About the Swahili Language
Today, Swahili or Kiswahili, is spoken throughout East Africa, although usually in conjunction with other languages. It is the most widely-spoken African language, with approximately 50 million speakers in East and Central Africa. It can be heard on such international radio programs as the BBCWorld News and the Voice of America, and both business and cultural exchange have one begun to make it more prominent and useful to outsiders. Swahili is now used throughout the region, in settings ranging from everyday communication to government and commerce.
Swahili is spoken in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Of these, it is recognized as an official national language in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, although only in Tanzaniais it both spoken and used in government as a language of correspondence.
Additionally, citizens of Comoros speak Comoran (a mixture of Swahili and Arabic), and Kingwana (a dialect of Swahili) is spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Swahili is also used as a language of business in commercial centers in Rwanda. In the Pimsleur course, the language and examples used pertain particularly to Kenya; however, with the exceptions noted above, Swahili does not differ widely from state to state.