Swahili Language (swh)

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Also Known As: Swahili,Suahili,Kisuahili,Kiswahili,Kiswaheli,Kisuaheli,Arab-swahili


Swahili (Kiswahili) is spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Indian Ocean coastline from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique, including the Comoros Islands. Although only 5-10 million people speak it as their native language, Swahili is also a lingua franca of much of East Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a national or official language of four nations, and is the only language of African origin among the official working languages of the African Union.

Swahili is a Bantu language that serves as an alternative first language to various groups traditionally inhabiting about 1,500 miles of the Southeast African coast. About 35% of the Swahili vocabulary derives from the Arabic language, gained through more than twelve centuries of contact with Arabic-speaking traders. It also has incorporated German, Portuguese, English and French words into its vocabulary through contact during the last five centuries. Swahili has become a second language spoken by tens of millions in three countries, Tanzania, Kenya, and Congo (DRC), where it is an official or national language. The neighboring nation of Uganda made Swahili a required..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Swahili Language Speakers


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Detailed Description:
Genesis Translation:
Universal Declaration Of Human Rights:


Main Country: Tanzania
Spoken In:

Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Malawi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia Regions: Africa

ISO 639-1 Code: sw
ISO 639-3 Code: swh

Classification Taxonomy

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  Niger-Congo Group

    Atlantic-Congo Group

      Volta-Congo Group

        Benue-Congo Group

          Bantoid Group

            Southern Bantoid Group

              Narrow Bantu Group

                Central Narrow Bantu Group

                  G Group

                    Swahili (G.40) Group

                      Swahili Language