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Swahili is an official language of the Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. It is also one of the official languages of the African Union. Swahili is spoken natively in several other countries: Burundi, DR Congo, Mozambique, Oman, and Rwanda. A variety of Swahili, Comorian, is spoken in the Comoros Islands. Swahili can be written in either Latin or Arabic characters. Its name proceeds from Arabic, meaning "language spoken by the people of the coast."

Vanderbilt University's Center for Second Language Studies offers Talk Now Swahili for independent study of Swahili. We have also installed a variety of apps for learning Swahili on our iPads.

BBC in Swahili (British Broadcasting Association)
Swahili at Indiana University
          Swahili Folktales and Songs with Exercises
          Swahili Listening Exercises [login: afritalk; password: afritalk]
Swahili Portal (University of Pennsylvania)
          Intermediate-Level Listening Exercises
          Swahili Vocabulary and Pronunciation Guide
          Swahili Exercises for Listening and Reading
          Swahili Reading Exercises
Swahili Listening Exercises (University of Virginia)
Swahili/Arabic/English Online Dictionary (Yale University)