Language Learning

The national languages of Tanzania are Swahili (aka Kiswahili) and English. With more than 120 ethnic groups within the country, each with their own language, Swahili is the unifying African language while English is used as an international language. Swahili is spoken extensively throughout most of East Africa and all volunteers go through excellent language and cutural training upon arrival. For many Tanzanians Swahili is a second language from their native tribal language.  

  •  Simplified Swahili by Peter M. Wilison - available wherever books are sold
    • Upon arriving in country every trainee receives a copy of this book and many volunteers use this book heavily throughout their service. If you're coming to country to be a volunteer, don't bother, but for those left behind this is a great resource.
  • English-Makonde dialect (Mtwara region) dictionary (pdf, 252 KB)
  • Makonde dialect grammar (pdf, 8.2 MB)
  • Swahili-Kiluguru dialect (Morogoro region) brief guide (pdf, 52 KB) 
  • Hehe/Bena Dictionary by Ben Savonen (doc
  • Volunteer On-going Language Learning Manual (pdf, 4.0 MB) Available on the ICE publications website and the "Sharing Promising Practices" CD
    • This publication teaches Peace Corps language learners to determine their favored learning style and how to identify and reflect on learning style, attitudes and motivation. It describes various strategies for learning a language outside of formal instruction. This manual is designed as a self-study aid to help Peace Corps Volunteers develop new language skills throughout their service. [ICE No. M0064]