Swahili / Kiswahili

Swahili is spoken by approximately 15 million people along the eastern coast of Africa. It is spoken as far north as Lamu Island in Kenya and as far south as Tanzania. It has official language status in Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. Although it is not an official language, Swahili is also used extensively in Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Due to its varied geographical use, Swahili has around 15 main dialects and countless other pidgin forms. The three most important dialects are Kiunguja, Kimvita and Kiamu, used in Zanzibar, Mombasa and Lamu, respectively.

Our Swahili linguists work closely with our clients to facilitate communication with speakers of Swahili across the globe. Whether you are require marketing materials localised or simultaneous translation for negotiations, our linguists will provide you with an exceptional service.


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Did You Know?

Due to extended geographic contact, Swahili has been greatly influenced by Arabic. The word for Swahili in Swahili is Kiswahili. Kiswahili stems from the Arabic word sahil, which means coast.

Considering Swahili’s usage throughout coastal African states, its etymology is particularly appropriate.

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