Swahili, Comprehensive

Swahili, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Swahili with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743598897
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

About the Swahili Language

  • Swaili, also known as Kiswahili, is a Bantu language spoken by approximately 50 million people, of which approximately 2 million (some estimates are as high as 5 million) are native-speakers living mainly along the East African coast from Somalia to the North Africa coastline of Madagascar.
  • This course teaches Standard Swahili as spoken in and around Kenya.
  • Swahili is an official language in Kenya and Tanzania and is the considered the linga franca in much of East Africa. It is also spoken in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Mayotte, Mozambique, Oman, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and the USA.
  • Written Swahili uses 24 letters from the Roman alphabet, excepting C, Q, and X, and including an additional letter “CH.”


The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Swahili, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons on 16 CDs.

In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In these lessons, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Swahili. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format..

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

About the Swahili Language

  • Swaili, also known as Kiswahili, is a Bantu language spoken by approximately 50 million people, of which approximately 2 million (some estimates are as high as 5 million) are native-speakers living mainly along the East African coast from Somalia to the North Africa coastline of Madagascar.
  • This course teaches Standard Swahili as spoken in and around Kenya.
  • Swahili is an official language in Kenya and Tanzania and is the considered the linga franca in much of East Africa. It is also spoken in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Mayotte, Mozambique, Oman, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and the USA.
  • Written Swahili uses 24 letters from the Roman alphabet, excepting C, Q, and X, and including an additional letter “CH.”


The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Swahili, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons on 16 CDs.

In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In these lessons, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Swahili. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format..

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurSwahili Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • It works (16)
  • Portable (14)
  • Perfects accent (13)
  • Fun (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (13)
    • Self-improvement (9)
    • Fun (8)
    • Business/work (7)
    • Family background/heritage (5)
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    5.0

    Excellent Course

    By JW

    from Groveland,CA

    About Me Traveler

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    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      We are planning a trip to Tanzania soon and needed a fast way to learn Swahili. The Pimsleur technique works! It teaches you how to recognize words and phrases by how they sound, which is tough to do in conversation. My wife and I were watching a movie about Tanzania and I found that I was recognizing pieces of conversations and expressions in Swahili just from the sound of the words. This course won't teach you all the grammar stuff but it enables you to communicate your thoughts and know what the other person is saying. I've already been recommending it to friends.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Swahili

      By Anna

      from UK

      Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I have been trying to learn Swahili and must say that it is not the easiest language (and I should know, I speak 5 others). Following Pimsleur made it somehow easier to understand, to sink in and to have the confidence to speak. I have completed Phase 1 and wonder what next. You should really consider Phase 2, even though I presume Swahili isn't as popular as Spanish.

       
      5.0

      Really good

      By KidogoKidogo

      from kenya

      About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        Really, any language you want to learn pimsleur delivers if you take the 15-30 a day it takes, seriously, they dont pay me, I paid them for the lessons download.

        I recomend it anyone who wants to learn any language, my Kiswahili is getting better with each passing day. I wish they'll have Kiswahili set 2.
        Thanks,

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Must-Do Course for Africa Travel!

        By scampytails

        from Canada

        About Me Missionary, Traveler, Volunteer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Best Swahili Course
        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • Learn Swahili Online
        • Learn Swahili Quickly
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable
        • Swahili Mp3 Downloads

        Cons

        • Numbers Lessons 2 Many
        • Time Lessons 2 Many

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        We have travelled extensively in East Africa and also served as missionaries in the Eastern and Southern Congo where Swahili is spoken. This is the best method to get you speaking quickly and clearly! Whether you are going on safari in Kenya or Tanzania, or are doing charitable work in a Swahili-speaking region, knowing some of the local language will enhance your experience 100-fold! We've re-done this course twice already and each time it has improved our skills in Swahili.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it and it works!

        By language fan

        from Pennsauken, NJ

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

        • No Advanced Program

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        This program really works! I love it, I never thought it could be this easy to learn a new language. I was absolutely surprised with how much I had learned in my first week of studying.

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