Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30

Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Swahili with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442350786
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  • List Price: $119.95

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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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PimsleurSwahili Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (21)
  • It works (21)
  • Portable (19)
  • Perfects accent (18)
  • Fun (17)

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  • Travel (16)
  • Self-improvement (11)
  • Business/work (10)
  • Fun (10)
  • Family background/heritage (7)
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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!

           
          5.0

          AMAZING COURSE

          By Sophie

          from London

          Pros

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

          Cons

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              Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

              I spend a lot of time in kenya and have a lot of kenyan friends. I have been keen to learn swahili for a long time however felt that my progress was slow. With pimlseur i came on leaps and bounds very fast and really enjoyed the course.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Arabic and Swahili

              By Dr. Clarke

              from South Sudan

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Expensive
              • No writing component

              Best Uses

              • Business/Work
              • Travel

              Comments about Swahili Phase 1, Units 1-30:

              I have studied Egyptian Arabic 1 and am now studying Swahili. I find both enjoyable and helpful in my work, though the Arabic in South Sudan is somewhat different than the Egyptian Arabic. I usually do 30 minutes in the morning. With my Arabic, I was able to interview most of the Arabic speaking patients without an interpreter.
              I was hoping there would be an Arabic 2. Also, it would be nice if there were some courses geared toward medical personnel.

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