A Guide to Swahili - 10 facts, key phrases and the alphabet

UNESCO World Heritage site, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania © BBC - Jeff Overs

Swahili language facts

Discover which Swahili words we use in English and other facts about the language.
Also available in Swahili with audio.

Swahili words and phrases

20 useful audio phrases, including 'Hello' and 'How are you?', to download or listen to online.

Residents of Stone Town in Zanzibar. Image copyright ©BBC - Jeff Overs
BBC - Jeff Overs

The Swahili alphabet

Learn how to pronounce all letters and find out the key facts about the alphabet.

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