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Glossika Internalizes all the Swahili grammar rules for you!

Language Difficulty for English (US) speakers: 5.44 / 10

Many people rate language difficulty by the way a language is written. At Glossika, we eliminate writing system difficulty and deliver fluency in any language regardless how it's written. To become fluent, you must manipulate all the pieces of a sentence and assemble them in a coherent stream of sound. To accomplish this, we unlock the grammatical patterns through audio training and transcriptions of that sound stream to the point that you get comfortable and familiar with those patterns.

Vocabulary differences: 10 points
Grammatical differences: 24 points
Phonological differences: 9.5 points

Languages easiest to learn if you speak Swahili: Vietnamese (Northern), Indonesian, Tagalog, khm-SD, Chinese (Taiwan), Hakka (Sixian), Thai

Languages hardest to learn if you speak Swahili: Russian, Polish, Slovak, Czech, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Hindi, Serbian (Ekavian)

Learning Swahili can be easy
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Classification: Niger-Congo Language Family - Bantu Branch
Writing System: Latin

Consonants: /m ᵐb ɓ p˭ ᶬv v f n ⁿd ɗ t ⁿz s r>[ɺ] l>[ɺ] ɲ ᶮɟ ʄ ʧ ʃ j ŋ ᵑɡ ɠ k w h/

Both /r/ and /l/ become [ɺ], a lateral flap in colloquial speech, but varies depending on user's native language. Unvoiced stops [p t k] are not aspirated /p˭ t˭ k˭/ different from English. Some vocabulary such as elephant, t'embo, is aspirated: /tʰɛmbo/. Voiced stops [b d ʄ ɡ] are ingressive /ɓ ɗ ʄ ɠ/ as in Hausa and Vietnamese unless prenasal. One syllable words starting with prenasals /ᵐb ᶬv ⁿd ᶮɟ ᵑɡ ⁿz/ become two syllables. Only Arabic loanswords use /θ ð x ɣ/ written as [th dh kh gh].

Vowels: /ɑ ɛ i ɔ u̞/ The letter /u̞/ is halfway between /u/ and /o/.

Intonation: penultimate stress (second to last syllable in each word)


Word Order: Subject - Verb - Object

Adjective Order: Noun - Adjective

Possessive Order: Noun - Genitive

Adposition Order: Preposition - Noun

Dependent Clause: Noun - Dependent, Noun - Relative Clause


Verbs: Tense (present, past, future), Aspect (perfect, imperfect), Mood (indicative, subjunctive)

Nouns: 18 classes, definite/indefinite

Pronouns: 1/2/3 person, singular/plural, 6 conjugations

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