https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

Is Swahili difficult for you to Learn?

Hello guys I'm here to help,I'm a native speaker from Tanzania, Just wanted to know what confuse you in learning so that I can try to give clarifications on any difficulties and we can get to roll the ball together

March 10, 2019

25 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/alexnb33

No, the language its so easy and i love that! Greetings from Spain ;)

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

Mambo vipi Alex, asante! Uwe na jioni njema(How is it Alex,Thanks have a nice evening)

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/labradore1

I am finding the course to be the most challenging of the ones I'm currently doing. I will probably start supplementing with a learning grammar I have, in order to clear up some points that aren't clear from the course.

In general, though, I'm glad to see Swahili on here! It's a big part of my goal for 2019 of breaking out of the Indo-European language "ghetto"! :)

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

Sounds great but if you have telegram,you can join this swahili group chat for easy learning, here is a link: https://t.me/joinchat/EZ4VWUN1bMnvCNmHDm8J9g also you can share with friend if possible

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NonDesistas

More difficult than Spanish but easier than German which is funny because German is related to English.

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

But if you have telegram,you can join this swahili group chat for easy learning, here is a link: https://t.me/joinchat/EZ4VWUN1bMnvCNmHDm8J9g also you can share with friend if possible

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ernst557459

Challenging, yes. And very different from all the other languages I know (which are all from the Indo-European language ghetto, as Labradore1 puts it so nicely). But definitely a very rich language, with all its different moods and agglutinations that allow one to express things in just two or three 'words' where English needs a dozen or so. I really enjoy learning it, and I'm looking forward to using it during my next visit to East Africa (Kenya in two weeks time).

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

Thats sound great but if you have telegram,you can join this swahili group chat for easy learning, here is a link: https://t.me/joinchat/EZ4VWUN1bMnvCNmHDm8J9g also you can share with friend if possible

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/pIwo4arh

Personally, I love Swahili. It was confusing at first, but when I learned about the pronoun and subject prefix charts, I was hooked. Charts got me excited! Imagine that! But what I'm pursuing now is a good place to practice reading in Swahili and a better understanding of noun classes.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

I created telegram group where you can practice your Swahili with natives,there you will be able to send a voice note and see how you sound,I can provide you with a link; https://t.me/joinchat/EZ4VWUN1bMnvCNmHDm8J9g

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tee119990

Charts? There are charts? Please share where? I find there is limited information access on the Duolingo App so I have to have access to more than just my phone to get the most from this site.

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/pIwo4arh

Oh... I go on YouTube to learn from Swahili DAR videos. I'm pretty sure I'm writing that correctly. Sometimes, I have to go to other places for Swahili information. And thank you for the link.

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

if you have telegram,you can join this swahili group chat for easy learning, here is a link: https://t.me/joinchat/EZ4VWUN1bMnvCNmHDm8J9g also you can share with friend if possible

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ernst557459

Yeah, we got the message :)

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SilasWolfe

how to roll or trill 'r' in words? thank you.

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

You pronounce it as r but it doesn't have deep sound

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SilasWolfe

can you explain bit more please? i should say R in higher pitch?

March 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RudolfJan

I love it to learn Swahili but it is difficult. It has a very rich grammar and every word does not look like anything else I've ever learned. The noun classes make it rather complex and you only can learn it by getting used tot he combinations so it feels natural. I've been in Kenya recently and even with my limited knowledge it is awesome I can order my coffee or beer in Swahili and the locals love my attempts to say a few words in Swahili. I even did my first speech in Swahili, saying thank you to the people of a loca Samburu village we visited...

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

Yeah you are right but sometimes you can slangs that are simple and easy to remember

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Aframsterdam

Hey RudolfJan, if you are located anywear near Amsterdam, feel free to join our Duolingo Amsterdam Swahili group https://events.duolingo.com/amsterdam-swahili/

March 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tee119990

Hi, can you give some context to “jani”? It is really confusing when to use with and without versions of lako, langu and la - I can’t get a system straight. Thank you!

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

Well but I think there is spelling error here,you wrote to mean jani or jina? Jani in Swahili is noun which stands for leaf and majani is leaves! But jina is translated as a name in English. But anyway we use "lako" when we are addressing second person,Lako is like your in English, for example: jina lako ni nani?(What is your name) is=ni,lako=your,name=jina, Nani/Nini=What,Note Nani will stand as what only when you want to ask somebody's name. And langu" subjecting singular form of first person,langu is like "My" in English. for instance: Jina langu ni John(My name is john)My=langu. And Finally Lake used only when we are addressing singular form of third person like her/his/its in English. For example: Jina lake ni Barack(His name is Barack) lake=his. I hope I answered your question. And without langu,lako,and lake,we also have 2 pairs of 3 bunch of words which got similar explanations,as I explained above,1st pair of these words include changu,chako and chake,this set of words is only applicable for things,to show a state of owning something or of being owned, for examples: Hiki ni kitabu/kiatu changu(This is my book/My shoe) My=Changu. for chako=your,Chake=His/her/its. And second pair includes: Wangu,Wako,and wake,this set of words used only when we are addressing livingthings(especially animals&human beings) and show a state of owning or of being owned. For example: paka wangu=My cat,wangu=my,wako=your,wake=his/her/its,.another example is: Mpenzi wangu=My feince/lover. FOOTNOTE: Use Yangu,yako, and yake in all conditions if that above is totally confusing you,you will sound correct in other Swahili speaking countries but in Tanzania it may sound slight incorrect like to say jina yangu ni john,mpenzi yangu or kitabu yangu as you can see by yourself it got bad sound to say jina yangu in comparison to one who will say Jina langu. And know that Tanzanian Swahili is most correct Swahili that follow the rules in constructing sentences.

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tee119990

THANK YOU very much! That was the best lesson so far. I hope they use you as a Contributor. I realize now I was confused because the sentence structure in Swahili does not follow English rules. ‘Jina lako ni nani’ reads word for word in English as ‘Name your is what’ which is grammatically incorrect. So the first few times I saw the translation my English-speaking brain assumed the Swahili word order was the same as in English! A lesson on sentence structure would have been very helpful

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TanzanianGuy

Thank you dear Friend for appreciation,and if you have telegram,you can join this swahili group chat for easy learning, here is a link: https://t.me/joinchat/EZ4VWUN1bMnvCNmHDm8J9g

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/morganpratt

The noun classes are hard! Do you just memorize all the prefixes?

April 5, 2019
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