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An introduction to Swahili

Swahili is the most widely spoken of the African indigenous languages, acting as the lingua franca of the East Africa region. If you’re an English-speaker there are chances that you will already recognise some words that have been adopted from Swahili, such as ‘bicycle’ and ‘doctor’.

Click on the image below to watch an introductory lesson to Swahili from Steve Kay, one of the leaders of our students’ trip to Tanzania in 2016. The password for the video is shikamoomarahaba

Our Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili course is unique; it is our only course that transports the academic excellence from our University so you can learn on location. With Swahili lessons at both Beginner and Intermediate level, this is an amazing chance to absorb a new culture, language, and learning experience.