Kipsigis Language

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Learn Kipsigis in Kenya

The Language School in Kenya offers short courses in Kipsigis language. Whether you are looking for Kipsigis lessons for adults or kids, we have a range of Kalenjin language programs for you. Kipsigis is a dialect of the larger Kalenjin community. Furthermore, learning Kipsigis language gives you the opportunity to learn the Kipsigis culture. Additionally, there’s no better way to learn Kipsigis culture without learning Kipsigis language. Culture expresses itself well through language among other elements and aspects of a particular community.

Our Kipsigis lessons target Kenyans in the diaspora who want to learn Kipsigis language. Many Kenyans work and live in the diaspora, and therefore lost touch with the homeland. Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity especially for the younger generation to learn and connect with their roots. Similarly, foreigners will find it useful when speaking with the Kipsigis. Consequently, learning Kipsigis language will enhance your connections with the Kipsigis community.

Additionally, we offer Kipsigis language lessons for kids, teens and youth who have grown up in urban centers. Your kids now have the opportunity to learn Kipsigis language with ease. We have integrated Kipsigis culture and history into our Kipsigis lessons.

Kipsigis Language - Kipsigis Tribe

Kenya is a melting pot of more than 68 distinct cultures. As Kenyans, we pride ourselves in living peacefully, side by side in such a varied cultural diversity. Each community in Kenya has its own unique language. And so is the Kipsigis community who speak the Kipsigis language. You can now join our Kipsigis classes and learn Kipsigis language with ease.

Kipsigis is one of the dialects  of the Kenyan Kalenjin tribe.  Thus the Kipsigis people in the south Rift Valley of Kenya speak Kipsigis language. The Kipsigis are the most numerous tribe of the Kalenjin community in Kenya. They form more than 60% of all Kalenjin speakers. The Kipsigis tribe has a population of about 2 million people.

Alongside the Nandi, the Kipsigis came from a place called “To”. They then separated during their migration. Today, the Nandi are their immediate neighbors to the north.

The neighbouring tribes include the Luo, the Kisii and the Maasai. Interestingly, the Kipsigis once called these people puniik, meaning “enemies”. However, relations with these tribes were not completely hostile. The relationship with the Maasai community was often characterized by fierce competition for cattle and grazing land. This often lead to frequent cattle raids and hostility. Despite the cattle raids, the Kipsigis and the Maasai have now intermarried and live peacefully as brothers and sisters.

The Kipsigis and their neighbours have often practiced trade for generations. For example, the Kipsigis mostly exchange their cattle for Kisii grain during famine.

Athletics Superstar Cherono Speaks Kipsigis Language Fluently.

Kipsigis language

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Urbanization is a great idea whose time has come. And so is globalization! They both have their own benefits. However, like everything else, they too have their downside. This is truer for the development of vernacular languages worldwide.

As such, the world has experienced unprecedented globalization and urbanization. The phenomenon started at the beginning of the 20th century and continues to this day. This is partly due to the explosion of information and communications technology.

Consequently, many Kipsigis have moved from their native homes into towns, cities and abroad. This is because of enhanced opportunities on the other side of the world. Similarly, pursuit of careers, education or personal ambitions are other factors.


Globalization therefore poses a serious threat to the development of local languages. In fact, several hundreds of languages are now threatened with extinction as a result. For instance, some parents migrated from their homeland in South Rift of Kenya to the US and other countries. Their children born in the abroad may likely lack the Kipsigis language skills to communicate with their parents.

Can you imagine the drama in family reunions in the village with kids who cannot communicate with their grandparents in Kipsigis?  You are right. It might be hilarious, sometimes bordering on the bizarre!

Why not bring your kids to the Language School in Kenya to learn the Kipsigis language and prevent these awkward moments?


The 21st Century has seen the whole world becoming a global village. This is due to rapid globalization and enhanced communication technology and international relations. There has also been marriage between communities in Kenya.

Likewise, this is happening between different nationalities globally. This includes the Kipsigis vs others. One of the key factors that contribute to success in marriage is good communication. And so does mutual understanding.

Are you a Kipsigis married to a foreigner in Kenya or abroad? Your kids could probably be struggling speaking Kipsigis language. You can now help your kids to learn Kipsigis language at The Language School in Kenya. This will give your relationship a new direction with meaningful conversations. You will thank me later!

If you live abroad, we offer online Kipsigis classes via zoom, Google classrooms and other online platforms. These is a useful opportunity not to be missed.

There are  only two original Kipsigis clans namely; Kipasisek and Kipsamaek while the rest were assimilated from Kisii the  tribe. The Kipsigis and the Kisii have a special relationship in that each Kisii clan is attached to another Kipsigis clan. Additionally, there are a number of Kipsigis clans of Kisii origin such as Kapbecherek is purely Kisii Abachere, Boguserek is Abagusero of Kisii attached to Kipindoek clan, Batoborik is absolutely Kisii Abatobori.

Other neighbours include the Okiek community. They are hunters and occupy the forest to the west. The Okiek are Kalenjin speakers. The Nandi and Okiek  have maintained intimate cultural and political relations with Kipsigis. They intermarry, share clan affiliations and participate in joint initiation ceremonies.

Like the Maasai, the Kipsigis is one of the communities in Kenya that still hold their cultural values dearly. The favorite meal for the Kipsigis people is Maize meal Kimyet that is enjoyed with traditional vegetables and beef. It is mostly combined with a glass of sour milk locally known as Mursik. Tea is also widely consumed among the Kipsigis, taken 3 times a day. It is not uncommon to have tea after the evening meal.

