Video: Overview of the Swahili Language (Kiswahili)

Swahili language overview video

The lowdown on Swahili

In this video, Paul gives a great overview of Swahili including:

  • its history
  • where it is spoken (global distribution)
  • background on the writing system
  • what other languages have influenced it
  • what regional Swahili varieties exist
  • very much more

Paul includes example samples of the Swahili language to illustrate the main points of how the language works - super helpful for folks just getting started and interesting in general for language geeks like me.

Words from the videographer

[This] episode is all about the Swahili language.

Swahili speakers

Swahili is spoken by 16 million people in East Africa including Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, where it has status as an official language.

Swahili is also spoken elsewhere.

About LangFocus

I've been a big fan of the LangFocus YouTube channel for quite some time now.

I visit it regularly to deepen my knowledge about languages in general - the videos are both academic and entertaining, a great combo.

The LangFocus creator, Paul, hails from Canada and is a language lover and polyglot who creates a wide variety of videos about languages and language learning. His work is supported by his listeners via Patreon.

Paul @langfocus you rock

Keep up the goods :) I want to interview you for an upcoming podcast.