Kamusi Cha Kiswahili: Swahili Dictionary

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AuthorHouse, Jul 18, 2005 - Education - 132 pages
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This concise dictionary was compiled, only as a small dictionary to go with the small grammar “Kiswahili in America.” Prepared for Americans in America already this Swahili African language is widely accepted and used throughout America. People are naming their children with Swahili names. There’s a church in Los Angeles, California named “UHURU” a Swahili word for freedom Independence. A lot of businesses have Swahili names. But most of the books on Swahili are written for Americans going to Africa. Almost none are written for Americans to speak and use in America, with American slang, such as “Right On!” “Easy Brother”, “Later “, etc [‘Hakika!-Right On!]-[Rahisi, NDUGU’-Easy, brother] and [‘CHELEWA’-‘:Later’].


People can call each other up on the phone and say-HABARI GANI? (What’s Happening?) and the other can say-HABARI NJEMA! (I am fine!). Then finish talking is English. That can, be the beginning of using the language or you can say Ninakwenda Kazi! (I am going to work), or ninkwenda shule! (I am going to school). Each one teach one! Eventually Afro-American will recover some of their Root African Language like the Italian, Spanish, Japanese, etc. And create a new dialect of the language-Shahili. 

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About the author (2005)

Kinyamkela Mbomoshi Kalamzi, is an Afro-American, who started studying this African Language in 1962 with a small grammar and concise.


Dictionary- a friend had secured from an African born in Kenya. Africa who taught him the basic sounds, etc.


After intense studying for about a year he began teaching others. By setting up classes of 10 or 20 people in different groups and teaching just the beginning basics of the language after reading 4-5 other Swahili books. The author ordered two large dictionaries of Swahili one Swahili-English and the other English-Swahili from Oxford University press, printed in the Kenya, Africa.


About 10 years later, he had compiled so many words and definitions that he decided to start preparing a small concise basic grammar and a small concise basic dictionary. So he started double checking words and definitions with dictionaries and books. (By this time he had brought about 8 books and tapes on the language+


The author wrote this book, principally for Americans in America to learn and speak Swahili in America. And hopefully create a new American dialect of the African Language-Swahili.

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