Swahili Primer - Learn To Speak And Write Swahili Language: Grammar, Vocabulary & Exercises

4.7 (71)
133.9 MB
Age rating
Current version
Nkyea Learning Systems
Last update
8 years ago
Version OS
7.0 or later

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User Reviews for Swahili Primer - Learn To Speak And Write Swahili Language: Grammar, Vocabulary & Exercises

4.72 out of 5
71 Ratings
7 years ago, Mazziestarz
Swahili primer ni fit!
I am just loving this app! Swahili primer breaks down the language in a way that is really understandable to non-native speakers and is so much better than any class I have taken. I may be moving to rural Tanzania and this will be immensely helpful!
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7 years ago, Scraphappy7
Asanteni sana
I am loving this app, along with two others, to learn Swahili. The vocabulary sections are especially helpful, as is the breakdown of how the words change depending on whose got what! One of the other apps seems to expect you to know when to use "mtanzania" vs "watanzania" etc. The words were suddenly introduced without explanation. With this app, now I know. That other app also doesn't offer pronunciation. The reason for four stars here? I couldn't find the very common "asante" (thank you) in this app. I had to go to the other app to find it. Also, some of the links to pronunciations are off. However, I did write the developers and got a quick reply they are working to fix it. So far, this is the one app I would pay for, once they work out those bugs.
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6 years ago, Sinner-Saved-by-Grace
Helpful App...
When used with other Apps. The good thing here is some very necessary terms to help construct Kiswahili grammar correctly show up. They are also correct, best I can tell. Other apps seem to have various mistakes or colloquialisms or Sheng input. What’s here tracks with various dictionaries. I greatly appreciate the way this app is put together; simple yet powerful. THANK YOU!
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6 years ago, BadMan62
Very Useful! Especially for the way I learn.
Am enjoying it immensely! Got it in tandem with another Swahili app. Very good together. The audio is extremely helpful! Highly recommend!
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6 years ago, TinkerbelleCutie
Great app! A few typos
I love this app! It really love the portability of it and the wide variety of vocabulary and lessons. They’re are a few typos like in numbers section, they say kitabu is bed when it is actually book for example. Other than that, it’s great!
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7 years ago, CGHTB
Terrific language App
This app is beautifully designed for ease of use and the lessons and exercises are easy to follow. I have nothing but praise for this app.
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7 years ago, jfoley126
Very practical approach to learning the language.
Basic but useful exercises.
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7 years ago, Al Heru
So far so good
Went over lessons once and left it alone for some days. Got back to it and it felt more natural. Seems not cramming it works good.
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5 years ago, lcr enough
I would have given it a higher rating if it didn’t interrupt me so often asking for a review - even after I gave it some stars!
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8 years ago, Meefjfofn
Great app!
I've always wanted to learn the language, this app is perfect
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8 years ago, Icecream candy
So easy!
Love this simple and easy app.
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4 years ago, Youci12
Swahili learning
I love this app and I wish it has more vocabulary.
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8 years ago, SheriaKorea
Nzuri sana!!!
This app is great! Helps me practice grammar structuring as well!!
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5 years ago, CayoxLux
Marvelous app
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13 years ago, Top_Dawg
I love this application
I too was having a problem with the app crashing but after closing the app and restarting the iPad and then restarting the app, I haven't had another problem with it crashing. It is a great program for the cost. I only wish it were more geared toward casual conversation such as Hujambo for a greeting. My wife and I are quickly learning to converse with each other in Kiswahili using this program. Again this is a very good program.
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13 years ago, I am afroterrestrial
If I didn't have to buy it twice
Before I installed the update everything was fine. What sets this app apart from the others I have downloaded is the quiz section. I like that I can test my knowledge after completing a session. The narrators voice is nice and clear and the interface is nicely designed. However, after the update I could not even launch the program without it immediately crashing. What I wound up doing is deleting the app from my iPad and reinstalling it. I thought I would be prompted that I already purchased the app, but that message never came up and I was charged a second time for the app :-/ So now it at least starts. I've tried the posting to Facebook option and that worked fine, as well as the word of the day. I have not tried recording my voice yet so I don't know if it will crash at that point or not. Anyway, all in all it's a pretty solid app that I'm willing to take the $2.99 hit..... Maybe ....
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9 years ago, Magikarper
Its clear, its easy to use, and its a fun language for me . I tried to use Duo Lingo but they don't have any african dialects in their categories. This ones 10x better anyways because your learning sentences and conversations you really could be having with someone who speaks Swahili. With Duo lingo, i spent 4 months on that app to learn spanish and you can only get as far as "the cat drank the milk" before you have to pay for extra lessons. This app wins
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10 years ago, Jemmy765
After buying about 9 Swahili Apps I finally found one that is so much worth it! This app surpasses expectations, please don't waste money on other expensive apps, they don't measure up to this one. This is it!. It is fun, easy to memorize. Its simplicity makes learning a breeze. The voice is so clear and real. I am just sorry I spent so much money on other apps before I found this one. Kudos! Please make more language apps. Thanks!
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9 years ago, prf
So pleased with this app.
For the price, this app is priceless! I have learned so much in just a few days . The soundbites help with pronunciation so much. And the exercises are a great way to test your progress. I can't believe I'm starting to learn Swahili! Thanks for such a useful tool for a beginner. I recommend this to anyone just starting from scratch on speaking & understanding Swahili. Definitely worth it!!!!
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13 years ago, Chelas4us
Love love this app!
The narrator's voice is clear. I love how I can record my own voice to hear if I'm saying the phrase correctly and that there is a quiz for every section.. U can even post it to Facebook. I wish there were more words and phrases and would pay more money if there were because I love the set-up and layout!
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8 years ago, nonstopnancy
The info in this app is NECESSARY to learning Swahili!
Before I got this app, I had just been floundering around memorizing Swahili words. This app actually explains the grammar behind word and sentence construction, so now I can actually speak sentences and figure out how to properly express things and decode new words. Don't try to learn Swahili without it!!!
