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SWAHILI • spring language workshops

The Museum of African Art organizes the Spring Swahili Language Workshops, on April and May. The workshops are intended for beginners. At the end of the Spring Swahili Languge Workshops, each participant will be qualified for basic communication in Swahili.

Spring Workshops begin on Saturday April 2nd 2016 and runs until Saturday May 28th 2016. Classes will be held once a week , on Saturdays, duration - one hour and 30 minutes.

Registration is open from March 17th to March 25th 2016.

There is a Swahili proverb: MTU NI WATU, which means A PERSON IS PEOPLE.

By learning Swahili, different customs, temperaments and behaviours are better understood.

Swahili, or Kiswahili, belongs to the Bantu language family, a large family of languages spoken across a large area of sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the centuries, Swahili spread through the trade among different peoples and nations. In both Tanzania and Kenya, Swahili is a national language, however it is spoken by millions more across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa: in Uganda, Burundi, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.

Swahili is constantly being changed by its speakers who continually develop the language by including words borrowed from other languages. Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, Persian and, more recently, English are the most noted contributors. However, there are traces of Portuguese and German, not to mention the contributions made by local languages. In a way, Swahili is a reflection of all the connections that have, in a long historical period, been created among different peoples!

As a language, Swahili presents no serious difficulties for Serbian speakers: the language is more or less written as it is spoken and uses the same ‘continental’ vowel sound system found in Serbian. For those who are interested in learning this language for personal development, travelling or communication with business partners in Africa, Swahili is the right choice! Swahili-language workshops will enable participants to learn basic words and phrases in an engaging and interactive way!

The workshops will be guided by:

Amosi Rwangarya
He was born in Tanzania and he is presently a fourth year student of economics at the University of Belgrade. Swahili is his mother tongue, but he also speaks good English, Serbian (of course), and the local language – Zaniki.

Galina Tudyk
Long-time simultaneous, consecutive and written English language translator. Galina graduated in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. She lived in Nairobi, Kenya, where she encountered Swahili and where she obtained the title of master of international relations at the United States International University.

For more information about the workshop contact Ivana Vojt, the MAA curator

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

phone: 011/ 2651 654, 011/ 2651 269


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