Swahili is the national language of Tanzania.
It is also spoken in most of the East and Central African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Swahili is spoken as first language by about 2 million people, however it is spoken as second and third language by more than 100million people worldwide.
It is also becoming a Lingua franca of East Africa and most other countries in Central Africa.
Swahili is said to be the easiest African language to be learnt by English speakers as many words in Swahili language had been influenced by Arabic and English language in their formation. Apart from that it has no lexical tone just like English language and you read out Swahili words just like how they are written. All these things give you reasons for learning how to speak Swahili language.
There are various places where you can learn Swahili in the Great Britain for example in some universities such as Stanford University which has been teaching Swahili in the department of linguistics for over 20 years.
Eva Mwambene, who is an International student at Teesside University, teaches some of the basics of speaking Swahili language.
Click on the video below to learn how to say few things such as hello!, i love you, dad, mom, brother and sister