Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3

Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Swahili with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442350786
  • Availability: In Stock: Available for immediate download
  • List Price: $119.95

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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction as MP3 download (16 hrs), plus a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Swahili

Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Swahili will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Swahili designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
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 this phase, more directions are given in the Swahili 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 are included beginning in Lesson 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Swahili alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Swahili pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The Swahili Language
Swahili, or Kiswahili, the most widely-spoken African language, is a Bantu language spoken by approximately 5 million native-speakers living mainly along the East African coast from Somalia to the North Africa coastline of Madagascar. Up to an additional 150 million people speak Swahili as a second language. It is recognized as an official national language in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Pimsleur's Swahili teaches Standard Swahili as spoken in and around Nairobi, Kenya.
Written Swahili uses 24 letters from the Roman alphabet, excepting C, Q, and X, and including an additional letter “CH."

Tech Talk
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3

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  • Easy to use (28)
  • It works (28)
  • Portable (26)
  • Perfects accent (21)
  • Fun (19)


  • No writing component (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (21)
  • Fun (14)
  • Self-improvement (13)
  • Business/work (11)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
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    • Traveler (19), Business person (10), Student (5), Missionary (3)

Most Liked Positive Review


A Must-Do Course for Africa Travel!

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!...Read complete review

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.


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Not quite what I expected.

The advertising made it sound like you could listen to a lesson a day and grasp the language. Just doesn't work that way. That being said, if you follow the units as set...Read complete review

The advertising made it sound like you could listen to a lesson a day and grasp the language. Just doesn't work that way. That being said, if you follow the units as set up, and do at least two sessions a day, it starts to come together. The way the recall is handled keeps you on your toes, but also imprints it in your brain so that you do remember. It is also much slower going than I had anticipated, but better to go slow and have a good foundation. When we get to Tanzania, I hope to be able to go ahead and pick up the language.

The units are set up in such a way that you are not overwhelmed with information and pronunciation is stressed. I found that very helpful. Also, repeating the lessons helped a great deal. The second repeat then made a lot more sense, as well as the fact that I also understood. As the units progress, you are further challenged as the speakers talk faster which will be more what we will hear in the country.

When I got to the units with the reading lessons, I was totally confused as the words did not match anything in the unit. Writing the words and translation helped as well as making flash cards. Google translate was confused as well. After rereading the written portion of the reading booklet, the assignments are for speaking practice.

While I would like more reading/writing assignments, I understand that the first units are for learning to hear and pronounce correctly. The course recommends doing just that which I found helpful. I would like more when the second section begins.

Overall, I would recommend this course.

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Great Voices

By Kim

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Comments about Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3:

I am using it and enjoying very much the voices of the speakers. Great actors. I wish there was a script that I could follow along to reinforce the auditory learning, and refer to when I forget. I also find I have to stop the recording to give myself time to answer.


Most pleased

By Henry

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Comments about Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3:

So, so good. This approach works so much better than anything else I have bought -- I think b/c they make it easy enough that you can do it practically. I do it in the car on the way home from dropping my kid off, make all kinds of progress I would never make if I had to sit down and take time from the rest of the day.


Another great Pimsleur course

By Charles Chung

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Business person, Traveler


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


  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3:

I've studied a lot of languages. I just like it. I'm kind of cursed that way. I've studied: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), and now Swahili. Swahili is the first non-Indo European and non-East Asian language I've studied, and I have to say it's been super interesting. Anyways, whenever I start studying a new language, I always start with Pimsleur. Pimsleur offers an effective, easy, cost-efficient way to learn a language. The emphasis is on the speaking/listening language skills (vs. reading/writing), which allows you to be immediately functional in a new culture. Another consequence of this is that the lessons don't assume that you have a book in front of you, and you can do a lesson while driving or walking or doing the dishes or whatever. So, it's easy and time-efficient. Once I complete a 30 lesson Pimsleur course, I find that I'm functional in a society. I can ask for directions and order at a restaurant, and more. After I finish the Pimsleur course, I continue with classes with a fluent speaker and start to learn the reading/writing. In these classes, I always find that Pimsleur gives me a firm foundation. So, Pimsleur, for me, is always part of learning a new language. Pimsleur, please release Swahili Levels 2 and 3!


I enjoy the 20 - 30 minute lessons everyday. It is a good re

By Michael

from undisclosed

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Comments about Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3:

I enjoy the 20 - 30 minute lessons everyday. It is a good refresher.


Not enough in my opinion

By ZStacks

from Maryland, USA

About Me Government employee, Student

Verified Buyer


  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable


  • More of an intro than level 1 to me
  • Not what I expected
  • too little vocab

Best Uses

  • Just for fun

Comments about Pimsleur Swahili Level 1 MP3:

I was not satisfied. I think more material should have been covered in one level, and was hoping to learn something more than what I already know, which isn't much. Since there is no Swahili level 2, I cannot continue on with this approach to the point where it may start to feel beneficial.

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