Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30

Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Swahili with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442350786
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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

About the Swahili Language

  • Swahili, 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 Phase 1, Units 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. 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 of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, 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.

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4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • It works (23)
  • Portable (21)
  • Perfects accent (18)
  • Fun (17)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (17)
  • Self-improvement (12)
  • Business/work (11)
  • Fun (11)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
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4.0

Pimsleur Swahili Course

By Jeff

from Hampton, Va

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Family background/Heritage
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Pimsleur's Swahili is a very easy way to speak and understand conversational Swahili enough so that you can actually engage with others who speak the language in East Africa or other parts of the world. When finished, I could comprehend a lot of what people were saying as could articulate back to them in Swahili. My only wish is that Pimsleur should come out with Swahili Level 2. A more in depth Level 2 Swahili course will solidify one's Swahili proficiency and help one go beyond basic level conversation.

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Jess

from Winnipeg

About Me Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun

    Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Use it evey day

     
    5.0

    Swahili

    By Chris

    from NY

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    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:

      This is the best language course I have come across and the Swahili course is excellent. Highly recommended!

       
      5.0

      fast! easy! effective!

      By Jesse

      from MN/Tanzania

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Learn While Drivinghouse
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable
      • Short Lessons 30 Min

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Swahili, Comprehensive:

          Very good! Fast! You hear it, speak it, pronounce it, and reply conversationally. I thought I would struggle learning a language but all it takes is a bit of time and you learn naturally (by listening and speaking) the same way you learned your native language. I couldn't be any happier..... And I'm very busy and learning.... It works great! Stop researching and get pimsleur!

           
          5.0

          Outstanding

          By Rita

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

          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:

            I am amazed by how easily and fast I am learning Swahili with this course. Incredibly, I can recall most of the things learned in previous lessons while managing to add new vocabulary and grammar every day. I am only half way through it and I am excited to see what the final result will be by the end of this level. I only wish Pimsleur produced more levels to continue getting better! The program is fun and so easy to use. It is a pleasure to learn a language this way. If you are interested in Pimsleur adding levels to the Swahili language, please let them know!

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