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La_Pluie
Monday 20th of December 2004 08:02:30 AM
Kenya yetu: I don't much about Kenya yet, but it seems like a wonderful country. And just this year, a million new students have showed up at school thanks to the removal of the price! I wonder how they find the teachers for this... I want to learn Swahili so I can go teach there someday, but I don't know if I could ever learn enough Swahili to teach. I would teach English probably... Really, anything I could. But I'm probably just dreaming...

Anyone want to discuss Kenya with me? Is it a peaceful country? It seems to be...


et249
Tuesday 01st of February 2005 12:00:29 AM
kenya: kenya is amazing - a really wonderful place. i am trying to learn swahilli too :-)


jifunsa
Monday 14th of February 2005 05:06:48 AM
kenya: im from kenya. holla at me people.


twendenatime
Monday 07th of March 2005 06:10:53 AM
hmmmm!: Funny how a person who was raised and grew up in the US and doesn't even speak Swahili wants to help out people who are interested in Kenya.
Anyway, I lived in Kenya for three years (originally from Tanzania) and I have to say it is a nice country, no doubt on that. Learning Swahili might be of help but not for sure. Be flexible and open for new things, might need that more. The coastal areas speak Swahili, when you move further to the inland they speak less Swahili and more other languages (kukuyu, Luo ...). I lived in a house where they had four workers and the first few days I thought they didn't like each other because they didn't talk to each other. But then I found out, that they didn't have a common language, they spoke both very poor Swahili and just a few words English and other languages. Funny and sad that people living in the same country don't communicate because they lack a common language. Yes some speak English but that is such a small amount of people, besides the ones who speak English are rearelly the ones who need any help. And Swahili isn't such a hard language, you just have to want to learn it. See, things are pronounced the way they are written and the grammatik is very easy. My mother is originally not from Tanzania (she is European) and she moved to Tanzania when she was over 20 and yet she managed to learn Swahili, she is actually a teacher as well and taught in a public school for over 15 years and she taught most of the times in Swahili. Because it makes little sense to teach them in English if they can't understand you. I would say, Swahili is a language that you can learn no matter how old and how young you are. It is a pretty new language which means it is still developing and has alot of words from other languages (Arabic, German, English ...) which means alot of words you could tell what they mean. Here a small test, tell me what the following words mean (pronounce them the way they are written).
Kona
Shule
Posta
Stempu
baiskeli
Motokaa
Sketi
Shati
and a whole lot more. My brother-in-law is Arabic and he learnd Swahili pretty fast as well because he knew alot of words from the Arabic language. And the best part, unlike German, English, French, and Spanish we write just a few things in capital letters, so the writing will be easy to learn. Names (peoples names) are written in capital letters, countries as well and a few other things but all animals and languages and nouns (unlike German) are all written in small letters. Wish you luck. Kilalaheri!


hakupenda
Sunday 03rd of April 2005 12:39:15 AM
swahili: Hi evryones

i really want to learn the swahili and if someone can help me for that please give me a sign!!!




Mwangy
Wednesday 13th of April 2005 06:36:18 PM
Ya, swahili is just one of the simplest languages to learn. In Kenya its widely spoken though not like in Tanzania where swahili is the official language.


Icatjam
Thursday 19th of May 2005 04:03:26 PM
learning swahili!!!!!: I have just joined this site today and did not take in exactly what i was joining... i thought i would have access to Swahili phrases etc to learn but cant find a thing...
It seems i need to find someone who is going to correspond with me in order to learn the language... or am i mistaken?
I have visited the Mombasa area 3 times in the last 16 months and I love the people I have met there.. I went originally to meet a friends family and fell in love with the place . Obviously, this is why I wish to learn the language.Being a natural English speaker it is too easy in this world to visit almost anywhere and find English spoken... makes us lazy..haha but i am determined to learn.
Bye for now
Take care all and keep smiling
Catherine


ronniepops
Sunday 12th of June 2005 10:43:51 PM
Need to learn swahili quick: Hello guys, i am a new member at this site and i need to learn swahili so much and in a quick time. i am intending on going to Dar-es-salaam to meet a friend's family. i need to know swahili since they dont speak english.

can someone here please help me to learn the language. i highly appreciate it

Asante sana
Kwaheri
Ronnie Pops


catgibb
Sunday 17th of July 2005 06:13:10 AM
learning swahili: useful site for learning Swahili
http://www.word2word.com/coursead.html#swahili
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/kiswahili/video/video.html
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/afl/lessons.html
http://www.blissites.com/kenya/language.html
http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/9754/learnkiswahili.html
http://www.glcom.com/hassan/lessons/useful_swahili_words.html

good luck


catgibb
Sunday 17th of July 2005 06:43:56 AM
learning swahili: this site is very good

http://www.travlang.com/languages/index.html


kenyanchick_06
Sunday 24th of July 2005 02:44:48 AM
Swahili: Jambo manzi na chile. Habari gani. Teach me Swahilis someone. I know you're like shouldnt I know swahili. I know some swahili but its all slang swahili and i was talking to this guy from up north and i was speaking slang but what i was saying actually meant something else in swahili and i am always around young kenyans because I am young and I listen to them and I pick it up because they are better at it than I am. Anyways, I love Kenya, especially Nairobi. If anyone knows it, teach me Kikuyu. I really want to learn it. Thats my mother tongue. She's dead now and my dad isnt a true native of Kenya. He was born there but his parents arent Kenyan. They moved from Australlia. But the Kenyan runs through his blood because of his grandfather. He met my mother there and they were married. They left London, but thats not how I learned french. I learned french through school. But anyways, help me.


davystu61
Saturday 03rd of September 2005 04:36:43 AM
Swahili......Kiswahili....: Salama,habari?Having visited Tanzania jan-feb 2004 for 28 days voluntary work,found the Lonely Planet Swahili phrasebook a good help for my first time on African soil.However,when I got a question in return I was stopped in my tracks at times,making many a blunder generally amongst African smiles and joyous laughter.Prior to my journey I did try the Linguaphone tapes,ok but having experienced being alongside a colleague who was fluent in Swahili,I believe we miss out on so much in the everyday interaction of the people we meet.Hence my reason for dicovering and logging into Phrasebase as there is a possibility of returning to Tabora in the near future.My sincere wish is that I could converse in everyday Swahili..Kiswahili when I return,I don`t see it as an easy task but am willing to give my best,amid the laughter!!Bahati njema.


marangich
Wednesday 25th of October 2006 07:41:34 PM
Kiswahili in kenya.: Kiswahili is widely spoken in kenya despite what twendenatime says.I know for sure a swahili speaker will have no problem bieng understood in any corner of kenya.true,that some kenyans speak kiswahili with poor accent and without much regard to correct grammer or mix with english alot but everybody knows swahili.It is the common language of communication for people who speak different languages.English is the official language while Kiswahili is the national language.It is the language of the marketplace .
In Tanzania it is the official language.Schools teach all subjects in swahili medium and and their parliamentarians debate in swahili.
that is the main difference.



La_Pluie
Monday 12th of March 2007 08:03:26 AM
Oh, my silly ramblings are now years past... hmmm... Teaching Swahili, yeah, I am not worried about that now. :P I am just learning it... I have much to learn... That is all I know.

Ninasoma kiswahili. I haven't found any Swahili speakers to talk to... That's the problem. I can't say that I will be going to Kenya or Tanzania any time soon, so this just seems weird... But I want to learn the language for its own sake, so I will continue for the moment.

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