Swahili Classes for Kids

Your kid can now learn Swahili with us. The Kiswahili lessons are customized for kids to learn Swahili fast. Let your kid speak Swahili like a native. We now have private, Online, and face to face classes.

Our Swahili Courses

You can now Learn Swahili at The Language School in Kenya. We are arguably one of the best language schools in Kenya offering Swahili classes. We are privileged to have extensive experience teaching Swahili.

We teach Swahili to foreigners in East Africa since 2010 to speak Swahili easily. We are today recognized as one of the best Swahili language school in East Africa to learn Swahili.

With our new campus in Zanzibar, we are ready for top quality instruction of Swahili in East Africa. With our time-tested teaching methods suited for adult learning, you will learn to speak Swahili like a native.

We propose different Swahili courses. Moreover, we can offer the courses on a tailor-made basis upon request. Similarly, we offer special tailor-made Swahili courses for small and large groups upon request. The Swahili classes are suitable for individuals, groups or organizations.

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Kiswahili Courses

General Swahili Classes for Beginners

Volunteers from JICA learning Swahili for Beginners
Volunteers from JICA learning Swahili for Beginners

The Language School in Kenya offers short courses in Swahili language. The Swahili for Beginners is designed for students who want to speak Kiswahili within the shortest time possible. Our students come from different countries and cultures.

If you are an expatriate and a foreigner working in Kenya or East Africa, this is for you. You could be working with local communities or are planning to settle in Kenya. Likewise, if want to learn Swahili so as to integrate seamlessly into the local culture, this is the best Swahili course for you.

We offer different levels of Kiswahili language courses as described below. The courses take different durations to complete. Further, our programs can be tailored to suit your needs and convenience.

Moreover, we have classes for the whole family. This is ideal if you want to learn together as  a family. Our teacher can come to your place or vice-versa.

Target Group: Missionaries, expats, volunteers and  Kenyans in the Diaspora.

Swahili Online Classes

Learn Swahili Online
Learn Swahili Online

By last year, did you ever imagine how convenient it could be to learn Swahili online? You can now learn from the comfort of your home or office. 

 

The new normal of doing things as a result of  COVID-19 pandemic is remote working or working online. This includes learning thanks to rapid advancement in technology. From now forward, you can now join a Kiswahili class from your bedroom. Yes, you got me right. From your bed, office or even from your kitchen.

 

The Language School in Kenya is one of the best language schools to learn Swahili online. We are among the pioneers to adapt this new way of teaching Kiswahili to foreigners online. Students in foreign universities taking African studies and Kiswahili language can also learn Swahili online.

 

Further, we offer different Kiswahili courses online. Whether it Swahili for kids or Swahili for adults, anyone is covered in our innovative approach to learning Swahili. The Swahili classes can be arranged according to your convenience and needs. We also know your schedule could be busy. That’s why we have made the Swahili lessons to be as flexible and interactive as possible.

Summer School Kenya - Swahili

We regularly organize summer school programs for learning Swahili in Kenya, Zanzibar or mainland Tanzania. There is no better way to learn Swahili other than in the native countries where Swahili is spoken as a first language!

These customized, academic Swahili courses are excellent for students pursuing Swahili language in universities abroad. We have so far held successful programs to students from USA pursuing Masters and PhD programs. They study courses like Comparative Literature, African Studies, History and Government etc.

Our past students have come from The Michigan State University and The University of Michigan, Manitoba University Canada and many others.

We have recently opened the Zanzibar Campus in Zanzibar Island, the cradle of the standard Swahili language, for this purpose. The Zanzibar Campus welcomed its first student under this program in August 2019. The student is currently a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature.

Target Group: Foreign University students taking African studies, History, Literature or related fields.

Summer School in Kenya

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Swahili for Families

Families can now learn and practise Swahili together. We have the perfect solution for families that want to learn together. The parents can be learning while their kids are also learning Swahili at the same time. The classes are organized separately due to the needs of each age group.

