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IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING SWAHILI - PART 3
9. Swahili is Easy to Learn
is a relatively easy language to learn, especially for English speakers. It has
a simple grammar structure and a phonetic alphabet, which means that it is easy
to read and write. The language also has many loanwords from Arabic and
English, which makes it more accessible to non-native speakers.
10. Swahili is an easy channel for passing
though we are moving into a digital world, it is only part of the society that
is migrating and those are the youths and the educated people, but take for
example a literate woman who has educated all her children. The children can
communicate both in English and Swahili however, most families will tend to
only Swahili to keep the conversation flowing.
11. Swahili will become a language
associated with IT and technology and, as a result, arts and
culture. As investment continues in IT infrastructure and mobile
and online solutions in countries such as Kenya, the economy will grow. When an economy grows so do
people’s spending power, their exposure to information and their inventiveness
and creativity. The result will be a flourishing tech-culture scene expressed
through Swahili. “Swahilihood” is a term already starting to make appearances
12. Deepen Your Knowledge of Poetry and Literature
Swahili literature rests on poetry and storytelling. While the oral traditions of Swahili continued well into the 17th century, the written literature of Swahili began in the 18th century. By studying these oral and written traditions, you deepen your understanding of language and gain insight into culture and gain a better understanding of the world.
Plan a Safari
Kenya and Tanzania are among Africa’s leading tourist destinations, and for good reason. Plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya - Africa’s two highest mountains - watch the great wildebeest migration from Kenya’s Maasai Mara or Tanzania’s Serengeti, or soak in the sun along the countless pristine beaches of East Africa.
Whether you seek an activity packed holiday or a relaxing holiday, East Africa has something to offer you in both the urban and rural areas. Escape the tourist areas by learning basic communicative Swahili. You will not only appreciate how smooth it is to navigate your way around when you can connect to the locals, but your pockets will also thank you in the end.