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Modern Languages and Literatures: Kiswahili

A guide to resources for research in Modern Languages & Literatures.


Want to Browse the stacks on the second floor for Swahili language and literature materials?

Try these call number ranges:

  • PL8000-8009 African Languages
  • PL8009.5-8014 African Literature
  • PL8015-8021 African Languages. By region or country
  • PL8024-8027 Special families of languages
  • PL8035-8844 Special languages (alphabetically)

View of the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Courtesy of CIA WorldFact Book

Other helpful guides

Language Lessons and Grammar Guides

Audio, Images, Videos and more...

Radio, Television, and Newspapers

  • Swahili Forum: An international peer-reviewed journal for Swahili Studies published since 1994.


Image Collections

  • WorldImages: An image database from the California State University IMAGE Project. Great resource for images worldwide. Includes art and life images.

Video Collections

Bilingual books?

Looking for bilingual books so that you can practice your reading skills?

Try a search in Google using this search phrase:

Bilingual OR dual language books

You can also throw in a language. For example:

Bilingual OR dual language books Swahili AND English

Kiswahili Translation Tools

Online Dictionaries

Internet Living Swahili Dictionary

Online Swahili Dictionary


Noun Classification


Kisawhili/English Lexicon

Print Dictionaries

We currently do not have any print Kisawhili dictionaries.