This program is ideal for families moving to settle in a Kenya, Tanzania or Zanzibar, or in any country where Swahili is spoken. It’s awesome to be able to communicate effectively with the local people in their language in a new country, especially when the success of your mission depends on it.

We have specialist teachers for kids, youth and adults. Our approaches focus on similar age groups due to their similar interests, leaning abilities and approaches. This makes sure everyone is well catered for.

Missionaries and expatriates coming to settle in East Africa will greatly benefit from this program.

What We Do Best

  • Masters of the Swahili language : Since 2010, we have strived to become one of the best language schools in Kenya. We have trained hundreds of students who now speak Swahili fluently.
  • Experienced and qualified teachers : As a result, their experience together with innovative teaching methods ensure you get the best quality education. You will, without doubt, enjoy your Kiswahili lessons.
  • Small group classes : we focus on small groups to guarantee that you get maximum attention from the teacher. This way, you will learn Swahili fast.
  • Corporate Swahili classes : We regularly organize Kiswahili classes for companies and other organizations interested in learning swahili.
  • Online Swahili Classes : We are among the pioneers in offering Swahili classes online. You can now learn from anywhere. No more missing classes.
  • Flexibility : Our classes are flexible to suit your timetable and schedule. Very convenient for you if you are busy or travel often.

Kiswahili Course Description

This is the introduction of Swahili language to beginners. It is designed to enable learners develop the ability to communicate with ease with other Swahili speakers.

This course is intended for students with little or no knowledge of Kiswahili. The course begins with basic lessons such as greetings and finishes up with lessons of self-expression in everyday life e.g. at grocery stores, at bank, at post office, making telephone calls etc.

The major goals are to enable students to develop communicative skills in Swahili through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At the end of the course the student will be able to use a set of communication tools to comprehend and speak about a set of social situations.

The student will be able to communicate and discuss basic personal history, leisure time activities, work situations and use Swahili for day to day activities such as visiting the market. Essential skills such as asking and answering simple questions will be mastered

ELEMENTARY 1 – 60 hrs

Swahili Elementary 1 is a continuation of Swahili Beginners Level A1 (or equivalent). The course aims to build on existing knowledge of Swahili. It will also provide a broader understanding of Swahili language and culture.

Teaching is predominantly in Swahili and students are expected to prepare for class discussions and presentations. Effective communication in Swahili is the aim of this course. Students will be expected to participate in ‘real life’ situations through role play. For example, bargaining for goods at a local market. Students will form discussion groups to express thoughts and opinions. There will be written work involving translation.

At the end of Swahili Elementary 1, students will be able to understand more advanced grammatical structures and engage in discussions of a more complex nature.

ELEMENTARY 2 – 60 hrs

Swahili Elementary 2 is designed for those learners who have completed Swahili Elementary 1. The course aims at further immersion in use of the Swahili and its cultural context. Teaching is predominantly in Swahili and students are expected to prepare for class discussions and presentations. Effective communication in Swahili is the aim of this course. Students will be expected to participate in ‘real life’ situations through role play. For example, bargaining for goods at a local market. Students will form discussion groups to express thoughts and opinions. There will be written work involving translation.

At the end of Swahili Elementary 2, students will have achieved a basic level of fluency in the spoken language and will have a good working knowledge of advanced grammatical structures.

There’s nothing better that being able to express yourself confidently to your clients and colleagues.

The Kiswahili Intermediate level deals with more advanced forms of expression, grammar and vocabulary required for an intermediate qualification.
It will equip the learner with language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and cultural information to make one a competent user of Swahili.