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13 years ago, Amy Isiaho
Very helpful!
This app has really helped me start to learn the basics for Swahili in an organized way. I really like the quizzes, which help wrap up the information learned. The only thing I would change is to be able to expand the vocabulary on the app. Very useful and helpful app!
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9 years ago, Wannabe Brasileiro
Most Helpful app so far
Super helpful app! Teaches grammar and vocabulary and all the basics for the language. It is well organized and it is easy to access the information. I would recommend this app to anyone who wants to learn Swahili.
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10 years ago, Vickilynn99
Excellent way to practice the language
It is a very through app & gives great information. I use the record option often to listen to myself to see if I sound like the recording. I wish there were more review games. If there were more games to practice the skills it would be a 5 star app.
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11 years ago, DexterHugh
Nice start
Mine has never crashed. iOs 5.1.1 Great selection of common words/phrases with excellent sound clips and quizzes. I think quizzes are too easy, and I'd love if quizzes were audio, and you had to recognize the phrase by ear. I'd also like some explanations about the language structure. For example, why does "Je?" Precede most questions?
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8 years ago, Krs8643
This is an amazing app. Very detailed and plenty of lessons to either learn, or get better at Swahili. I travel to east Africa every year and use this app to keep my Swahili fresh. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn.
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10 years ago, Marienh
This is by far the best app I've found to learn basic Swahili! It's always been a dream of mine to speak this language, and this app has helped me achieve my dream! Wish it was a little more innovative but it met my needs!!;)
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13 years ago, jesus freak115
I have been to Tanzania. By the time I got home I had developed a passion for the African people, this program gave me a way to learn more Swahili. I look forward to going back to Africa with a better understanding of Swahili.
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9 years ago, Kenyafranceus
Good app but errors
I like this app and the exercises but they are some inconsistencies. For example bed is sometime translated kitabu sometime kitanda or during the exercises the number is 18 but there is no option to choose 18. Because of the different mistakes that I've seen I am not giving it a five but this is still a good application to learn
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12 years ago, afroterrestrial
Nice App!
I've been using this app for quite awhile now. The interface is clean, the voice is clear and paced. I love that there is a quiz at the end of each lesson and the word of the day option helps keep me motivated. This is one of the best Swahili apps out right now.
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12 years ago, Determined2Rise
Perfect beginner app
This may not be the best resource for learning an entire language but it's definently a great place to start! Many great words and phrases that will help anyone with a passion to learn the language grow in fluency.
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10 years ago, Kim_Marie
So easy to use and understand
And I love love love the slower production option on the audio! I tried more than a few apps to learn Swahili and this one is the BEST!
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8 years ago, Pearcington
Awesome app
This app is really detailed when it comes to the grammatical structure of Swahili. Very cool & useful. The developer is also very responsive to reports of issues/bugs.
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13 years ago, CT Master
The best language app
This is the best language app I came across, and the lessons is very easy to learn. I learn to speak Swahili in one week. Great software.
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13 years ago, achemistryofstars
Excellent beginner's phrasebook!
Thanks for putting together a great introductory app! It would be ideal to do another iteration with more phrases and to test actual sentence construction, but this is fantastic to start!
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10 years ago, Janis Harrison
Thorough and Easy to Use
This app is very easy to use and the pronunciations are great! There is a wide range of vocabulary words. Thank you!
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9 years ago, Horsejoy
Great practice and to HEAR the language!
I love this app! Straight forward explanations. And then exercises to hear the sounds and practice learning vocabulary!
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13 years ago, Andydew
I am taking Swahili at Ohio State and this app is helping me already. App used to crash. They fixed it a week after my review. This app saved me today during class!
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12 years ago, Schatzi2012
Great app
Love the native speaker. Very practical. Gets all the basics down and makes it kind of fun. I'm adding it to my "I've got an app for that" repertoire!
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13 years ago, Hildara Alonso
Basic Swahili
Asanta sana. for putting basic Swahili on iPhone. I improve this language when I use my iPhone. Mungu akubariki who put it on the iPhone Asante sana tena.
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11 years ago, gbell1030
Doesn't work now
After the most recent update I can't even open the app. Automatically crashes every time. Also, If this app had the ability to copy & paste, I would definitely give it more stars, that is after I can use it again.
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10 years ago, Siemont03
Best Swahili learning app by far!!!
I love it so nice!!! Has everything you need for grammar and vocabulary wonderful app thanks guys!!!
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12 years ago, Greyhound91
A wonderful adjunct to the Pimsleur course. I already knew how to pronounce so this is a great way to build my vocab. Highly recommended for beginners or brusher-uppers.
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10 years ago, sharrisdoc
Excellent for slow pronouncing the language.
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10 years ago, Imemylee
Great app
I love how this app teaches u correct grammar. However, I really wish it had pictures with the object words to help with visual learning.
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13 years ago, DrEducation
Am now disappointed!
I loved this app and was learning at a rapid rate. Once I had to update, the app does not work anymore! I am greatly disappointed because in the beginning I would have given the app a 5 star rating. Please fix!
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12 years ago, Web-Deb
Great app!
Thanks for this very helpful tool to improve Swahili. Love the word or phrase of the day!
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11 years ago, Kenya Pullit
Great way to get the basics down before a trip to the Dark Continent!
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11 years ago, Wayne317
App review
It's great, I love it except the play back voice part. It messes up every time I use
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12 years ago, ShadyBluffMQT
Needs updating!
Crashes... Needs updating. Really wish it worked...
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