Swahili Lesson 1

September 6, 2011 § 7 Comments

It’s back to school, I hope everyone is as fired up and raring to get out of the starting blocks as Usain Bolt.

Learning a language can be fun, liberating, and painful. When I work with teachers and teaching assistants, especially those who are wanting extra support and know-how when working with foreign kids, the Swahili lesson we do goes down a storm. They’re put in the position of learner, and they suddenly experience how a word they saw, heard and said only a moment ago can float out of their minds unobserved. What they can see they’re after is a way of revising and recycling language that holds attention.

Over the summer, amongst other things, I’ve been making little videos, and if you’d like to learn a bit of Swahili, and imagine joining in with these Swahili learners, please be my guest and play the video. It’s only a couple of minutes long, and you’ll hear Swahili from a native speaker. And I promise I won’t test you afterwards.

“Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats

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