Latest Swahili language Stories

2013-04-23 13:01:12

Children growing up in the Rufiji region along the coast of Tanzania are learning Swahili as their first language. Consequently, their parents are expected to be the last generation to be fluent in the minority language Ndengeleko. A new doctoral thesis in African languages from the University of Gothenburg is the first, and maybe last, attempt ever to explore Ndengeleko grammatically. More than 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania. Most are minority languages spoken by various ethnic...

2010-08-10 23:22:34

Problems found with forms translated from English The first study to look at simplified English-language consent forms translated into another language calls into question the common belief that a translated consent form meets readability standards. The study appears in IRB: Ethics & Human Research. Nearly half of all U.S.-based clinical trials are now conducted overseas, many in countries where the native language is not English and whose population has low literacy "“ factors that...

2009-05-17 12:54:16

A judge says she will marry couples in five languages in a special ceremony in Cincinnati this coming Sunday. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Nadine Allen said she also is open to working with interpreters if couples want to get married in something other than French, Italian, Spanish, Swahili or English, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Saturday. If anyone speaks another language and wants their vows in a tongue other than the five, Allen said, we will be glad to work with an...

2008-10-09 15:00:24

Excerpt from report by state-owned TBC (Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation) television on 9 October [Presenter] The Malagasy and Tanzanian governments have signed agreements that will enable exchange of information and expertise in areas of business, tourism, communication, defence and security, as well as establishment of permanent cooperation committees between the two countries. [Reporter] Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana used the opportunity to address the media before concluding...

2008-09-13 00:00:15

By Sophie Lam Idyllic expanses of soft sand, coral reefs full of tropical fish, elephant safaris and snake farms... Sophie Lam surrenders to the shore THE HEART OF KENYA? In a sense, yes. Long before Nairobi became the country's capital it was the coastal city of Mombasa that was the focus of Kenya's political affairs. East Africa's oldest harbour city attracted traders from Portugal, India and the Arab world; its prevailing cultural legacy was left by Omani Arabs, whose intermarriage...

2007-08-07 09:16:14

Tanzania has seen a steady proliferation of Islamic media. The outlets - radio stations and weekly publications in the main - are concentrated on the mainland, where the regulatory framework is more relaxed than it is on the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. Muslims make up around 35 per cent of the country's 36 million people. Mainland Muslim populations are concentrated along the coast and in main urban centres. Nearly 80 per cent of them follow the Sunni belief. Relations...

2005-12-18 11:36:42

By C. Bryson Hull and Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - Call a holiday for any reason, by any name, and Kenyans will celebrate it. In the East African nation of 32 million, it takes very little to persuade wananchi -- as the public is known in Swahili -- to take the day off to dance, eat roasted meat known as nyama choma, drink and relax. So the debate over what to call Christmas in the United States, given sensitivities over religious holidays like Hanukkah and the largely...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.