Swahili, also known as Kiswahili, is a Bantu language. It is a national language in four countries (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo), and is a lingua franca in Southeast Africa, with around 60-150 million total speakers. It is an official language of the African Union.

External ResourcesEdit

Introductory Resources

Dictionaries and word resources (including their individual pronunciation)

  • Site with 200 words pronounced by native speakers in 8 different languages; Xhosa, Zulu, Amharic, Wolof, Hausa, Swahili, Igbo, and Akan Twi.
  • is a great website to hear native speakers of a language upload pronunciations of words in many different languages

Cheat Sheet/Grammar Guide

General Youtube videos and channels

Songs in Swahili

Popular/Useful sites for learning Swahili

Books and Courses

News, podcasts and radio


ReferencesEdit Duolingo comment detailing lots of Swahili resources. Most of the links listed above are taken from this comment

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