Swahili dictionary
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Freelang Swahili-English dictionary

Swahili (or Kiswahili) is the first language of the Swahili people, who inhabit the Indian Ocean coastline, from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, including the Comoros Islands. Although only 5 to 10 million people speak it as their native language, Swahili is a lingua franca of much of East Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a national or official language of four nations, and is the only African language among the official working languages of the African Union. It is a Bantu language, like Zulu.

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Word list information

List status: © Freelang

Swahili > English: 657 words
English > Swahili: 957 words

Last update: March 21, 2014
First upload: 1997

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Learning Swahili online

  • Mwana Simba - A Swahili learning method for beginner students, with lessons, grammar, conjugation, but also games, puzzles, etc.
  • Swahili online - Online course provided by the University of Illinois: language background, spelling and pronunciation guide, greetings and sentence patterns.
  • Swahili lessons - Useful Swahili words, Swahili dictionary and poems.
  • The Kamusi Project - Dictionaries (online and offline) and learning resources for the Swahili language.
  • Tim's and Lara Beth's Kenya page - Basic Swahili vocabulary.
  • Swahili people - A few facts about Swahili people.