Swahili Language on the Internet


  • Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Swahili forum. (Online). -- Mainz, Germany: Universität Johannes Gutenburg, 1994-.
  • BBC World Service in Swahili (British Broadcasting Corporation, London, UK)
  • Columbia University: Swahili Language and Culture Acquisitions at Columbia University Libraries, 1979-2016
  • Cornell University: Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature (Ithaca, New York)
    "...founded by Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Lizzy Attree in 2014 to promote writing in African languages and encourage translation from, between and into African languages."
    --See also: Udadisi : "Tuzo ya Kiswahili ya Mabati-Cornell" (2015)
  • ELLAf--Encyclopédie des littératures en langues africaines : Corpus de textes en swahili (LLCAN--Langage, Langues et Cultures d’Afrique Noire, CNRS, Paris, France)
  • FSI Language Courses: Swahili : basic course. 2nd ed. (1968) By E.W. Stevick, J.G. Mlela, & F.N. Njenga. [Washington, DC: Foreign Service Institute, Department of State, 1968 ; 560 pages] (USA)
    --With accompanying Swahili audio lessons.
  • Google Kiswahili
    Tafuta Google kwa Kiswahili!
  • HakiElimu -- Publications (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
    A digital library of free publications in Kiswahili and English, including many government reports and some scholarly books and working papers on development, education, law, and politics. "HakiElimu was established in early 2001 by a group of 13 Tanzanian founder members. The group consists of some of the leading members of the civil society, academic, research, media, human rights and critical gender community in Tanzania."
  • H-Swahili Discussion Network (H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan)
    A forum for scholars -- in English and in Swahili, with the archive of e-mail discussions and information on how to subscribe.
  • Institute of Kiswahili Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania = Taasisi ya Taalama za Kiswahili, Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) 

  • Kamusi GOLD--The Global Online Living Dictionary (Switzerland)
    This site includes the word list from "Kamusi Project: Online English-Swahili/Swahili-English Dictionary," formerly at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Kanga Writings -- Pictures -- History (Hassan Ali, Ottawa, Canada)
    A chart of Swahili sayings that often appear on the cotton cloth commonly worn by women in East Africa, especially in Tanzania or coastal Kenya. The chart also includes literal English translation and the deeper meanings.
  • Kenya: Radio Citizen (Royal Media Services, Nairobi, Kenya)
    Music and news in Kiswahili!
  • KIKO--Kiswahili kwa Komputa (African Studies Institute, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia)
    A multimedia conversation and grammar textbook. "... six units comprising a total of thirty six lessons covering a range of topics including "Meeting one another", "Knowing numbers", "Family", "Time", "Buying and Selling" and "Education". ...intended to provide the students an illustration of Kiswahili culture and language with a set of conversations between native speakers of Kiswahili."
  • KiSwahili Web at UPenn (African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelpia, Pennsylvania)
    These web pages include online listening files and texts for beginners.
  • LangMedia--Resources for World Languages: Swahili Resources (Five College Center for the Study of Languages, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
    The site features Course Guides, Audio Files for Kiswahili Kwa Kitendo (Zawawi) -and-
    Kiswahili (Hinnebusch & Mirza); plus videos and texts for:
    -- Swahili in Kenya
    -- Swahili in Tanzania
  • Mapishi = Halal Cooking Recipes Alhidaaya.Com (Tanzania)
  • Mkuki na Nyota Publishers (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) --via African Books Collective, Oxford, UK.
    "Mkuki na Nyota Publishers (MnNP) ni kampuni ya uchapishaji vitabu ya Tanzania iliyoanzishwa mwaka 1991, Dar Es salaam, Tanzania. Baada ya kuongoza Kampuni ya Uchapishaji Vitabu ya Tanzania Publishing House kwa muda wa miaka 18, Bwana Walter Bgoya alianzisha kampuni hii kwa lengo la kuchapisha vitabu vya taaluma ya juu -- yaani kwa vyuo vikuu na taasisi nyingine za elimu ya juu. Katika kutilia mkazo zaidi uchapishaji wa vitabu vya aina hiyo, Mkuki na Nyota imeweza kuchapisha vitabu mbalimbali katika fani ya Sayansi ya Jamii, vikiwamo vitabu vya Sanaa, vitabu vya ziada kwa shule za msingi na sekondari na vitabu vya watoto wadogo."
