And our easy and fun to read books make the Swahili learning safari delightful.
Digitaldialects.com provides free online games for home and school use.
swahilikids.com gives access to free quality educational and culturally relevant Swahili learning materials
Storybooks Canada is a website for teachers, parents, and community members that aims to promote bilingualism and multilingualism in homes, schools, and communities.
Akili and Me
Akiliandme.com introduces Akili, a curious 4-year-old who lives with her family at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. Kids sing with numbers, dance with letters, draw, play and learn bilingually with Akili and friends!
Ubongo.org is great! It develops edutainment and partnerships to transform the lives of African kids.
Omniglot.com provides a solid collection of useful phrases in Swahili for you to learn.
BBC Swahili Guide
BBC languages provides a great guide to Swahili with 10 facts, key phrases and the alphabet.
Wikitravel has a fantastic collection of words and phrases for travelers.
Swahili people facts for kids
Kids.kiddle.co provides a great outline of Swahili people for kids to learn.
Swahili Language and Culture
Glcom.com is a great website to get more acquainted with the Swahili language and culture.
University of Dar es Salaam's MobiTUKI English-Swahili dictionary
Swahili-dictionary.com (MobiTUKI) by the UDSM's Institute of Kiswahili Studies is an excellent resource where you will find idioms and phrases, technical word and thousands of examples with variants for British, American, Australian and South African English.
This online resource is an open access to picture storybooks in the languages of Africa. For children’s literacy, enjoyment and imagination.
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Spoken by millions across Africa, Swahili is a beautiful language to learn. And because it’s so easy to use, it’s easy to love.
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What is the best way for your child to learn numbers? The fun, colorful way!
Bright and cheery, this bilingual gem is great fun and showcases typical everyday African scenes as a starting point for children to learn.
Use this book to help your child gain basic math skills, including reading and writing Swahili numbers from 1 to 10.
With gorgeous pictures this timely, inspiring book is simple in its message of expressing kindness to others.
At the same time, introduce children to amazing Swahili proverbs because education starts with parents and the home is where the best conversations start between parents and children.
This was a great book. My daughter loved the rhyming words and the bright colorful pictures. It is a very good introduction to Swahili for kids who are learning the language. It kept us engaged and interested to the end!
I bought this book for a little boy I am sponsoring in Tanzania. I am from the United States so I had it shipped here first. My little 7 year olds really enjoyed seeing how English can translate into Swahili. It is also a very sweet little story about what qualities make for a good friend. And how each of us are special. I thank the author for providing an authentic Tanzanian based book with spot on translations. I hope the little boy I send this too enjoys reading about his animal friends in the Serengeti while also getting and introduction with English that will hopefully help him in primary school. Thanks for a great book! Highly recommend...I even bought a second copy because my girls liked it so much.
Swahili Children's Books to keep the little ones reading, thinking, and growing.
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Librarians, ‘Piki Piki Moja’ is a clever introduction to Swahil numbers and language diversity. Perfect to start a new generation on their journey to bilingualism.
Use this book to introduce your child to basic math skills and reading and writing numbers from 1 to 10.
This book introduces words starting with the letter 'M' with pictures to make learning to read Swahili interesting and engaging for kids.
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Children will love the colourful photographs and wonderful word sounds in this Swahili children's book about colours.
Mtoto wako atakifurahia sana kitabu hiki cha picha chenye kufundisha majina ya rangi kwa kiswahili. Soma nae umsaidie mtoto wako aanze vyema safari isiyo na mwisho: elimu.
Elimu Haina Mwisho - Education has no end
Spoken by millions across Africa, Swahili is a fun and beautiful language to learn.
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