Essential Swahili Dictionary: A Teach Yourself Guide

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November 4, 2010


Paperback, 304 pages


0071747427 / 9780071747424


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Main description

With more than 14,000 definitions, including everyday idioms and expressions, this dictionary helps you understand what the people of East Africa are really saying

Don’t be intimidated by Swahili! Essential Swahili Dictionary contains the most frequently used Swahili words and reflects contemporary usage of the language. Inside you’ll find the words you need for work, school, and your lifestyle; the vocabulary comes from a wide variety of contexts--including the media and information technology.


  • One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started
  • Author insights for lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author’s many years of experience
  • Useful vocabulary, easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking
  • Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of the East Africa region

Table of contents

Contents / Meet the author / Only got a minute? / Only got five minutes? / Only got ten minutes? / Preface / Bibliography / Introduction / A concise grammar / Notes on the Swahili–English section / Swahili–English dictionary / Notes on the English–Swahili section / English–Swahili dictionary

Author comments

Joan Russell has worked in Kenya and Tanzania and taught Swahili for many years at the University of York.

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