Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Shili Joseph Somi of Shili Media Group, LLC looked at the global economy and realized a very significant fact. He saw Africa taking its place as an emerging player in the global market. However, he knew that anyone who wants to enjoy the fruits of Africaʼs productivity should be fluent in the most widely spoken language on the continent: Swahili. Shili discovered that although there were Swahili courses available through apps, they were not helping users learn fluent Swahili, the way native speakers and writers actually communicate. So, he developed an app that teaches the language using native speakers from the Republic of Tanzania where it originated.

Swahili Everywhere was designed to teach you the language using correct pronunciation, using voice recordings of native Swahili speakers instead of the auto-generated robotic voices that most apps use. Swahili Everywhere will not only teach you how to become fluent in the language, but it will allow you to have a very minimal accent—if not eliminate it entirely. That way, when you travel to Swahili-speaking countries for business or pleasure, you can interact with the locals in their native tongue without any difficulty understanding each other.

Besides providing users with in-app lessons, Swahili Everywhere also offers a variety of other features to help students learn the language in an efficient manner. You can subscribe to our Youtube channel for video lessons, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for bonus tips and tricks on learning a new language

Swahili is a Bantu language primarily spoken in Tanzania, Burundi, Congo (Kinshasa) Kenya, Mayotte, Mozambique, Oman, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, as well as a few other countries. As a native language, around 5 million people speak Swahili. A further 135 million speak it as a second language.

Initially, it remained as the primary language spoken on the East African coast. Due to interactions between countries, it spread to more distant places, such as the islands of Comoro and Madagascar, and eventually made its way over to South Africa, Oman, and United Arab Emirates. Trade among countries, as well asmigration, spread the language to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Central African Republic, and Mozambique. Tanzaniaʼs relations with other countries helped spread Swahili even farther to Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, and
other East African countries. Additional countries soon began to declare it as their national language, like Kenya and Uganda.

Swahiliʼs slow spread from country to country allowed it to pick up words from other languages along the way. That is why many Swahili words were inspired by words from the Arabic, Portuguese, English, and many other languages.

Swahili is considered the easiest African language for an English speaker to learn. It's one of the few sub-Saharan African languages that has no lexical tone or tone patterns, just like in English. Reading is also easier in Swahili than certain other languages, as you pronounce Swahili words phonetically, just as you see them written.

Swahili Everywhere is a language learning app that implements the standard use of tests and flashcards in order to help you study and become fluent in the Swahili language. As a student using the Swahili Everywhere app, you answer test questions presented to you in a variety of ways—question and answer, multiple choice, or matching. You can take the same test again and again until you receive a 100% score on it; once you successfully pass the test, you can continue to retake it from time to time to practice.

You can also practice with our Jambo Flashcards, a new feature that is soon to be released. These flashcards allow you to learn words or phrases using cards with translations and audio. In addition, you can look into our other services to assist you with your learning process. We also create short animations and record videos of our staff pronouncing words in Swahili—both of which are free for you to watch on our

Youtube channel:

We also frequently utilize our social media accounts on


, and Twitter to teach you new words.

On average, it is said that it takes two to three months to learn a new language. But this is a calculation based on a strict learning schedule that requires approximately 10 hours a day of study, with few days off. Yet, even with days off, the majority of us cannot dedicate 10 hours a day to studying. Some of us are students taking other courses as well. Most of us have full-time time jobs. Add to that maintaining a social life with friends and family, and a myriad of other responsibilities. We get it. We donʼt expect you to achieve the impossible.

Thatʼs why we wonʼt tell you that it takes just three months to become fluent in a new and unfamiliar language. If you can put in five hours a day, it will take twice as long and you will be learning for four to six months. If you put in less time into studying, it will take you longer. But remember: Swahili is considered a fairly easy language to learn, so it will take you less time than the more difficult languages. Eventually, you will be able to speak Swahili fluently. It is all based on how motivated you are to learn Swahili.

In order to learn Swahili at the quickest pace possible, you will need to study it regularly. In addition to using the app and studying with flashcards and practicing by re-taking tests youʼve already completed, here are a few other tips and tricks to assist you in the learning process.

Find your strength and use it. Everyone has a specific learning style that makes the learning process easier for them. For the most part, we can be divided up into auditory, visual, and tactile learners. Once you discover which of these methods allows you to learn quicker and retain the knowledge better, you will be more motivated to learn.

