Swahili language facts for kids
|Native to||Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Mayotte (mostly Comorian), Mozambique (mostly Mwani), Oman, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda|
|Native speakers||26 million (2007)
120 million L2 speakers
|Writing system||Latin, Arabic|
|Official language in|| African Union
Comoros (as Comorian)
|Regulated by||Baraza la Kiswahili la Taifa (Tanzania)|
G.40.A–H (pidgins & creoles)
Areas where Swahili is spoken
The Swahili language is spoken in a wide area from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique and all of Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi. Congo has about five million first-language speakers and fifty million second-language speakers. Swahili has become a language with which people can communicate within East Africa and the surrounding areas.
The Swahili language began to be spoken by the Swahili people who live on the coast of East Africa and on the islands near the coast, including Zanzibar, which is now a part of Tanzania. Swahili is an official language in Tanzania and Kenya. It has been influenced by many other languages like the Arabic language.
The words below are examples of the Swahili language.
- city - mji
- country - nchi
- earth - dunia
- no - hapana
- okay - sawa
- water - maji
- yes - ndiyo
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