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Topic: Swahili people

  Swahili language
Swahili is the mother tongue[?] of the Swahili people who inhabit a 1500 km stretch of the East African coast from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique.
Swahili belongs to the Sabaki subgroup of the Northeastern coast bantu languages.
The Swahili people are a distint bantu ethnic group with a long history of settlement and culture on the East African coast.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ki/Kiswahili.html   (613 words)

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Swahili is basically Bantu, most probably related to coastal languages of the Mijikendas {Digo, Giriama, Duruma....}, and to Comorian dialects of the Comoro Islands, but a mixture of many loan words from Arabic, and some European and Asian languages made it stand out as a language of communication between different peoples of East Africa.
Swahili had a humble beginning on the shores of the East African coast, but with the passage of time, it spread far and wide into the hinterland to become the language of the masses all over East Africa.
Kiunguja - Swahili that is spoken in Zanzibar town, and this is the standard language that is used in the mass media, in academic institutions, and in all official communication.
www.geocities.com /salimelhaj/swahili.htm   (1406 words)

 Swahili People
Swahili art forms are limited to architecture, furniture, and personal adornment.
Despite the shared history and language of the peoples of the Swahili Coast, it remains difficult to describe a discreet Swahili culture.
This is not to suggest that a Swahili culture does not exist, but instead that its boundaries are amorphous, changing whenever necessary to meet the demands of everyday life.
www.uiowa.edu /~africart/toc/people/Swahili.html   (424 words)

 Swahili history
For centuries, Swahili remained as the language for the people of the East African coast.
Swahili is the national as well as the official language in Tanzania - almost all Tanzanians speak Swahili proficiently and are unified by it.
The promotion of the Swahili language is not only in its use but also deliberate efforts are made throughout the world to include it in education curriculum for higher institutions of learning.
www.glcom.com /hassan/swahili_history.html   (1029 words)

 Swahili people - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Historically, the Swahili could be found as far north as Mogadishu in Somalia, and as far south as Rovuma River in Mozambique.
By the 1100s the Swahili emerged as a distinct and powerful culture, focused around a series of coastal trading towns, the most important of which was Kilwa.
Today, in many villages and towns where Swahilis are the majority, mosques and madrasas form part and parcel of the Swahili peoples' lives, and Islam is being practiced by them.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Swahili_people   (664 words)

 What is Swahili?
Swahili utilizes an astonishing amount of loanwords, however, due to the large traffic of Arabic-speaking traders for extended periods of time, as well as speakers of Indian languages, Persian, and in the modern age, English.
Modern Swahili is written using the Latin script – a change that occurred during the European occupation of the east African coast during the 19th century.
Early Swahili likely had no written script, and in the 18th century, until the emergence of the Latin script in the 19th century, Arabic script was used to write Swahili.
www.wisegeek.com /what-is-swahili.htm   (600 words)

Swahili is spoken by an estimated 5 million people as a first- and by over 30 million people as a second language.
Swahili was originally written in the Arabic script that was replaced by a Roman-based alphabet in the mid-nineteenth century.
Swahili is related to Xhosa and Zulu, both of which are considered to be Category II languages in terms of difficulty for speakers of English.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/september/swahili.html   (739 words)

 ipedia.com: Swahili language Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Swahili is the mother tongue of the Swahili people who inhabit a 1500 km stretch of the East African coast from southern Somali...
Swahili (also called Kiswahili; see Kiswahili for a discussion of the nomenclature) is an agglutinative Bantu language widely spoken in East Africa.
Sheng originated in the Nairobi slums and is not considered proper Swahili, but it is considered fashionable and cosmopolitan among a growing segment of the population.
www.ipedia.com /swahili_language.html   (1228 words)

 Learn Swahili Language - Free Conversational Swahili Lessons Online - Common Swahili Words and Phrases   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Phrasebase is for people who have limited time to devote to studying and want to maximize the impact of their study efforts.
People focused on conversational language, the ability to talk, listen and verbally communicate in Swahili with real Swahili people in their native language.
Swahili Language Exchange Pen-Pals - Community of people from around the world interested in teaching you their language and sharing their culture with you.
www.phrasebase.com /learn/swahili.php   (1866 words)

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, with 50 million speakers in East Africa and Central Africa, particularly in Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Kenya.
In addition to Tanzania and Kenya, many people speak Swahili as a first or second language in Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, and Congo (formerly Zaire).
It has borrowed words from other languages such as Arabic probably as a result of the Swahili people using the Quran written in Arabic for spiritual guidance as Muslims.
www.flw.com /languages/swahili.htm   (91 words)

