FSI: Swahili Basic Course (MP3/PDF)

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Swahili
Level 1
Basic Course

Foreign Service Institute
Department of State

The Course Used by Diplomats

Learn Swahili the proven way -- just like a diplomat!

Over the years, Audio Forum® customers have used our courses to learn Swahili in as little as 25 minutes a day, entirely on their own. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve fluency in Swahili using this proven audio/text method.

While other premium computer-based language courses offer only the means to learn to speak, with Audio-Forum®, you'll not only speak fluently, you'll also master reading, writing, and grammar skills at a scholarly level -- all with the confidence and polish of a native Swahili speaker. After all, diplomats have proven for years that this method works!

This FSI Audio-Forum® Course Features:
* 15.5 hours of audio, 150 units (lessons)
* 560-page text
* Pronunciation drills and notes
* Word juncture and pitch phenomena
* Practical dialogs and conversations
* Matching paired sentences drills
* Substitution and transformation drills
* Grammatical notes and writing awareness
* Spontaneous conversation recordings
* Response drills and exercises

The U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute developed full-length courses specifically for diplomats, the very people who must learn a language quickly and effectively. Having worked with FSI authors and instructors, these courses have been fully tested through usage before release to the public. For over 40 years, Audio-Forum® has been the original and most trusted source for Foreign Service Institute language courses.

Enhanced PDF Features
The Audio-Forum® Difference: Audio-Forum® PDF books are enhanced with links to MP3 audio files. Speaker icons in the text allow you to hear the corresponding audio. The MP3 files can also be loaded onto your MP3-compatible CD player or digital media player. The PDF books may be read (without enhanced features) on tablet computers. A 10-inch or larger screen is recommended.

System Requirements for Enhanced PDF Features
Mac® OS X® 10.5-10.8
* Intel® processor
* 512 MB RAM
Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP
* 233 MHz or faster processor
* 128 MB RAM

About the Language
Swahili is an African language of the Niger-Congo family. Although only a few million native speakers exist, Swahili is the lingua franca -- a language adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different -- in much of East Africa, where it is spoken by over 60 million people. It is an official language in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Some Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through more than twelve centuries of contact with Arabic-speaking inhabitants of the southeastern coast of Africa.