Spoken by: 5-10 million (native)
80 million second
Spoken in: Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo (DRC), Oman, Comoros Islands (including Mayotte), Mozambique
Language family: Niger-Congo

Swahili, or Kiswahili, is the most widely-spoken African language, and is spoken throughout East Africa. It's an official national language in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

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The Foreign Service Institute has estimated that learning Swahili to a Professional Working Proficiency in the language (a score of Speaking-3/Reading-3 on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale) will take an average of 36 weeks (900 class hours).[1]

Resources Edit

There is an Foreign Service Institute course for Swahili.

Pimsleur offers a course in Swahili.

Duolingo offers a course in Swahili.

Rosetta Stone offers a course in Swahili.

References Edit

  1. U.S. Department of State; FSI's Experience with Language Learning;