecially after it gets out of beta stage. If you have patience, it is worth going through even in Beta and the majority of exercises expecially in the earlier stages are already in good shape. Many of the mistakes not corrected yet are found in the answers in English not in the Swahili part . I found the tips and notes seem to be very good. When I go back through exercises, I will pay more attention to everything.

Asanteni sana kwa kazi njema!!!! Haba na haba hujaza kibaba

March 30, 2017



Awesome! It is really nice to see a feedback from people already trained or specialized in Swahili. I do not know about your reasons but I think any approach to the languages and cultures from Africa is essential now in this site. Many students are really enjoying a good time with Duolingo adding new languages every year, and always trying to make efforts to help the contributors and engineers to improve the site. I know the Swahili course will be excellent with audio. Perhaps, some students did not want to start the course because of that but even if the audio is added we will need to listen to music a lot, to watch films and perhaps to compare different dialects if we really want to speak Swahili with waswahili from different countries. Some students are also waiting for more African languages (as Amharic) and this site can help students to learn a little grammar thanks to the forum participation. I really would like to see languages as Zulu, Bambara, Malagasy, and much more in the future.

I hope you also want to! Good job! =)

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From a fellow African (South Africa) fluent in Afrikaans and able to get by in Zulu I would like to thank team Swahili for the enormous amount of effort they have expended in developing a tree which I indeed enjoyed. I am sure the various errors will be corrected as the course moves beyond Beta.


Surely Mngani Lahure! I really appreciate your big efforts in the site. You are always supporting and showing inspiration to other students! =)


Diego, you need to tell me, how is it even possible that you are level NINETEEN in swahili in, what, 30 days?? It took me months to level up from 13-14 in spanish. So what is your secret? Are you a bot, sir? :)


Jambo Bwana! Firstly, my native language is Spanish so I have an extra practice with English courses in Duo. And that is an excellent motivation too! With Swahili, I decided to keep every lesson gilded before to finish the tree. So I started to repeat every lesson before and after finishing a new skill. I cannot still calculate how much time will take to finish the complete tree but I think I could reach level 25 because every time I do a new skill then I find some skills to be gilded and I do more practice. This also helps to find more program errors easily and report them. :)


Hi, congratulations on finishing the tree. It is really very well structured. About the language, I noticed that most people dread the noun classes although they never tried to learn it. I decided to ignore the rule drilling and focus on getting used to how the words present themselves. As a more experienced Swahili speaker do you have any advices on how to master noun classes?


Because I already knew the noun classes before starting this course, I will have to look at how they divided the classes on here, but usually there are certain characteristics for each noun class and most things fit in the description of the noun class they fit in. There are not many exceptions. Also many times the letter the singular noun starts with can give you an idea of what class it is in. Of course this is not true of the class that has the words of animals, insects and people. Also there is the one class that is a mixture of words from other languages. It might be good if you can either write a description of each class on a piece of paper or find a list of the noun classes which each briefly described with examples. The more practice you do, the more you will see the similarities between many of the words in the same class. There are two main ways I have seen instructors divide the noun classes. You will need to see which one is the easiest for you to understand.


Congratulations! I have a way to go yet but also really enjoy the course, though the number of errors in English is a pain. I try to report them all but this adds quite a lot of time to completing some sections. Hopefully they will be corrected soon.


Interesting, thanks for your review..


I have one problem with the course which has to do with the name groups. I am a Kenyan so my knowledge can be relied on. The name groups or ngeli are outdated and wrong. In the place of JI\MA we have LI\YA. I hope that you will consult an expert to solve the faults in the other name groups.


Maybe I'm wrong, but maybe that is just a difference between how kenyans and tanzanians use the language.

My tanzanian fiance is often confused when i come to her with new words that ive learned online. She doesnt know them, or she'll say something like "oh yea i heard a kenyan say that once in Dar."

Duolingo is the only place online that is all about tanzanian swahili. It has helped me so much, i love it.


That has been my experience. I am living in Tanzania and have visited Kenya. Many online swahili programs use more kenyan swahili expecially in the area of greetings. Duolingo is more like Tanzanian swahili. All of the people developing this course live in Tanzania.


As far as how words are grouped in categories, i have seen two different ways it is done. I went to two different language schools here in Tanzania, and both had some difference on how they grouped words in categories. I am not sure if there is a wrong and a right way or if it depends on which the teacher likes and feels is the best and easiest for their students to understand.


I can recommend to start practicing again and doing all exercises up to 5 crowns at least. It is worth the trouble.


Wow, am learning more then half a year now and still not finished the tree, just entered level 4 of the 5 levels. But I started with zero Swahili knowledge. It is frustrating that the tips are not easily available in the app and that there is not much variation in the repetitions but I feel am slowly making progress

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