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Swahili is still not very well developed

Its a good start to swahili but a lot of corrections still need to be made so that it becomes less confusing. The tree should be developed systematically and intentionally so that it doesn't confuse learners. And so that it is gradual .I was a bit confused and i am a native.

Probably also it should have the fast and the slow paced pronunciations to help people as they learn. I also think they should add short stories, i find that helpful when learning a new language. Otherwise, this is a good attempt but it can improve to be better. i just got my first completion trophy and i am so happy about it haha.


January 4, 2020



If you are a native speaker, you may want to offer your help. The course definitely can be improved, but it is a good option to get at least a basic understanding of this beautiful language.


I am contributing as I try it out.


Totally agree. Also if possible if we could highlight differences in Kiswahili Sanifu (Tanzanian Swahili) and Kenyan Swahili it would be helpful. I am married to a Kenyan and Kenyans use swahili very differently. This course is good for the basics. I encourage people to use other sources after complete


Currently it's meant to be a Tanzanian Swahili course. Don't know whether that will change.


Everyone says : "very different".But what are the differences ?I've spoken to both and it is not so much very different.


Swahili rules are very clear, regardless of the minor differences between Kenya and Tanzania, I think the rules are more or less the same. Kenyans mostly use sheng'( English + Swahili ) hence it is different but generally, there isn't much difference. Kenyans living at the coast have a more similar way of speaking because they rarely use sheng'.


I practice this with my fiance who is Kenyan and he understands everything that I am saying. He always states it is pure(proper) Swahili the kind they learn in school but it is important to know the basics before you can speak sheng. All languages have a different way they talk to each other rather than visitors but my finance assures me that anyone in Kenyan will be able to understand pure Swahili no matter what part or how they use it.


And audio quality needs to be improved. I do not understand why Swahili course has such a bad quality audio compared to other courses.


I agree with you, that's why I even bought a boo. I'm at the greetings and I am very confused. Just a row of words to memorize. Duolingo should start to develop the dialogue mode too. to fill the blanks.


I agree. Learning a lot but at the same time I have to go to my fiance for pronunciation of everything. I am doing well at speaking it and pro at writing and reading Swahili but I am having a really hard time with understanding it when it is spoken to me. I wish there was a more options like with some of the other languages but I know this is just developing.


Yes, Gabrielle, there is no huge difference per se between Kenya and Tanzania just a few words here and there but that will not stop you from understanding each other. And yes, I hope it develops because other languages are way ahead if you compare. For practice, you can always try to get a separate "parent partner " (preferably a native, could be a relative) to help you, if not just use your fiance to help you practice. You will see how easier it gets with practise because you can know a lot of grammar but spoken is another different animal. So just start speaking, make mistakes and you will definitely grow in the language. Get some Swahili music, movies, and it can help you learn in fun ways.


Agreed. Hoping for more in depth lessons. But grateful nonetheless.

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