For example, an auditory learner might speed up the learning process if he or she reads the written text out loud and repeats along with the voice recordings in the lessons. Listening to podcasts about Swahili (coming soon!) or listening to music in the language might benefit this type of learner as well. A visual learner will do better if he or she uses flashcards, especially if there are images incorporated into them, or writes down what he or she learned during that lesson and colors codes all notes. Watching our YouTube videos on English to Swahili translations could also be of benefit to this type of learner. A tactile learner needs to move in order to absorb information, so incorporating some kind of movement into his or her studying session—such as walking around while studying or tracing words with fingertips (finger spelling)—will help. When reading the Swahili sentences in our lesson plans and flashcards, try acting them out physically, if it makes sense to do so.

For further motivation, try to eliminate all distraction and procrastination, but donʼt overwhelm yourself while learning. Separate the material into segments and take frequent breaks if that helps you. Instead of hunkering down and spending hours at a time studying, learning a little at a time many times throughout the day might work best for you. Try creating a study routine. Put it on your calendar/set an alarm, and stick with it. Reward yourself for small and big accomplishments. Keep a journal of your accomplishments. Form a relationship with the language; look into its history, stay up-to-date on current events related to Swahili-speaking countries, understand the culture and the grammar rules—donʼt just memorize words. If you retain information better when you study in a group, turn the language learning process into a social event. Find other people learning Swahili and study together. Remind yourself that, one day, you will be fluent in Swahili and will impress yourself with your ability to speak and understand the language. Work toward that goal. Make learning enjoyable!

We have free courses and paid courses available to our students. The free courses offer you the basics, so that you can begin to learn the language risk-free and with zero commitment. If you love the free tests, decide to commit to learning the language, and want to take the more advanced lessons, we recommend signing up for our weekly, monthly, or yearly (best value) subscription plan. You do not have to pay for any courses when you begin using the app. A paid subscription is entirely your choice after you have already enjoyed our app for some time.

In addition to free and paid courses, Swahili Everywhere will soon offer Jambo flashcards that you can purchase to assist you with studying the language. If youʼd like to access our Jambo flashcards for free, you can do so by redeeming reward points. Our reward points system is a feature that will soon be available to all users. Redeeming reward points for Jambo Flashcards will require regular use of the app and extra effort to obtain 100% on your tests, as well as inviting your friends to use the app. Coming soon!

While the tests and flashcards in our app should be your primary source for learning Swahili, we also offer a variety of other features for you to use. If you like the learning process to be more entertaining, we also create short animations and record videos of our staff pronouncing words in Swahili—both of which are free for you to watch on our Youtube channel

Our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts also can help, as our posts frequently teach you new words in Swahili.

If you have advanced in our lessons and are now looking to learn in a way that is more engaging, we recommend seeking out a personal language coach or tutor. We plan to eventually offer you one-on-one training sessions with one of our staff members, so keep on the lookout for when that becomes available. Coming soon!

Swahili Everywhere teaches you a language that unifies a large portion of Africa and helps bridge the gap between many of the continentʼs inhabitants. Once you learn Swahili, you can comfortably travel to many different countries and be able to communicate with many of the locals. You will feel right at home during your next vacation to one of the beautiful beaches in Tanzania or the lush forests of Uganda.

If you frequently travel to Africa for business, are looking to start a business or partner with a business in Africa, or want to be able to adequately network with and offer your services to the African population, learning Swahili with Swahili Everywhere will greatly assist you. You will not need to pay a translator to travel with you or use Google Translate or a Swahili-English textbook to communicate. Instead, you will be able to freely navigate around the various Swahili-speaking countries in Africa and interact with potential partners and customers without difficulty.

You can email to get in touch with us at any time. We will do our best to assist you with your questions or resolve any issues that you may be experiencing.

Once we have completed the development of this feature, you will be able to earn reward points by taking tests and inviting your friends and family to try out the appas well. You will earn a specified amount of points for passing a test, the most points awarded for a 100% score on your first try. You will also be able to earn a few points for every phone number you send an app invitation to. Coming soon!

After youʼve begun collecting reward points, you can cash them in for Jambo flashcards. This feature typically requires payment, but you could redeem your reward points to access our flashcards free of charge. Coming soon!

You can redeem reward points in the app, by accessing your account. Once you are viewing your point total, ensure you have enough to redeem Jambo Flashcards. If you have the right amount, once you select the option to redeem
them, the appropriate amount is deducted from your total and a set of flashcards will be unlocked. Coming soon!

If you have attempted to redeem a set of Jambo Flashcards, and the app does not permit you to do so, you most likely do not have enough reward points. To earn more reward points, invite more friends to use the app (this feature is unlimited), or take more tests. If you study diligently and get a perfect score on a test during the first try, you will earn the most points available at once. Coming soon!

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