 SWAHILI   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Coastal Swahili speakers often stress their difference between themselves and their neighbors, emphasizing their descent from immigrants from Shiraz Persia and from Arabia who had come centuries earlier to the African coast to trade and who stayed to settle, build coral towns, live a sophisticated urban life, and rule.
This is one of the main causes for the decline of the coastal habitat of the Swahili people, a clear evidence being the towns of Kilwa and Mafia on the coast of Tanzania.
Swahili is the lingua franca of Tanzania and Kenya.
www.uga.edu /~aflang/SWAHILI/desc.html   (623 words)

 Wonders of the African World - Episodes - The Swahili Coast - Wonders
The Swahili people number approximately half a million, inhabiting a string of small settlements along the East African coast in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.
One of the most renowned nineteenth-century Swahili traders was the Zanzibari Tippu Tip, whose trading empire stretched from the East African coast to the western bank of the Lualaba River in the modern Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire).
In addition to introducing many Arabic words into the Swahili language, the Omani cultivated the belief that the way they practiced Islam and their social status was superior to that of the Swahili.
www.pbs.org /wonders/Episodes/Epi2/2_wondr2.htm   (513 words)

 Swahili language - Memory Alpha - A Wikia wiki
Swahili is a language spoken on the planet Earth, originating in the African continent, and belonging primarily to the Swahili people.
A mysterious crewman encountered by Uhura, who was (unbeknownst to her) the M-113 creature in Human form, spoke to her in Swahili.
Chapel then encouraged her, by telling her to speak it in English, not Swahili, and proceeded to sound out the sentence for her.
memory-alpha.org /en/wiki/Swahili_language   (218 words)

 Kenya's Swahili Coast - Past and Present.
The people of the coastal strip became known as the Swahili People, because although they lacked a common heritage, a Bantu based language known as Kiswahili evolved as the means of communication between people of African, Arab, Persian, Portuguese and English origin, who at various times colonised the East African coast.
However it is the Swahili culture and mixed heritage that dominates the coast region and the Swahili style is to welcome the new and the sophisticated.
Swahili people are essentially Muslim and generally follow the tenets of Islam but in different ways.
kabiza.com /SwahiliCoast.htm   (8537 words)

 African Langauges Courses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Swahili, or Kiswahili, as it is called by the speakers of the language, is the most widely spoken African language south of the
Swahili was originally the language of fishing and farming communities in the coastal areas of present–day Southern Somalia and
The Swahili people of the East African coast became important traders.
www.msu.edu /~linglang/african/kiswahili.htm   (134 words)

 Zanzibar People and Culture
With regard to Zanzibar's past connection with India, it is known that a certain people, practising Islam, came from the western coast of India and settled in the island between the 15th and 17th centuries.
The majority of the people, the Wahadimu, the Watumbatu and the Wapemba, are referred to collectively as Washirazi who claim descent from early immigrants from Shiraz in Iran.
The people of Pemba, like those of Unguja and Tumbatu, are mixtures of mixtures, from the various ethnic groups that came, settled, married and produced the people who now make the Zanzibaris.
www.zanzinet.org /zanzibar/people/people.html   (5065 words)

 Department of African American & African Studies
Swahili, known by native speakers as Kiswahili, is one of the major languagues spoken in Africa.
Swahili belongs to the Bantu family of languages, it is spoken by over 50 million people, and is the lingua franca of eastern and central Africa.
Swahili has a rich written tradition dating back hundreds of years, and was adopted by African Unity as the language representing the African continent.
aaas.osu.edu /languages/swahili.cfm   (404 words)

 Study Swahili Abroad with StudyAbroad.com - The Study Abroad Information Source
Swahili means "the coast" and came to be applied to both the people who lived in this area and the language itself.
The other philosophy is that Swahili is an "old language." The evidence for this is generally drawn from a 2nd century document that describes merchants visiting the East African coast from Southern Arabia and speaking with the natives in their own language.
Swahili began to spread through the long-time interactions of East Africans with others bordering the Indian Ocean such as the islands of Comoro and Madagascar.
www.studyabroad.com /LOM/swahili.html   (683 words)

 Swahili Poems
The Swahili people of the East Africa coast are unique amongst the Bantu-speaking peoples of East Africa in that they possess a long tradition of versification.
It is well known that the Swahili people have incorporated into their way of life much that is of Arabian origin.
An important influence in establishing the tradition of Swahili versification was also that of the educated religious leaders, nearly all Saiyids, in whose hands most of the secular and religious education lay.
www.worldandi.com /public/1986/august/cl6.cfm   (1751 words)

