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Using Swahili

Canton, Ohio
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Using Swahili

We will be in Nairobi for about a month in June, mostly doing service work, including in the Kibera slum.

My question is - how important is it for us to pick up Swahili before our trip? We'll be working w/locals A LOT, so I'm wondering if we really need to have a (at least) a basic working vocabulary.

Your thoughts?

Asante sana.

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The (American) Foreign Service Institute has a free download site (see link above). You can download the Student Text, although PDF, it’s quite old having been typed-up on an old typewriter. You can print off lessons as you go along, ie, a few lessons at a time. It’s far more intensive than Pimsleur, which if I’m not mistaken only deals with the lst and 2nd Person singular?

The units shown state “tape” but in fact are MP3 files which can be downloaded and installed on computers and MP3 players.

Good Luck

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ask the people you will be working with to help teach you...

in nbi you really need very little swahili to get you by - infact you will be impressed at the command of english across all social-classes here! its amazing!

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