Resources for Learning Swahili

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Posts931Likes588Joined18/3/2018LocationBellingham / US
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My level in Swahili used to be about B1 (lower intermediate) 17 years ago, but I've forgotten almost all of it so I'm putting together a list of resources that I plan on using to bring it up to speed before returning to Tanzania. If you have any suggestions, please post them below. If I like them I might add them to my list.


Base program:

Pimsleur Swahili


Audio supplement:

Swahilipod101


Dictionary:

Online Swahili Dictionary


Text Books/Grammars:

Teach Yourself Swahili

Simplified Swahili

Swahili: A Foundation for Speaking, Reading, and Writing


Reading & Listening

Learning by Ear

Storybooks Canada Kiswahili




I'm reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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Glossika has Swahili but they're service is now a monthly subscription. Their courses tend to be okay, and when I bought my first Glossika course back in 2016 they were a reasonable 70 usd for the whole package. I'm not sure if their older resources can't be found. You can find a few of them still up for sale on Amazon, but none for Swahili. 


Also check the usual fare of yojik.eu/livelingua for the FSI/DLI/Peacecorps things, and bible.is if you're hard up for listening material. I wish you kept a log Leo to see what you do daily would be probably inspiring for the newbies here.

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Thanks for your suggestions! Glossika doesn't fit my learning style very well. I'd consider using it in the style of the old "Learn in your car", audio only, if I was commuting regularly but that's not going to happen. I've checked out the FSI and it might be ok as a reference but it's very dated. I'm not religious, so no bible for me. Honestly, I think the language is going to come right back. One thing that I'm really lacking is a good source of text with audio, like a news station that does transcripts or something. 


I'll consider doing a log, but only if I feel it's an interesting read. Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to write about daily routines and such.

I'm reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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