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Swahili (macrolanguage)



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The Swahili language, or Kiswahili, is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Mozambique Channel coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique. Closely related languages, sometimes considered dialects, are spoken in the Comoros Islands and Somalia. Although only five million or so people speak Swahili as their mother tongue, it is used as a lingua franca in much of East Africa, and the total number of speakers exceeds 140 million. Swahili serves as a national, or official language, of four nations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through more than twelve centuries of contact with Arabic-speaking inhabitants of the coast of southeastern Africa. It has also incorporated Persian, German, Portuguese, English, and French words into its vocabulary through contact during the past five centuries.
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Names (more)

[af] Swahili
[am] ስዋሂሊ
[ar] لغة سواحلية
[an] Idioma swahili
[az] Suahili
[be] Суахілі
[bn] সোয়াহিলি ভাষা
[bs] Svahili jezik
[br] Swahileg
[bg] Суахили
[ca] Suahili
[cs] Svahilština
[cv] Суахили чĕлхи
[cy] Swahili
[da] Swahili
[de] Swahili
[el] Σουαχίλι γλώσσα
[en] Swahili (macrolanguage)
[eo] Svahila lingvo
[et] Suahiili keel
[eu] Swahili
[fa] زبان سواحلی
[fi] Swahilin kieli
[fr] Swahili
[ga] An Svahaílis
[gl] Lingua suahili
[gv] Swahilish
[sh] Svahili
[he] סווהילי
[hi] स्वाहिली भाषा
[hr] Svahili
[hu] Szuahéli nyelv
[io] Swahili-linguo
[iu] ᑭᓱᐊᐦᐃᓪᐃ
[id] Bahasa Swahili
[is] Svahílí
[it] Lingua swahili
[jv] Basa Swahili
[ja] スワヒリ語
[kl] Swahilimiutut
[kn] ಸ್ವಾಹಿಲಿ ಭಾಷೆ
[ka] სუაჰილი ენა
[rw] Igiswahili
[kg] Kiswahili
[ko] 스와힐리어
[ku] Zimanê swahîlî
[la] Lingua Suahili
[lv] Svahili
[li] Swahili
[ln] Kiswahíli
[lt] Svahilių kalba
[ml] സ്വാഹിലി ഭാഷ
[mr] स्वाहिली भाषा
[mk] Свахили
[mg] Fiteny soahily
[mi] Reo Swahili
[ms] Bahasa Swahili
[nl] Swahili
[nn] Swahili
[no] Swahili
[oc] Swahili
[om] Swahili
[os] Суахили
[pa] ਸਵਾਹਿਲੀ
[pl] Suahili
[pt] Língua suaíli
[qu] Swahili simi
[ro] Limba swahili
[ru] Суахили
[sk] Swahilčina
[sl] Svahili
[so] Sawaaxili
[es] Idioma suajili
[sr] Свахили
[sw] Kiswahili
[sv] Swahili
[ta] சுவாகிலி மொழி
[tg] Забони своҳилӣ
[th] ภาษาสวาฮีลี
[tr] Svahili
[ug] سۋاھىلىچە
[uk] Суахілі
[vi] Tiếng Swahili
[wa] Suwahili
[wo] Kiswahili
[yo] Èdè Swàhílì
[za] Vah Swahili
[zh] 斯瓦希里语

Language type : Living

Official language : Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda,

Language resources for Swahili (macrolanguage)

Open Languages Archives

Swahili (macrolanguage) Wikipedia
Swahili (macrolanguage) Wiktionary
Wiktionary - Category:Swahili language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:swahili [fr]

Freelang Dictionary [en]
Dictionnaire Freelang [fr]
Omniglot encyclopedia [en]
Lexilogos Dictionaries [en]
Dictionnaires Lexilogos [fr]
Dictionnaires Lexicool [fr]

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ISO 639 Codes

ISO 639-1 : sw
ISO 639-2B : swa
ISO 639-2T : swa
ISO 639-3 : swa

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