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Whether you are a beginner or an advanced language learner, Glossika takes your Swahili skills to the next level.
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From basic Swahili phrases to advanced expression, you can break through to fluency with Glossika by training your Swahili speaking and listening skills.
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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
Learning Swahili can be easy
– a basic introduction to get you started
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