FSI - Swahili An Active Introduction (Geography)
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The subject matter of this FSI Active Introduction to Swahili Geography is taken from the geography of eastern Africa. A person who begins with no knowledge either of East African geography or of Swahili grammar will end the course knowing the rudiments of both. The companion booklet, An Active Introduction to Swahili: General Conversation, may be used before this one, or after it, or concurrently with it. Both have been produced with financial support from the Peace Corps.
In the summer of 1965, the Foreign Service Institute produced for Peace Corps use an Experimental Course in Swahili. The distinctive feature of that course was its `microwave' style of lesson organization, which emphasizes communicative use of each structural element as soon as it appears. Subsequent experience in a number of Peace Corps training programs as well as at the Foreign Service Institute has led to extensive revision and supplementation, and to division of the one course into two.
The Swahili language or Kiswahili, is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Mozambique Channel coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique. Closely related languages, sometimes considered dialects, are spoken in the Comoros Islands and Somalia. Although only five million or so people speak Swahili as their mother tongue, it is used as a lingua franca in much of East Africa, and the total number of speakers exceeds 140 million. Swahili serves as a national, or official language, of four nations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through more than twelve centuries of contact with Arabic-speaking inhabitants of the coast of southeastern Africa. It has also incorporated Persian, German, Portuguese, English, and French words into its vocabulary through contact during the past five centuries.
Swahili is spoken in: Kenya
Swahili is also called: Arab-Swahili, Kisuaheli, Kisuahili, Kiswaheli, Kiswahili, Suahili, Swahili