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The most extensively studied indigenous language in Africa is swahili, or kiswahili as it is known while speaking. It is spoken as a native language all along the east coast of Africa, from southern Somalia in the north all the way down through the coasts of Kenya and Tanzania. It is the official language of both Kenya and Tanzania. Millions of people, mostly in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and East Zaire, speak it as a second language. Additionally, there are speakers in other parts of the world besides Africa. While conservative estimates put the number of Swahili speakers at two million, it is believed that between 50 and 100 million individuals can speak Swahili fluently as a second, third, or even fourth language. Among the many languages that have impacted Swahili, which is a Bantu language, are Arabic, Portuguese, and German. 

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Learning a foreign language as a student opens doors to scholarships and student exchanges. Funding is more difficult to obtain the more widely spoken the language. Studying a less often taught language like Swahili gives you the chance to experience a different culture and nation and may even lead to studying abroad.

Learn African cultures

There is a Swahili proverb that reads MTU NI WATU, or MAN IS A PEOPLE. The world has been influenced by African civilizations, and Arab traders who arrived from the Middle East and locals in contact with one other led to the development of Swahili as a commercial language. Many other languages, including German, English, French, and Portuguese, have largely benefited from the predominant influence of Arabic over time.

Generate new friendships

You can establish a strong connection with native speakers if you know Swahili. Saying “Hakuna Matata” instead of “no problem” sends a completely different message.

Our Business Opportunities and Research

Swahili is positioned to overtake English as the dominant language of trade in Africa, whether you want to do research, study or teach overseas, or learn about the economics of Africa in a global context. One of the most frequently touted justifications for studying Swahili is its usefulness for travel and research. Swahili is a popular elective in schools, and as IT infrastructure expands, more options for business and academic study will be available.


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