 OHCHR: Swahili/Kiswahili () - Universal Declaration of Human Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Swahili (or Kiswahili) belongs to the Benue-Congo family, Bantu group, but was strongly influenced by Arabic and Persian.
"Swahili" is an Arabic word which means "of (from) the coast" or "people of the coast".
Some even assert that the Swahili culture and language actually have their roots from Persians and Arabs, but most recent archaeological discoveries show that the Swahili culture existed well before the arrival of Persians and Arabs to East Africa.
www.unhchr.ch /udhr/lang/swa.htm   (1835 words)

The Tanzanians, specifically Zanzibaris, or the Swahili people prefer to boast about their authenticity of the Kiswahili language, pronunciation and grammar in comparison with the others.
The large and deep see ports of Mombasa and Zanzibar became easy targets of dilution of the beautiful Swahili culture, leaving behind Lamu, which is the prime example of true and authentic remainder of the Swahili culture.
Some people criticize this festival, claiming that it disempowers young women who may be made wives at an early age without being given a choice to chose the husband that they like.
www.afritopic.com /afritopic-people-culture-a.htm   (1626 words)

 Swahilionline.com: Swahili Culture Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The most common cause of why it is difficult to identify the Swahili, may lie in the historical influences that affected change in Swahili society.
Swahili arts and crafts, Swahili music, Swahili Cuisine, and Swahili dance are just some of these features.
In the Swahili music section, information is presented by featuring available Swahili music in Real audio format, as well as in various lyrics for various songs.
www.swahilionline.com /culture/culture.htm   (532 words)

 Kanga writings
Literally, the proverb tells people not to wait until they are verbally notified that they are no longer welcome at a particular place, instead, they should try to take note of the attitude, actions, and behaviour of their hosts, to know that they have stayed long enough and it was time to leave.
Or, the other people will come back to you and tell you what the person is saying against you and you will know that she is a person to avoid - hence a benefit to you.
Swahili people believe that one has to earn his/her parent's blessings (radhi) to be successful in life.
www.glcom.com /hassan/kanga.html   (5086 words)

 Swahili studies - in a doughnut shop? | csmonitor.com
Free Monday night Swahili lessons at Voodoo Doughnuts began in the fall of 2004 when Jay Rubin, a fryer at the doughnut shop who had studied Swahili while he was a student at Boston University, started offering lessons in the hour before the shop opened at 10 p.m.
Swahili is the most widely spoken African - or Bantu - language, with more than 50 million speakers in East and Central Africa, particularly in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.
Swahili includes words borrowed from Arabic, probably as a result of the Swahili people using the Koran written in Arabic for spiritual guidance.
www.csmonitor.com /2005/0503/p14s01-legn.html   (859 words)

 The Swahili Coast   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The wonders of the Swahili Coast are being rapidly develpoed by farmers and forest for firewood.
The Swahili Coast gets over forty five inches of rainfall anually, and the tempature is usually in the mid-seventies to upper eighties.
On your trip to the Swahili Coast you must go to the beach, that is the main attraction to people who visit this area.
www.angelfire.com /biz7/swahilicoast   (325 words)

 Swahili People
The Swahili are not an ethnic unit but the coastal dwellers of a number of East African countries.
The name Swahili, derived from an Arabic word meaning 'coast', can be applied to nearly half a million East Africans whose culture, trading economy, and language developed with the spread of Islam after Arab traders arrived among them about AD 500.
The Bantu languages were long thought to be an independent language family, partly because of the vast area in which they are spoken, the large number of languages that can be considered Bantu, and the large number of their speakers.
www.ntz.info /gen/n00596.html   (390 words)

 African Writers Index
Always an advocate for equality among all people in society, she shows in Shida the plight of the people of lower classes in Tanzania where, she cautions, the economic rift between the leaders and those who they lead is bigger and bigger.
She also showed tireless efforts in securing the desired reputations and right for Swahili language to be used as the medium of instruction at all levels of our education system in Tanzania.
Mzee in Swahili language is a title of respect for an old man. For those who have come across his writings will have their hats-off to his down to earth vividness in the usage of grammar in Swahili language.
www.geocities.com /africanwriters/Contemporaryswahili.html   (1656 words)

 Swahili language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Swahili is a national and/or official language in Tanzania, Kenya
It is closely related to the Mijikenda group of languages, Pokomo, Ngazija, etc. Over a thousand years of intense and varied interaction with the Middle East, Arabia, Persia, India, China, Portugal, and England has given Swahili a rich infusion of loanwords from a wide assortment of languages.
Although the Swahili noun class system is technically grammatical gender, there is a difference from the grammatical gender of European languages: In Swahili, the class assignments of nouns is still largely semantically motivated, whereas the European systems are mostly arbitrary.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Swahili_language   (2782 words)

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