Top 5 African languages you must learn if you’re thinking of doing business in Africa

Theodora Aidoo Nov 18, 2019 at 12:00pm

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Theodora Aidoo

Theodora Aidoo | Staff Writer

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Opinions & Features

SWAHILI

Swahili Basics and Useful Phrases for Travelers to East Africa
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As a business person, your ability to speak Swahili can land you good business deals and comparatively it’s a bit more efficient and easy to learn than many other tribal languages of East and Central Africa. In the Swahili language things are written as they’re pronounced.

There are an estimated 100 million people or more who speak Swahili. It is a Bantu language believed to have originated from Arabs and Persians who moved to the East African coast, according to Swahili history.

Swahili is official and national language to Tanzanians, Kenyans and most recently Ugandans. Other nations like Rwanda, Burundi, southern Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan northern Mozambique and the Comoros Islands also speak Swahili.  

When you say “Habari”, it means hello.

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