2nd Edition

Colloquial Swahili The Complete Course for Beginners

By Lutz Marten, Donovan Lee Mcgrath Copyright 2012

    Colloquial Swahili: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Swahili as it is written and spoken today.

    Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Swahili in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

    Colloquial Swahili is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

    Key features include:

    A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

    Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar

    An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises

    Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations

    Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in Swahili-speaking countries.

    An overview of the sounds of Swahili

    Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Swahili is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Swahili.

    Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

    Introduction.  Unit 1. Welcome  Unit 2. Where do you come from?  Unit 3. The Family  Unit 4. Travelling  Unit 5. On the Move  Unit 6. In the Countryside  Unit 7. Sickness and Medical Treatment  Unit 8. Visiting  Unit 9. Doing Social Research  Unit 10. A Wedding Celebration  Unit 11. Trouble at Home  Unit 12. Stories and Newspapers  Unit 13. Communications  Unit 14. Various Kinds of Music.  Key to Exercises.  Swahili-English Glossary.  English-Swahili Glossary.  Language Structure.  Index.


    Lutz Marten, Donovan Lee Mcgrath