In this post, you’ll see the list of countries that speak the Swahili language, alongside few facts and things you need to know about Swahili.
The Swahili language or Kiswahili is spoken majorly in East African countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is estimated that the number of Swahili speakers ranges from 50 million to over 100 million.
Swahili originated from the Bantu, and the part of the language has been influenced, to a small extent, by Arabic. There are 36 consonants and 5 vowels in the standard Swahili language.
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Orthography of Swahili
|Arabic Swahili||Roman Swahili|
|ـب||ـبـ||بـ||ب||b p mb mp bw pw mbw mpw|
|ـج||ـجـ||جـ||ج||j nj ng ng’ ny|
|ـر||ر||r d nd|
|ـط||ـطـ||طـ||ط||t tw chw|
|ـظ||ـظـ||ظـ||ظ||z th dh dhw|
|ـغ||ـغـ||غـ||غ||gh g ng ng’|
|ـف||ـفـ||فـ||ف||f fy v vy mv p|
|ـق||ـقـ||قـ||ق||k g ng ch sh ny|
Should I Learn Swahili?
When it comes to languages that we will need to communicate effectively with anyone in Africa, Swahili is at the top of the list
To begin with, Swahili is used by nearly 100 million people to communicate. Swahili is not the first language of the majority of these people, but it’s so widely spoken as a second language that it is regarded as one of East Africa’s main lingua francas.
Another reason is that it enables us to visit a variety of countries where we want to explore and engage with people that we haven’t really had the opportunity to in our lifetime. Kenya and Uganda, as well as Kenya and a host of several other countries in Africa including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique, are among them.
Africa is a continent where we haven’t spent plenty of time in, so there are a large number of cultures and persons with whom we are yet to understand. Tourists should strive to overcome these differences created by lack of understanding and begin to see others as only different variations of themselves– something we already know but want to experience.