Additionally, the course will provide the learner with the opportunity to enhance soft skills such as collaboration and respect for others’ opinions. Others are netiquette, planning and managing one’s own learning, etc

At the end of the course, a learner should be able to:

  • Make travelling arrangements in Swahili;
  • Describe leisure activities;
  • Express and defend an opinion on an issue;
  • Explain dreams and hopes;
  • Write simple texts on familiar topics;
  • Discuss political and economic activities;
  • Write an official letter;
  • Translate documents from Swahili to English and vice-versa;
  • Highlight the main points of a newspaper article, news item, etc;
  • Write short poems;
  • Read and answer questions on short Swahili narratives;
  • Discuss social issues such as marriage, art, dances, etc;
  • Explain environmental issues such as climate change, sanitation, water, etc.;
  • Answer questions on an extract of a Swahili novel;
  • Work effectively in groups;
  • Respect netiquette;
  • Plan and manage one’s own learning (learning autonomy).

Study Options For Kiswahili Classes

There are several study options tailored to your needs and convenience. You may want to complete one level in a matter of days or weeks. For example, you can take Immersion program, which will take 5 weeks to learn Beginners Swahili. The same duration applies to level A2. This is ideal for those who want to settle in a new language and environment soonest.

Yet some students are comfortable with a slow paced program. Is you are busy at work, you can take a less intense program like the extensive or standard option, but this will take a little longer to complete one level. This entirely depends on you!

Study Option & Duration

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

Importance of Learning Swahili

Everyone Speaks Swahili !

Everyone speaks Swahili

Almost everyone in East Africa, speaks Kiswahili. From Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, southern Somali, Zanzibar, the Comoros, Southern Malawi even the Sultanate of Oman. Swahili, also called Kiswahili in its native name, is a Bantu language. It’s also the first language of the Swahili people.

Swahili, (or Kiswahili as it is called in Swahili language) is the most important and widely studied indigenous language of Africa. Moreover, It is the national and official language of Kenya and Tanzania.

As a result, it is spoken as a native language on the East coast of Africa. Similarly, it is native to the islands adjacent to the coast from Southern Somalia down through the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts.

A Language of Global News Media

BBC Swahili Service

Radio broadcasts such as the British Broadcast Corporation air Swahili language programs. Similarly, the Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, Radio China International, Radio Japan also air the Kiswahili broadcasts.

Moreover, we hear Kiswahili in songs of famous singers such as Miriam Makeba and in popular films like the Lion King. African-Americans refer to their annual cultural festival as Kwanzaa. It is derived from the Swahili word kwanza or ‘first.’

Most Studied African Language

Swahili, undoubtedly is the king of African languages. It’s stature and importance continues to grow by the day. Several countries in Africa have adopted Kiswahili as one of their languages and is being taught in schools. It will soon become the language to unite Africa.

Academic institutions from Japan in the east to Mexico in the west teach Swahili. It can be used to fulfill language requirements. The study of Swahili also provides interesting issues regarding language policies and language planning.

Whatever the area of research one is in, be it linguistics, anthropology, geography, archaeology, or even sociology, knowledge of Swahili and its many varieties is essential if one is working in the East African region.

There are many benefits of speaking the Swahili language. This includes the fact that it serves as a good vehicle to accessing Swahili culture. Kiswahili has a long written tradition and remarkable history.

Finally, speaking Kiswahili enhances the credibility of researchers interested in East Africa. Moreover, it endears them unto the host community.

A Rich Culture & History

Learn Swahili in Kenya

Swahili has a long history and culture. It dates from the time of Arabian traders over many centuries. Under the influence of Arabs, Swahili became the lingua franca of the several closely related Bantu-speaking tribal groups.

Much of Swahili’s Bantu vocabulary has cognates in the Pokomo, Taita and Mijikenda languages. Additionally, it has relies on, to a lesser extent, other East African Bantu languages.

Learning Kiswahili therefore enhances your integration into the local culture. In addition, it will  enhance your work experience. Lastly, it will endears you much unto the local community.

The success of your mission may well depend on your ability to learn and speak Swahili. This will enhance effective communication which is a recipe for success in any undertaking. We are here to ensure you succeed with us.

We Accept New Applications Every Week.

You can join our Swahili courses at the beginning of every new week. Private classes and home schooling starts at any time that suits your convenience.