Swahili Language & Culture
Swahili is one of the easiest languages to learn. Today it is the native language of approximately 50 million people. The official language of both Kenya and Tanzania, Swahili is also spoken in the Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zaire.
Browse upcoming Swahili classes in the Continuing Education Catalog online.
Swahili language and culture:
Swahili is a national or official language
of Tanzania and Kenya. Within
the Congo, as in much of East Africa, it
often acts as a lingua franca. This class
gives you the resources you need to
start planning your next trip to East
Africa. Learn to order in a bar or
restaurant, book a hotel room, greet
people, ask for information about a
destination, and much more.
Instructor: David Kyeu.
Textbooks for language classes are available for preview and purchase on campus in the University Book Store's lower level, in the outreach section. The University Book Store is located at 711 State St., Madison (at Lake St., on the Library Mall). See campus map.
David Wambua Kyeu The current chairperson of Egerton University Graduate Students Swahili council, David has a B Ed and an MA in Swahili Linguistics and Literature from Egerton University, Kenya. He taught Swahili at Brown University as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant. A former exchange student at Karlstads University-Sweden, David also doubles as a Kiswahili, Gikuyu, and Kamba languages translator with JTG Inc. based in Virginia. He is currently a graduate student and a TA of First-Year Swahili in the UW-Madison Dept. of African Languages and Literature. His research interests are African children's literature and African language pedagogy.
How to register
Call 608-262-2451, 7:00 am-4:00 pm, M-F. Specific program numbers and links to the mail-in registration form or to register online can be found in the continuing education catalog.
- Madison area registration questions: 608-262-2451.
- UW-Madison Continuing Studies languages program: firstname.lastname@example.org 608-262-7389.
- Join the mailing list for Swahili or other language programs.
- Review frequently asked questions about language programs.