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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

42 Comments


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

Do you have any music in Swahili you coulf recommend?

April 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/saynave

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

March 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HappyToday2

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

February 23, 2019

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

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

February 24, 2019

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

ouch that's an embarrassing typo

March 4, 2019

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

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

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LaraValcar1

Thanks guys

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mpho957261

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

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LaraValcar1

I'm interested in going to east Africa to help people there.

March 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Aframsterdam

Help them with what?

March 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mpho957261

Good question. I however appreciate the fact that people are willing to assist, sometimes we don't know how. My take is the thought is more important. It is crucial to always work with people to capacitate them to move away from the welfare mentality and be encouraged to do things for themselves. A difficult subject I know, not so politically relevant.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ElbietaKos6

Mpho :) I need to make the decision just now. My friend from Dar es asked for help for her buissness. What would you do and is the rain seasoon time really so hard?

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mpho957261

It really has to come from you. I guess if it's your friend there is a great level of trust, that she can't ask you for money if she didn't need it.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ElbietaKos6

Thank you that is true, please tell me does the rain seasoon affect the life in Tanzania so much, I mean the buissnes life?

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LaraValcar1

Poverty-not that i'm a goody two shoes but I just read a very good book called Kisses from Katie. It talks about that.

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Aframsterdam

Life is not that simple. If it was that simple there wouldn't be poverty any more. That's why that book is fiction. I believe your intentions are good but you really need to read some articles on voluntourism, because so many well intended volunteers have actually done more harm. Also ask yourself why you really want this,do you need to go there yourself or could you send money to an NGO? That would mean you could donate several hundreds of dollars more because you don't need a ticket. Most people secretly volunteer because they want to be liked in some way, if that's you then you better stay home.

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ElbietaKos6

Is donating money really a good form of help? I always ask myself when I do it

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mpho957261

That's a difficult one. It's yes and no. Often money goes into the pockets of those who don't really need it, to enrich themselves. But there are NGO's that are doing a great job.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/vitoreiji

I encourage you to come to East Africa and see what life is really like, what people really need and how you can actually help before signing up for some volunteer program. So many of those do more harm than good.

As a general rule: if you're coming to do unskilled labor, than you're taking away jobs from people. Instead, hire local people to do it for you, for a fair salary, but not too much above the local average.

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LucilleYou2

Paths are as different as the individuals who set out upon them. What the path is, is your decision and your feeling and your passion. Let no one chart a path for you. Be safe and fair winds on your journey to Africa....should you choose that path. Money is easy to hand out. Time and person-to-person caring is immeasurable. Good luck, my friend.

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Aframsterdam

I completely disagree with you. The road to hell is paved with good intentions right

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LucilleYou2

But what a road it is...filled with twists, turns, roundabouts, cul de sacs, and (sometimes) dead ends. In other words, I believe all those roads offer so many choices...and it's up to the individual to choose this road, that road, or the road not taken.

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nyota

Exactly. For me it is live so simple. Do you feel it? Do it! Africa will teach you everything, what is important there and what is not. Motivation and inspiration is different for everybody. Dont worries. If somebody is thinking, that money is, what african people actually need, it is a big mistake. Listen your heart. Good luck!

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mpho957261

Good idea Lara, you will also learn a lot from the Africans.

March 12, 2019
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