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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



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


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


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'.


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


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.


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.


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


I would love longer passages. I lived in Tanzania for 2 years and was fluent, but that was 20 years ago. I would like to go a bit further with my Swahili.


Yes longer passages would be great.. You were fluent? So that means you are not too bad even after 20 years. Probably read newspaper passages as well? I would recommend a few


That would be great.


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.


I have been listening to Swahili music all my life and can sing it but have no idea what half of it says. A lot of music I listen to is from different parts of Africa and even my fiance can't translate it correctly. He says I can write and read Swahili better than some Kenyans and I even pronounce the words great but catching the words as they are spoken is so hard for me. It is spoken so fast. I am however great at improvising. I can catch words & guess what was said. My boyfriend asked me was I full I'd never heard it before and he knew it but I knew we were talking about dinner so I responded nimeshiba and it shocked him that I was able to form a response based on what i know. I learn extremely quickly but he works a lot. Just wish I had more exposure. Sometimes I talk to his mother through text but that doesn't help my conversations skills.


Yes, singing along is different from understanding, like you can comfortably sing "Delicia delicia asi voce me mata" haha or a french song without even knowing the meaning because of repetition. However, since you can read and write all that is left is the practice now. because you seem to be on a higher level. Also, podcasts could help do you listen to podcasts? Get someone other than your fiance to help :) Through any form of communication that you are comfortable with, WhatsApp, telegram, skype, etc You may need a Kamusi(Dictionary) as well, I think you can get some online.https://sw.oxforddictionaries.com/ Check this one out as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK1jShU9gSg

Which languages do you speak fluently?


Those are great resources thank you. No I don't listen to podcasts. I should try that. I actually am not fluent in any one language other than English. I have proficient knowledge of Spanish but not fluent. I know tons of words and simple phrases. I've studied French two years in high school and know a handful of Creole. But in all of those languages I can read and write better than speak it. In Spanish I can actually understand a lot due to being around it a lot but forming sentences is hard. I have a fascination with other languages.


I haven't heard someone speak Creole before haha I could help you practice whenever you would like.


Unfortunately I am not learning German. Where are you from in Africa?

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