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Living Language, 2007 - Foreign Language Study - 320 pages
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This simple and effective introduction to Swahili will teach you everything you need to speak, understand, read, and write in Swahili. This program assumes no background in the language, and it explains each new concept clearly with plenty of examples, making it ideal for beginners or anyone who wants a thorough review. Living Language Swahili includes:

嫂 course book and six audio CDs
愁wo unique sets of recordings, one for use with the book, and a second for use anywhere to review and reinforce
意atural dialogues, clear grammar notes, vocabulary building, and key expressions
感lenty of practice, both written and recorded
意otes on culture, cuisine, history, geography, and more
愛eal life “discovery” activities and internet resources
嫂n extensive two-way glossary

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I bought this slim textbook and its six accompanying audio CDs before I travelled to Tanzania. I uploaded all the CDs into itunes and listened to them while working out, while commuting, while cooking. I also made flashcards to help me memorize important vocabulary words. After six weeks, I could have a simple conversation in Swahili: "Good morning, how are you? I am a teacher. What do you do? How much does this apple cost?" The topics of conversation that provided the subject matter for each subsequent chapter were surprisingly useful and well chosen. If you master the lessons in this book, you will have progressed to the point where you need to adopt the street as your classroom. I have used Living Language for several other languages, and I like it better than Rosetta Stone. Highly recommended.