I finished the Swahili tree!
Nilimaliza mti wa kiswahili. I remember being so excited when Swahili entered the incubator and to be able to say now that I have finished it feels unbelieveable. I couldn't be happier. Nimefurahi sana.
It took me about eight months and overall it was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed it and fell even more in love with the language. However, there were a few times that I was just ready to quit and give up on the course, the amount of mistakes in the English translation becoming too frustrating. I really hope the tree will be improved in the future.
I want to thank the contributors for making this wonderful course and the users for answering all of my questions. I couldn't have done this without all of your help. Asante sana.
Good luck to everybody who is going through the tree right now!
Great job! I tried the Swahili tree but the lack of audio and the missing translations were just too much, so I stopped. Congratulations on your achievement!
Same here. I was quite disappointed that the Swahili course didn't meet the quality level I had come to expect from Duolingo. They had initially said they would be adding the audio soon, but that didn't happen. I really was interested in Swahili, so I still hope they'll improve and update the course at some point.
Thank you! yeah I know it can be quite frustrating. It takes a lot of patience to get through it.
I’m going to start it up again. Maybe I’ll make my way through to the end this time.
Here's an assist, its standalone listening that goes through Present Tense 2(chapter 10) https://www.kingozi-chronicles.com/audio.html#chapters
Maughanster, it would definitely be nice if they had more audio. But the pronunciation is so regular, it's not really a drawback like in some languages. For instance, if they didn't have audio in English, I don't know how anyone could learn it, we have so many weird spellings! But the Spanish pronunciations are 100% regular, so it's not a bigee for Spanish, and it's not that important for Swahili either. But I appreciate what there are, and wish they just recorded every sentence. Duo, please?!?
See I knew it could be done. I tried to encourage some to do it without audio, I got booed off the counter. ;)
I will build a rim on the edge of the counter so no one can boo you off it anymore.
Theluji, so it's a year later: Have you kept it up?!? I do wish they gave us the option of returning to any and all levels once we're finished...or even before. Like I finished all the way through Spanish, and was planning on redoing it, but then they just changed it and added other things. That was a big disappointment. But even as we go through, I'd like to be able to redo Level 1 on some things for a review. That is a drawback of the program that we can't. Congratulations on finishing the whole thing! Have you been able to talk to any native speakers since you've done so? How did that go??
Congrats and thanks for sharing your thoughts on the course, it's on my to-do list as well!
Congrats ! Do you feel like you could survive by speaking Swahili in some basic conversations ?I just rushed the tree without learning it well, but if I'm going to East Africa to Swahili-speaking areas I'm gonna study it much more profoundly here again.
Thank you! I think I could, but the lack of audio will probably cause some troubles with listening. My next step is to do something about that elsewhere.
Come join our discord server(https://discord.gg/3r89c7T) for practice. Here is some audio to listen to while re-doing your duolingo(up to chap. 10). https://www.kingozi-chronicles.com/audio.html#chapters
Congatulations ! =D Nimekumaliza pia mkondo wake hii leo, hivi sasa !!!! I finished my course too, just today, right now !!!!!! =D I am out of " beta" - ufff ! that's nice =D
Theluji, i've only passed the first three checkpoints, but I've been pleasantly surprised thus far with how few mistakes there have been in the English. So either they've really improved it since you took it, or maybe your English isn't that great, lol! I'm a native English speaker. This Swahili is so fun!!! I can see many loan words from English, Arabic and Farsi and probably others that I'm not aware of...I've seen a few similarities to some Spanish words, but much more from the other three. The grammar structure seems very easy, and I just get a kick out of some of the vocabulary! Thank you SO MUCH Duolingo, for including this course. I've wanted to learn Swahili for at least 15 years now, and I am finally doing it. I so appreciate this opportunity! <3