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  • Course description

    Why a Swahili course in London with Communicaid? Whether your language needs are business, diplomatic, social, financial, legal, or military, each Communicaid Swahili course is highly personalised and designed to improve your Swahili language and communication skills. Completing a Communicaid Swahili course will give you the confidence to communicate in Swahili with colleagues, clients and suppliers.

    Each Communicaid Swahili language course is designed to accommodate your needs. Our trainers can deliver intensive one-to-one language training courses here in our London centre, as well as in-company at your offices. With training centres in London , Paris , Frankfurt and New York providing international coverage and partner organisations worldwide, Communicaid is uniquely placed to be your local, national and international training partner for Swahili courses.
    Benefits of our Swahili language course

    A Communicaid Swahili language course will enable you to:
    • Speak Swahili with confidence
    • Interact more confidently when visiting a Swahili-speaking region or dealing with Swahili speakers
    • Build rapport and strengthen relationships with Swahili-speaking colleagues and clients through a show of interest in the Swahili language and culture
    • Demonstrate goodwill and facilitate international communication at both a personal and organisational level                                                                                                  
    Who should attend our Swahili school

    A Communicaid Swahili language course is designed for:
    • Anyone doing business with Tanzania , Uganda or Kenya
    • Anyone planning to relocate to eastern or south-eastern Africa and wishing to attend an Swahili course in order to prepare in advance for their assignment
    • Business professionals conducting business regularly with Swahili speakers who wish to build rapport and strengthen relationships by attending an Swahili course
    • Government and non-governmental agency representatives working in a Swahili-speaking region who need to be able to communicate at all levels
    Swahili course content   

    The content and format of your Swahili language course will depend on your profession, proficiency in Swahili and objectives. Whether beginner, survival, intermediate or advanced, key areas covered in all our Swahili courses include:
    • Spoken fluency
    • Listening skills
    • Pronunciation and accent
    • Reading skills
    • Telephone skills in Swahili
    • Email skills in Swahili
    • Sector-specific terminology
    • Presentation & negotiation skills


    Communicaid's Swahili courses are available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Language training takes place between 08:00 and 20:00 although courses are also available outside of these hours upon request. 

    Suitable tailored and published Swahili course materials will be used throughout, with recommendations on self-study material and extra reading made at the beginning and during your Swahili course.

    We offer a variety of training formats for your Swahili course - from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, modular lessons.  Appropriate formats will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy (please click here to read more about our approach).

    Swahili course trainer

    All Communicaid Swahili trainers are native speakers with at least 3 years' professional Swahili training experience.  In addition to relevant academic and linguistic qualifications and experience, many of our Swahili trainers also possess considerable exposure and expertise in the professional world.

    Your Swahili language trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. 

    "Kiswahili" - Facts about the Swahili language

    An official language in Kenya , Tanzania and Uganda as well as the African Union, Swahili is spoken by nearly 50 million people worldwide. An exact count is difficult to achieve, however, as Swahili is the second language for many throughout the eastern and south-eastern nation states of Africa; effectively becoming the lingua franca of the region.

    Swahili is also widely spoken in the eastern provinces of Zaire and along the east African coast from Somalia into northern Mozambique . A majority of Swahili speakers learn Swahili as a second or third language, and it is used throughout Eastern Africa as a lingua franca.

    Swahili is a member of the African Bantu language group although it is noticeably influenced by Arabic, Portuguese and, more recently, English. It is most similar to Kimwani, which is spoken in the Kerimba Islands and northern coastal Mozambique and Kingwana, which is eastern and southern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo . Modern standard Swahili is based on Kiunguja, the dialect spoken in Zanzibar town but there are numerous local dialects of Swahili .

    Although there are many dialects of Swahili, they are generally mutually intelligible with only small differences. The application and appropriate structuring of Swahili grammar is highly complex and is primarily formed by adding prefixes and suffixes to various word roots. Pronunciation, however, is simple and phonetic.

    Written Swahili language uses the Roman Latin alphabet following the influence of European colonial powers in the 19 th century. All vowel sounds are short in Swahili (A as in Car, E as in Red, etc.), and some consonants are pronounced during the intake of breath rather than on the exhalation.

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