The arrival of the British colonialists transformed Kipsigis society through plantation. They took away nearly half of Kipsigis land. Through a series of pressure initiatives,  the Kipsigis were slowly drawn within the circle of the colonial market economy.

Due to the growing economy of the Kipsigis land, many neighbouring tribes such as the Luo and the Kisii came in search of employment. Many found jobs on Kipsigis farms, and spent years working for the same family.

Our school calendar is very flexible especially for private students. Private lessons start any time we have a new student.

For regular classes, we have new classes at the beginning of every month.

Why Learn Kipsigis ?

  • The Kipsigis Language is an important aspect in preserving and passing down culture to the next generation. Learning Kipsigis is thus one of the main ways of learning the Kipsigis culture.
  • Their language very rich folklore. It is practiced orally by telling stories popular wisdom, singing songs and playing word games. Therefore, learning the Kipsigis language is an excellent means of exploring and enjoying the Kipsigis folklore and traditions.
  • Furthermore, the Kipsigis language teaches and encourages respect for others and their opinions.
  • Similarly, it promotes an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature. It is an important tool in bridging the relationship between the Kipsigis in the diaspora who can’t communicate in the language with the natives of the language in their motherland.
  • Moreover, it leads to a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity and enhances integration into the Kipsigis community.
  • The Kipsigis is one of the communities which produce the best farm produce in Kenya. Consequently, it’s important to learn the language for easy trade and communication with the community.
  • Learning the Kipsigis language gives you the opportunity to interact with people freely, providing a greater opportunity of meeting new people, making new friends, more fun, and enjoyment.

The main purpose of this course is to enhance your communication of Kipsigis Language. It is designed to enable learners to develop the ability to communicate with ease with the native speakers. Without clear speech, you will not be understood clearly.

The course begins with basic lessons such as greetings and finishes up with lessons of self-expression in everyday life, for instance; at grocery stores, at banks, making telephone calls, following a conversation etc.

This course is divided into 4 modules of 30 hours each. The course will talk a total of 120 hours.  At the end of the course, you will be presented with a final test. There will be continuous assessment at regular intervals in between. This will help you and the teacher identify any areas of weakness that would require reinforcement.

Kipsigis Beginners’ Course entails reading, writing, speaking and listening. New grammar patterns are learned in the context of a conversation or a real-life situation. Students also use various activities to practice Kipsigis conversation including listening tasks, role plays, songs and discussions. Practical reading, writing tasks and vocabulary studies are presented as well in our 4 modules.

Our Kipsigis language syllabus closely follows the Kenyan primary school curriculum for Kipsigis language. Therefore, it is the same curriculum used to teach Kipsigis language to children in lower primaries in rural areas.

For the most part, the Kipsigis language is still taught in some of these schools, especially in the Rift Valley, even though it is usually not examined.

A general Kipsigis language course covers all the Four Language Skills:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

We regularly organize individual or private Kipsigis classes to meet your unique learning needs. The schedule is customized according to your schedule and convenience.

Further, we can offer Kipsigis language course tailored to specific objectives and requirements. This custom-made arrangement include Kipsigis language articulation. It is useful for learners who what to be able to improve their conversation fast.

The school regularly administer Continuous assessment tests (CATs). This helps to evaluate your progress. Similarly, it helps to highlight your weaknesses in order to give more attention to these areas.

At the end of the course, the school will issue you with a course completion certificate. We ask you to purchase the required study materials before the start of the course. However, the school may upon request, help you to purchase the materials.

The study materials include textbooks and listening CDs. Others are interactive digital platforms and Internet.

Have you ever imagine being able to learn Kipsigis classes from the comfort of your home? What about your office, or even while out if the field? Isn’t this wonderful?

You can now learn Kipsigis online at at your own convenience, pace and rhythm. Furthermore, this will save you the time you spend commuting to and from school.

As if that’s not enough, it will  save you some money which you could have used in transportation. Oh, did I even mention escaping the unimaginable traffic jams?

The benefits of learning Kipsigis online are numerous and undebatable. You can join our online Kipsigis classes and see how fast you progress!

Our school calendar is very flexible especially for private students. Private lessons start any time we have a new student.

For regular classes, we have new classes at the beginning of every month.

Study Options For Kipsigis Classes

The study options for Kipsigis language depend on your individual circumstances.  This also applies to all the other languages offered at the Language School in Kenya.

Moreover, we aim at making learning Kipsigis in our school a fun experience, and as comfortable as possible.

Normally, regular Kipsigis classes start at 9.00 am and continue throughout the day until 5.00 pm in the school premises on week days. You can thus choose to take Kipsigis lessons of between 2-5 hours at any time between the class hours according to your preference.

If you have other commitments during the day, we have early morning and evening classes. This arrangement can as well apply on weekends.

To summarize, the you determine your own timetable. This depends on your convenience, needs and availability. We also arrange make up Kipsigis classes if you miss classes with good reasons.

Lastly, we can conduct Kipsigis classes at your home or at your office for your convenience. This ensures you learn Kipsigis conveniently.

Duration for Each Level

There are FOUR levels that we cover under our Kipsigis language curriculum.

  • Level A1 = 120 hours.
  • Level A2 = 120 hours.
  • Level B1 = 180 hours.
  • Level B2 = 180 hours.

The duration you need to learn Kipsigis language largely depends on the study option you choose. In this case, the different study options for the Kipsigis classes are described as follows:

Option Hours per day Lessons per week Hours per month
Extensive 1.5 3 18
Standard 2 3 24
Semi intensive 2 4 32
Intensive 2 5 40
Super intensive 3 5 60
Immersion 5 5 100

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