https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ECMO16

Why learn Kiswahili?

I am learning Kiswahili to learn more about the cultures of east Africa. I think African languages are highly underrated and I would like to raise awareness of their beauty. Why are are you learning it? What are your motivations?

February 23, 2019

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

Kiswahili is a langua Franca in many parts of eastern and central Africa, so it’s useful to learn if Africa in general interests you. Also Kiswahili is a historically interesting and very beautiful language.

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/njeri-1331

I spoke it when I was little but the language faded when I moved countries, so I am studying it to relearn and reconnect with my roots. I do also love the language for its own sake, from how it sounds (especially in music) to how it's constructed.

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/morganpratt

Do you have any music in Swahili you coulf recommend?

April 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saynave

My wife is Kenyan and I want my daughter to be fluent

March 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyToday2

Asante kwa kuchukua jani la imani, kuendeleza uwezo wako kamili, lugha moja kwa wakati !!!!!!!

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexandreH208264

Traduction from Google:
"Thank you for taking the leaf of faith, developing your full potential, one language at a time"
It is still to difficult for my knowledge level 6. I know only 2 words of the whole sentence. But it sounds great!

April 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LorenzoCabrini

As it is the only African langauge on the site... ;)

Honestly, I do hope more African languages get on here. I'd love to see Yoruba, for instance. And Lingala.

Sadly, my primary African language of interest will most likely never show up on Duolingo: Ga.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarrollBos

I am not learning it yet as I fear getting over extended on my first two languages. But as soon as I am comfortable with them, Swahili is my absolute top priority. I agree that African languages are underrated and I also want to understand their culture better.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ernst557459

Mainly because I have a lot a collaboration with people in Tanzania and Kenya (and Uganda and Rwanda as well). So, I spend about 1-2 months every year in Swahili speaking countries.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElbietaKos6

I am going to move to Tanzania when I retire so I am preparing :). I love that country, the beauty of nature and very kind and always happy people

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nyota

Because i was in Africa for some months. I felt in love with this beautiful language, african people and their priorities, how to live and what is important to keep... Im learning kiswahili, because i want to be back many times again, i have friends there and i think, that knewledge of this language is not so usually (expecially in my small country), so this can be useful.

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jokapes

I am East African, Kiswahili is my national Language,...so I gotta learn it.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tchayvaz

As my native language is a Portuguese creoule mixed with West African languages, for a long time I have been very interested in African languages and the culture in general. After a colleague started teaching me some words, for being the most popular language in Africa, and after other colleague recommended me Duolingo, I started learning immediately. And I'm loving it: the sonority of the language is beautiful; it is well structured, very economic and clever. There should definitely be more African languages here: I yearn for the day that Bambara (Mali) is released here.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MengLing

I want to learn a language from every continent. I picked Swahili for Africa because it had a lot of learning resources and I also liked the way it sounded (plus its pronunciation isn't terribly difficult for me, a native English speaker).

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaapow

im relearning it because my whole dads side of the family is born and raised in Tanzania. i grew up speaking it a bit, but it was integrated too much and was lost a bit in me.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shallowbreezes

I have trouble with learning languages, but always joked about learning Swahili. The language sounded cool, and Swahili really rolls off the tongue. When I found this site and saw it had Swahili, I decided why not try and learn a language again?

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PortiaDawn1

It's not the language I am currently learning. But I hope to travel some parts of Africa some day and kiswahili is the second most popular language in Africa. Swahili is the only African language on duolingo and duolingo is the only place I can learn different languages for free.

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucilleYou2

For the same reasons. I understand that Swahili is the most spoken language in Africa. Is that true?

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ernst557459

Swahili would be the most spoken African language in Africa. However, it is estimated that there are about 200 million people in Africa that speak Arabic as their first language .

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ECMO16

I think so! It has a lot of native speakers and people who learned it as a second/third

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aframsterdam

Good question! I started learning it because I got a job in Tanzania, but now im back home and I'm continuing because I love the language. My duoligo Amsterdam Swahili club is also very motivating! katibu https://events.duolingo.com/amsterdam-swahili/

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aframsterdam

ouch that's an embarrassing typo

March 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SoniaNashi

Yes! I am a native speaker, and many of us are oblivious to the cultures of East Africa.

March 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vitoreiji

I'm learning it because I live in Tanzania :)

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaraValcar1

Thanks guys

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mpho957261

I am an African woman, I am learning Swahili because it is one African language that in internationally recognised.

March 12, 2019
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