By learning Swahili, different customs, temperaments and behaviours are better understood.
Swahili, or Kiswahili, belongs to the Bantu language family, a large family of languages spoken across a large area of sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the centuries, Swahili spread through the trade among different peoples and nations. In both Tanzania and Kenya, Swahili is a national language, however it is spoken by millions more across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa: in Uganda, Burundi, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.
Swahili is constantly being changed by its speakers who continually develop the language by including words borrowed from other languages. Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, Persian and, more recently, English are the most noted contributors. However, there are traces of Portuguese and German, not to mention the contributions made by local languages. In a way, Swahili is a reflection of all the connections that have, in a long historical period, been created among different peoples!
As a language, Swahili presents no serious difficulties for Serbian speakers: the language is more or less written as it is spoken and uses the same ‘continental’ vowel sound system found in Serbian. For those who are interested in learning this language for personal development, travelling or communication with business partners in Africa, Swahili is the right choice! Swahili-language workshops will enable participants to learn basic words and phrases in an engaging and interactive way.
The workshops will be guided by:
He was born in Tanzania and he is presently a third year student of economics at the University of Belgrade. Swahili is his mother tongue, but he also speaks good English, Serbian (of course), and the local language –Zaniki.
Long-time simultaneous, consecutive and written English language translator. Galina graduated in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. She lived in Nairobi, Kenya, where she encountered Swahili and where she obtained the title of master of international relations at the United States International University.