Swahili is the official language of Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya, as well as the African Union (along with English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese). In the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is considered a “national language”. It is used by some 80 million people in East Africa and is considered their “lingua franca” in a territory where there are dozens of other languages. Interestingly, only 2% of the local population consider it their mother tongue in sociolinguistic surveys. By some estimates, Swahili speakers could number between 120 and 150 million people. A steady increase in Swahili speakers is expected, thanks to the importance given mainly by educational institutions in Kenya and Tanzania, where it is the official language, as well as the growing interest on the part of the Afro-American community in its study and dissemination as a language. of pan-African construction. Its origin is imprecise and must be located in the contact on the African coast of the Indian Ocean, in particular on the island of Zanzibar, between Bantu, Arab and Persian communities, which gave rise to the Swahili civilization between the 8th and 12th centuries of the era. Christian. Swahili has literature written in Arabic alphabet since the 18th century. One of the earliest known works in Swahili is an epic poem entitled “Utenzi wa Tambuka” (“The Song of Tambuka”), dated 1728. After this brief introduction to the language, we leave you set phrases and words that may be useful to you on your trip to Tanzania.
KARIBU SUEÑOS DE AFRICA SAFARI
BEFORE THEN NOW PLUS LESS LITTLE BIT A LOT SLOWLY QUICK QUICKLY
FRIEND SIR MS CHILD GIRL GRANDFATHER GRANDMOTHER FATHER MOTHER WIFE HUSBAND
COLD HOT RAIN WIND SUN Clouds STARS STRONG SUN
CAR MOTORCYCLE BICYCLE BUS TRAIN PLANE SHIP GASOLINE
LEFT RIGHT UP DOWN BEHIND IN FRONT OF LET’S GO STOP
KUMI NA MOJA
ZERO ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN ELEVEN TWENTY THIRTY FORTY FIFTY SIXTY SEVENTY EIGHTY NINETY ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND MILLION
WE HOPE THAT THIS BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO SUAJILI WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY. WE WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND THE VOCABULARY, VISIT US FROM TIME TO TIME TO SEE OUR NEWS AND CONTINUE LEARNING SUAJILI.
SAFARI NJEMA !! (GOOD TRIP!!)