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Top Resources for Learning Swahili

Learn Swahili with these useful resources from around the web.

There’s never been a better time to learn a language. No matter your age or experience, a plethora of tools and resources are available to get you started or help you improve your language skills.

Best of all, many of these resources are completely free.

Check out the links below to jump-start your Swahili.



Omniglot - Basic overview of Swahili with alphabet and useful links
Wikipedia - Overview of the Swahili language

Free Courses

Foreign Service Institute (via 101 Languages) - Swahili Basic course

Amazon - Swahili language learning materials
Swahili Pod 101 - Modern learning suite with audio and video lessons
Pimsleur - Comprehensive Swahili course based on the Pimseleur method


Defense Language Institute - Swahili language survival kit basic guide
Surface Languages - Basic Swahili phrases with audio
Wikivoyage - Swahili travel phrases (no audio)

Dictionaries and Translation

Bab.la - Swahili-English online dictionary
Bab.la - English-Swahili online dictionary
Google Translate - Translate to and from Swahili

Grammar and Vocabulary

Forvo - Collection of Swahili words pronounced by native speakers
Memrise - Spaced repetition site and app for learning Swahili vocabulary
Verbix - Swahili verb conjugation tool


Easy Languages - Learn Swahili from authentic street interviews
Swahili Pod 101 - Modern learning suite with audio and video lessons
TED - Watch TED talks with Swahili subtitles and transcripts
YouTube - Search videos for learning Swahili

Radio and Podcasts

Social Media

Meetup - List of Swahili language meetups worldwide
Reddit - /r/learnswahili subreddit for learning Swahili
Reddit - /r/swahili subreddit for learning Swahili


Children's Library - Children's books in Swahili
Wikivoyage - Swahili travel phrases (no audio)


Other Resources

Articles and Opinion

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