Hi Swahili (individual language) learners! 😊
Welcome to the Complete 0 to A1 Swahili Course, designed for complete beginners who want to learn Swahili from scratch and reach the A1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
In this course, you will learn the Swahili language systematically through a series of interactive lessons in grammar, vocabulary, culture, and communication. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Introduce yourself and others in Swahili
- Understand basic Swahili grammar, including nouns, verbs, and cases
- Build up your Swahili vocabulary with common words and phrases
- Communicate in everyday situations, such as greetings, shopping, transportation, and health
- Discover Swahili culture, including food, music, literature, festivals, and proverbs
Here is a summary of the table of contents:
Introduction to Swahili Grammar
- Nouns: Learn the basics of Swahili nouns, including singular and plural forms, gender, and agreement with adjectives.
- Verbs: Explore the basic verb forms and tenses in Swahili, including present, past, and future tense, as well as subject-verb agreement and word order.
- Cases: Understand the different noun cases in Swahili, including the nominative, accusative, the genitive, possessive, and locative cases.
- Adjectives: Learn to use adjectives in Swahili. Topics include their use as attributive and predicate adjectives, agreement with nouns, and comparison of adjectives.
Greetings and Introductions
- Greetings and Farewells: Learn to use basic Swahili greetings and farewells, including introductions and responses.
- Names and Nationalities: Build your Swahili vocabulary with common names and nationalities.
- Numbers and Counting: Master cardinal and ordinal numbers, counting, and telling time in Swahili.
- Days, Months, and Seasons: Learn the Swahili names for days of the week, months of the year, and seasons.
Swahili Culture and Society
- History of Swahili: Explore the history and development of the Swahili language and its place in East African culture and society.
- Food and Drink: Learn about Swahili cuisine, including traditional foods, drinks, and culinary customs.
- Music and Dance: Discover the rich musical and dance traditions of the Swahili people.
- Religion and Beliefs: Explore Swahili beliefs and religious traditions, including Islam and the influence of indigenous African religions.
- Word Order: Learn about basic word order in Swahili, including the position of subject, object, and verb.
- Negation: Learn to use negation in Swahili, including negating nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
- Questions: Learn to form and use questions in Swahili, including question words and intonation patterns.
- Dependent Clauses: Understand the use and construction of dependent clauses, including relative, adverbial, and nominal clauses.
At Home and Around Town
- House and Home: Learn the names of common household objects and rooms in Swahili.
- Travel and Transportation: Build your Swahili vocabulary for travel and transportation, including common modes of transportation, travel-related vocabulary, and phrases.
- Shopping and Commerce: Learn to talk about shopping and commerce in Swahili, including common stores, bargaining, and haggling, and financial transactions.
- Medical and Health: Build your Swahili vocabulary related to medical and health issues, including common medical conditions, symptoms, and treatments.
Swahili Literature and Art
- Oral Narratives: Learn about traditional Swahili oral narratives, including folktales, proverbs, riddles, and poetry.
- Visual Arts: Explore the rich artistic traditions of the Swahili people, including painting, sculpture, and architecture.
- Contemporary Literature: Discover the contemporary Swahili literary scene, including novelists, poets, and other writers.
- Popular Culture: Learn about Swahili popular culture, including music, film, and television.
Advanced Topics in Swahili Grammar
- Conditional Clauses: Learn to form and use conditional clauses, including the various types and their conjugations in Swahili.
- Passive Voice: Understand the use and formation of the passive voice in Swahili, including subject-object shift and prepositional passive.
- Causative Verbs: Learn to use causative verbs in Swahili, including their different senses and the various ways of forming them.
- Nominalization: Discover the different ways of nominalizing verbs and adjectives in Swahili, including their uses and functions.
Nature and the Environment
- Animals and Wildlife: Learn the Swahili names for common African wildlife, including big cats, elephants, giraffes, and primates.
- Plants and Vegetation: Master the Swahili names for common plants and vegetation, including trees, fruits, and herbs.
- Environmental Issues: Build your Swahili vocabulary related to environmental issues and sustainability, including climate change, pollution, and conservation.
- Geography and Landscapes: Learn about the geography and landscapes of East Africa, including common Swahili place names and vocabulary related to mountains, rivers, and deserts.
Other Lessons[edit | edit source]
- Word Order
- Give your Opinion
- Future Tense
- Swahili Dialects
- How to Use Have
- How to Use Be