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Kiswahili (Swahili)

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General information
Name: Kiswahili
English name: Swahili
Population: 50,000,000
ISO code: swa,sw


Kiswahili (Swahili) is a major Bantu language spoken in East Africa. There are an estimated 50,000,000 speakers, which makes it the most widely spoken language on the African continent. Approximately 2,000,000 people use Swahili as a home language. Swahili is an official language of Tanzania, and is a national language in Kenya and Uganda. Swahili is also spoken in a number of other countries in the region, including the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, northern Mozambique and Somalia.

Swahili dictionaries

Online dictionaries / Electronic dictionaries

Swahili - English Dictionary (DOWNLOADABLE)
Software installable version of the below-mentioned dictionary, with various interesting and useful features, such as Microsoft Word integration.

Swahili - English Dictionary
Free to use online Swahili - English dictionary, has been expanded and recently updated (2006-10) to include over 15,000 Swahili to English entries, and many more in the English index.
-> Unlike in standard (stem-based) dictionaries, Swahili words can be looked up as they are spoken or written. This dictionary is being created/compiled by Pitta Joffe, Sarah Hillewaert, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver and David Joffe. A 15-million-word electronic Swahili corpus, built by Gilles-Maurice de Schryver and David Joffe, is being used. This work in progress is being compiled using David Joffe's lexicography software TshwaneLex, and is online since 10 May 2004.

The Kamusi Project The Internet Living Swahili Dictionary


  • TRANSLATION SERVICES TshwaneDJe Language Services (Translation, Proofreading, Editing, Transcription and more, for all official South African languages and most major world languages).


Language courses

Teach Yourself Swahili


Kiswahili Wikipedia
Online Swahili-language encyclopedia open for anyone to contribute.


Google in Kiswahili Swahili Language Portal
'The Web's most popular Swahili-English dictionary, the only freely available tools to analyse Swahili, and the largest collection of references to Swahili.'

Swahili part of speech tagger

Kiswahili software

Kiswahili Language Interface Pack for Windows XP
A partial Swahili language translation of Microsoft Windows XP.

Jambo OpenOffice
Kiswahili localisation of OpenOffice.

Jambo Spellchecker
Kiswahili spellchecker for Jambo OpenOffice.

The Open Swahili Localization Project (Mradi wa kuswahilisha programu huria)

Swahili - English