The Swahili language is spoken by millions of East and Central Africans in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, as well as in Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Comoro Islands, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Nothern Zambia. Swahili is the offical national language of Kenya and Tanzania and is one of the working langauges of the African Union. The number of Swahili speakers in Africa increases yearly because of its everyday use in media, commerce, education, and as a regional lingua franca. Swahili cultural heritage is intrinsically connected to African Studies, Africana Studies, and the study of other cultures of African origin in other places in the world. So learning a widely-spoken African language, like Swahili, is essential to being an informed, globalized citizen.
Filipo Lubua, Swahili Coordinator, email@example.com
Leonora Kivuva, Swahili Instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in Study Abroad? Check out the LCTL Study Abroad page to learn how to study Swahili in Tanzania!
The English word 'Safari' is actually borrowed from Swahili
Fan of the Lion King? Many key words from the movie are Swahili words. For example, Simba means Lion in Swahili!
Fan of Star-Trek? Lieutenant Uhura's name means 'freedom' in Swahili
Kiswahili is actually derived from the Arabic word meaning "language of coastal dwellers"
More people (about 20 times more) claim Swahili as their second language, not their first
In Swahili, 1 o'clock am refers to the first hour after sunrise (7 am other places in the world)
Michael Jackson's song 'Liberian Girl' lyrics aren't Liberian, they're Swahili.
"Swahili is so different from other languages I've studied which makes learning and speaking it really fun both inside and outside the classroom"
"With Swahili, you're not only learning a means of communication, but a culture and a way of being. "
"Learning Swahili is an incredible opportunity! he class atmosphere is open, fun, and energetic."
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