Swahili Language and Culture

The Swahili language is spoken by over 100 million people worldwide, primarily in East and Central Africa. It is the national language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is used in many neighboring countries. Come enjoy a safari, climb Kilimanjaro, and listen to local stories in Swahili!

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Swahili to English
Swahili Language and Culture

What do you call a baboon in Swahili language?

nyani (baboon)

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Swahili Language and Culture

Why were Swahili states so wealthy and powerful?

Because the Islamic merchants became interested in the developing states and bought trade . They then began to thrive

Thanks to let me know if my answer is correct .

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Swahili to English
Swahili Language and Culture

The Swahili language developed from a mixture of what languages?

Swahili is a Bantu language that developed from Sabaki.

Some words are derived from Arabic through more than 12 centuries of contact with Arabic-speaking people.

Other languages that loaned words to Swahili are:

Persian

German

Portuguese

English

French

CLARIFICATION: Swahili is a Bantu language with a basic Bantu-type grammar and a vocabulary drawn from many Bantu languages. There is no language in East Africa called Sabaki. By far the greatest number of non-Bantu words in Swahili have Arabic origins, but in recent decades English has been catching up.

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Swahili to English
Swahili Language and Culture

What does Nyanya mean in Swahili language?

tomato

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English to Swahili
Swahili Language and Culture

Swahili language what is dusk in Swahili?

Kisikusiku

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Swahili Language and Culture

The Swahili culture developed in?

kilwa

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English to Swahili
Swahili Language and Culture

How do you say the word 'me' in Swahili language?

'Mimi" in Swahili means I or me. It has the same form in both nominative and objective cases, e.g., Alinipiga mimi (he hit me) or Mimi Nilimpiga (I hit him).

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What is 1 strength of the Swahili people?

Ikr, i dont know either waiting for someone to answer. lol

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Swahili Language and Culture

Where did the Swahili culture develop?

Kilwa

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Africa
Swahili Language and Culture

Does Swahili culture and language still exist in Africa today?

no

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Swahili Language and Culture

WHo did Swahili people trade?

In Medieval times the Swahili people mostly traded with the Arabians, the Persians (I think) and also the Chinese for sure. Actually, that is where they adopted a lot of their culture from, which is why archaeologists originally thought the Swahili people were Arabians. That is also what made the Swahili people so wealthy.

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Swahili to English
Swahili Language and Culture

How did the Swahili language develop?

The Swahili language developed among the descendants of Arabs who settled along the eastern coast of Africa.

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Languages and Cultures
Africa
Swahili Language and Culture

What languages are spoken East Africa?

The language that East Africans in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda speak commonly is Swahili. For most, Swahili is a second language learned at school. At home and with their family they speak one of about 50 different tribal languages.

East Africans who have reached High school will commonly also speak some UK English. Most signage and public notices in East African countries are in English and one or more of the local languages.

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Translations
English to Swahili
Swahili Language and Culture

How do you say goodbye in Swahili language?

Kwaheri (if talking to one person), or kwaherini if talking to more than one.

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Where are the majority of the Swahili people found today?

Swaziland in Africa.

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Swahili Language and Culture

How do you say auntie or aunt Swahili?

aunt/auntie: shangazi

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Emotions
Swahili Language and Culture

I love you in Swahili language?

Ninakupenda

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Swahili Language and Culture

What do the words Swahili and Sahel have in common?

They start with the letter "S"

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Swahili Language and Culture

What religion dominates the Swahili culture?

i say it is mainly Islam Christianity and traditional culutures of Africa

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Languages and Cultures
Barack Obama
Swahili Language and Culture

What does barack mean in swahili language?

"one who is blessed" or "blessing". And the spelling is "baraka."

The answer above is good but not wholly correct. The word baraka indeed means blessing. It would take a form of the verb from baraka, which is bariki, to say one who is (or has been) blessed: aliyebarikiwa.

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English to Swahili
Swahili Language and Culture

Would you translate good morning in a Swahili language?

The common (customary) English greeting (salutation) "good morning" roughly translates to "habari za asubuhi" or "asubuhi njema" or "subalkheri".

Of the three versions stated above "habari za asubuhi " is perhaps the most commonly used and widely recognized in most Swahili speaking regions of East and Central Africa such as most regions of Kenyaincluding the capital Nairobi.

NOTES:

a. Habari za asubuhi? is a question (what's the news this morning?) and requires an answer: nzuri or njema (both meaning good), or something else that means the news is good.

b. Asubuhi njema is a departure wish (like the American "Have a nice day"), not a greeting.c. This contributor learned Subalkheri, a proper morning greeting, 45+ years ago but has never heard anyone use it.
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English to Swahili
Swahili Language and Culture

What is the relation of the word safari to the Swahili language?

Safari is a Swahili noun that means journey or trip of any length, whether down the street or around the world. Its verb form is safiri (infinitive, kusafiri), to travel. Its abstract form, usafiri, means method of transporation. Its origin is Arabic, as are many Swahili words.

The question here is weak: It isn't related to swahili; it is part of the language.

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Liberia
Swahili Language and Culture

Do any Liberians speak Swahili?

Some may speak Swahili as a foreign language, but Swahili is not one of the languages of Liberia.

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Swahili Language and Culture

How did Swahili emerge?

Kiswahili emerged in intermarriage between the Arabs and the Coastal Bantu like the Mijikenda

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Swahili Language and Culture

What does swahili mean?

The term Swahili refers o the blended African-Arab culture that had become common in East Africa

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