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KISWAHILI NOTES FOR FORM ONE - KENYA
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These notes follow the Kenya Syllabus. The notes have been prepared by qualified professional teachers.
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IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING SWAHILI - PART 1
1. It's easy to learn
Whatever your language background is, Swahili is fairly easy to learn. This is because the alphabet is largely similar to the English alphabet, making word recognition simpler. Swahili is also a phonetic language, which means that there is a one-to-one correspondence between what you hear and the written form, making spelling a breeze.
of languages such as Arabic, Portuguese, English and German will recognise some
words borrowed from their languages. And then there are all those words you
know already – like 'safari', 'Hakuna Matata' or 'Chai'. This means that no one
begins with a blank slate on vocabulary!
2. Learning Swahili help do business in
Eastern or Central Africa
Swahili can be a significant advantage if you are planning to do business in
Eastern or Central Africa. Swahili is the most widely spoken language in the
region, and many business owners use it as their primary language of
communication. Speaking the language will help you to communicate more
effectively with your clients, employees, and partners, and it will also help
you to understand the local culture and customs.
3. Foreign Media Organisations
Swahili is spoken by over 100m people in Africa so it’s pretty hard to ignore a language that’s spoken by so many people. Its importance as a lingua franca is recognised by foreign media organisations such as the BBC, which broadcasts radio programmes in Swahili. Voice of America and Deutsche Welle have adopted similar tactics in their attempts to appeal to readers on the continent.