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Language: Swahili

  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 12:17 PM

Tanzanians debate if English is key to success

Anna Patton / Washington Times
Like the majority of Tanzanians, these students were taught in the Kiswahili language throughout seven years of primary school. But moving to secondary school means an abrupt shift to learning all subjects in English, which many educators, students and parents say affects how much learning actually takes place.
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 08:33 PM

In Swahili, they call it ...

Huang Yuli in Shenzhen / China Daily
When Shen Yuning announced he was planning to compile a Swahili-Chinese dictionary, most of his friends thought he was joking. Since that online post in December, Shen has compiled nearly 5,000 words, working at least 15 hours a day in Kenya and Tanzania with help from some Africans.
  • Apr 11, 2012
  • 04:04 PM

Translators fight the fatal effects of the language gap

Mark Tran / The Guardian
One of the group's current projects is to teach sex workers in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, to translate material in English on sexually transmitted diseases into languages such as Swahili, Luo and Kikuyu. The project started last week, with Simon Andriesen, a specialist on medical translation who is on the TWB board.
  • Apr 06, 2012
  • 03:37 AM

Kagera residents urged to promote Kiswahili

Meddy Mulisa / Daily News
RESIDENTS in Kagera Region have been encouraged to promote Kiswahili as a lingua franca, when communicating with other people. People in Kagera are fond of using their mother tongues when commucating instead of using the national language.The media, on the other hand, should spearhead the use of correct Kiswahili.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 11:59 PM

Wikipedia Co-Founder Adding More African Languages

Lekan Oyekanmi / Voice of America
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, 45, says Yoruba is the most popular African language for Wikipedia, with 29,000 pages. The Swahili Wikipedia version is second among African languages with 23,000. Other African languages on Wikipedia include Afrikaans, Hausa, and Zulu. Speaking in Lagos this week, Wales says his website is branching out from English.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:38 PM

Obama Sign Language Surpris : What Other Languages Does He Know? (video)

International Business Times seems Obama had good reason to play down his linguistic abilities in 2008; conservatives would have disparaged his abilities in Spanish, Swahili, and Bahasa Indonesia. But today, the web is abuzz with evidence of one rather unexpected linguistic skill: sign language. On Tuesday, Obama greeted a deaf student at an event in Largo, Maryland. When the 26-year-old signed "I'm proud of you," the president quickly signed back a "Thank you."
  • Mar 20, 2012
  • 01:50 PM

On-line Kiswahili teaching pays well

The Citizen Daily
He was not surprised when students from different parts of the world registered in droves to benefit from his High Intensive Language Drilling (HILD) system meant to teach the language online. The system enables him to teach from the comfort of his office using Skype.
  • Mar 13, 2012
  • 07:23 PM

Sheng Does Enrich English Language

Ashford Kimani / The Star
Sheng, according to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary, is a simple form of language that includes words from English, Kiswahili and other African languages, used especially between young people in cities. When the minister for education, Prof. Sam Ongeri, was releasing the results for both KCPE and KCSE for the year 2011 he lamented the poor performance in the languages and attributed this to Sheng.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 11:09 AM

Sheng ‘will be one of the most dominant languages in 2050’

Chege Muigai / Daily Nation
But, in 2012, Sheng looks far from going the way of Latin, the ancient language that you will only hear in seminaries and read in school mottos. If anything, Sheng has found a new mojo. Marketing firms, politicians and activists have turned to the language to connect with the rising segment of urbanised youth because “it is stylish”.
  • Jan 10, 2012
  • 01:34 PM

Isles varsity eyes being global Kiswahili centre of excellence

State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) vice-chancellor Prof Idris Ahmada Rai has said that the main purpose of establishment the university was to make it the number-one centre for the Swahili language in the world. He made the rematks at the signing of a cooperation agreement between SUZA and Indiana University of the US in Zanzibar on Wednesday.
  • Dec 30, 2011
  • 06:55 PM

'Sheng' dims 2011 KCPE performance in main languages

Business Daily Africa
The 2011 results released this week indicate the overall candidate’s performance in two of the main languages used in the country and in the East Africa region dropped in 2011 compared to 2010, with the Minister of Education, Sam Ongeri blaming it on increased usage of the slang based language throughout the country.
  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 01:08 AM

The ‘linguistic famine’ in Kenyan households is diluting our culture

Rasna Warah / Daily Nation
In a lecture titled “Re-membering Africa” at the University of Nairobi in January 2007, Ngugi told his audience that by adopting foreign languages lock, stock and barrel, Africans are committing “linguicide”, which has killed their memories as a people, as a culture and as a society.
  • Jul 25, 2011
  • 11:38 PM

The growing global allure of Kiswahili

Erick Mchome / The Citizen Daily
‘Kenyan pupils perform better in Kiswahili than their Tanzanian counterparts’,read one of the headlines published in one of the local dailies weeks ago.In a survey released recently in Dar es Salaam, Kenya scooped the first 24 slots in a ranking that involved 135 selected districts in the East African Community.
  • Jun 11, 2011
  • 07:04 PM

Kenya: Kiswahili Spicing Up Broadcasting

Swaleh Mdoe /
It's important to note that with its recognition as both the national and official language in the new constitution, Kiswahili has taken a big stride in our social and political lives in recent years.
  • May 21, 2011
  • 03:08 PM

Top scholars want Kiswahili tests reviewed

Daily Nation
Leading scholars have called for the review of Kiswahili examinations to allow for the use of all dialects instead of the standard Kiswahili. They said the impression created from the results of national examinations, especially the poor performance of candidates from the Coast, was misleading as it was not a yardstick for mastery of the language.
  • Apr 23, 2011
  • 11:41 PM

`Time for Tanzania to consolidate unity`

Article 137 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community provides that Kiswahili shall be developed as a lingua franca of the Community.
  • Apr 22, 2011
  • 12:20 AM

Taught to the tune of a hickory stick: Swahili simplified

Erik Hubbard / Chestnut Hill Local
Depending on who is counting and why, there are about 60 tribes and at least as many languages in Kenya. The lingua franca that allows intermingling among linguistic groups is Swahili, the “national” language...