Complete Swahili: A Teach Yourself Guide

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February 4, 2011


Paperback, 432 pages


0071758844 / 9780071758840


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It's easy to teach yourself Swahili!

Complete Swahili: A Teach Yourself Guide provides you with a clear and comprehensive approach to Swahili, so you can progress quickly from the basics to understanding, speaking, and writing Swahili with confidence.

Within each of the 24 thematic chapters, important language structures are introduced through life-like dialogues. You'll learn grammar in a gradual manner so you won't be overwhelmed by this tricky subject. Exercises accompany the texts and reinforce learning in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This program also features current cultural information boxes that reflect recent changes in society.


  • One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started
  • Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience
  • Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress
  • Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of the basics of the language

    Table of contents

    Hujambo? How are you? / Kwenda Posta - Going to the Post Office / Hotelini - In the hotel / Sokoni - At the market / Kwenya Duka la Sanaa - At the craft shop / Matembezi Jioni - An evening walk / Kupika kwa Mama Mzee - Cooking at grandmother's / Kusafiri ni Kuzuri! Travelling is good! / Safari ya Basi - A bus journey / Chumba Kizuri! A good room! / Mialiko - Invitations / Hairuhusiwi Kuegesha! No parking! / Kujufunza Lugha - Learning a Language / Siku ya Taabu - A day of troubles / Katika Mbuga ya Wanyama - In the game park / Mlimani: Kuna Nini? On the moutain: what's the matter? / Mchezaji Soka na Wachezaji Ngoma - A soccer player and some dancers / Barua Zimewasili! Some letters have arrived! / Swahili-English vocabulary / English-Swahili vocabulary

    Author comments

    Joan Russell was born in London and taught there for a few years before leaving for Tanzania, where she taught in various institutions over the next seven years. She is currently a senior lecturer in linguistics and African studies at the University of York.

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