  • Noun Classification in Swahili (Dr. Ellen Contini-Morava, University of Virginia, Charlottesville)
  • Radio Deutsche Welle: Idhaa ya Kiswahili (Köln, Germany)
    This site offers world and East African news briefs and audio files from radio broadcasts.
  • Swahili Hub: Kitovu Cha Kiswahili (The Nation Media Group, Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
    Habari za Kenya na Tanzania kwa gazeti na video. Pana sehemu "Maktabani jisomee", video muhimu, na tena picha muhimu.
  • Swahili Music Notes (Vusile Terence Silonda, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
    "Music Sheets on Swahili Music Notes are uploaded by registered users from all over [Tanzania]...(and the world)."
  • Swahili Studies Bibliography. Compiled by Kelly M. Askew "Works on the Swahili Coast" (Tanzania Studies Association, via Google sites, USA)
  • Swahili Text Collections on the Web
  • Tusikilize Kiswahili = Let's hear Kiswahili -na- Tusome Kiswahili = Let's Read Kiswahili (Prof. Alwiya S. Omar ...[et al.], University of Pennsylvania, African Studies Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    Introductory video lessons (with vocabulary, definitions, & crosswords) and selected readings, (with vocabulary & word definitions).
  • Udadisi: Rethinking in Action (Chamba Chachage et al., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
    A Swahili language "blog" (with some English language entries) featuring commentary on the politics of culture, development, governance, and other issues in Tanzania, other parts of East Africa, and elsewhere in the world. The principal editor is a PhD candidate at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
  • United Nations. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Taarifa ya Ulimwengu juu yaa Haki za Binadamu Universal Declaration of Human Rights(Geneva, Switzerland)
  • University of Helsinki Language Corpus Server: Swahili Computer Corpora -- Information (Helsinki, Finland)
    • NOTE: Only general information is available about the database and archive of Swahili language texts; none of the texts are accessible without research affiliation. See also:
    • Helsinki Corpus of Swahili -- Introduction
  • University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (London, UK)
    • Baraza Swahili Conference, October 29, 2016 -- "Call for Papers"
      NOTE: The deadline for proposals is September 1, 2016!
    • SOAS Library: Swahili Manuscripts Project
      • The website describes the on-going project and offers an online catalog of the collection. "The library of the School of Oriental and African Studies holds the largest public collection of Swahili manuscripts in Britain. The collection includes more than 250 manuscripts dating from the 1790s to the 1970s, contained in the papers of William Taylor, Alice Werner, William Hichens, Wilfred Whiteley, Jan Knappert and Yahya Ali Omar. The library also holds microfilms of the manuscripts that were deposited by JWT Allen at the University of Dar es Salaam."
      • Selected images from manuscripts and audio files
  • Web Resources for African Languages Swahili (2008) (Jouni F. Maho, Partille, Sweden)
    A collection of links to sites with e-books, full text journal articles, theses, and working papers, and other resources...especially on Swahili linguistics. NOTE: updates to this site have been suspended.
  • The World Bank: Programu ya Maarifa ya Asili = Indigenous Knowledge Program, Five Year-End Report (Washington, DC)
  • ZMO--Zentrum Moderner Orient: Swahili Scholars, Poetry, and Politics (Berlin, Germany)
    Poetry, lectures, and discussions in English and Kiswahili [in audio and video formats] on Swahili politics and identities in modern Kenya. "...the Islamic scholar and former politician Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir (*1932) and the poet Ustadh Ahmad Nassir (*1936) from Mombasa, Kenya, were invited as visiting scholars to the ZMO from June 30 to July 11, 2008. This project was initiated and organised by Dr. Kai Kresse, who was first introduced to the two brothers during his field research in Kenya in 1998-9, and has written extensively on both figures."