Swahili language

Swahili in Arabic script—memorial plate at the Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam (1927)
Although originally written with the Arabic script, Swahili is now written in a Latin alphabet introduced by Christian missionaries and colonial administrators. The text shown here is the Catholic version of the Lord's Prayer.
Swahili in Arabic script on the clothes of a girl in German East Africa (ca. early 1900s)
Loxodonta africana elephants frolic in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, 2012.

Bantu language and the native language of the Swahili people native primarily to Tanzania.

- Swahili language
Swahili in Arabic script—memorial plate at the Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam (1927)

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Bantu farmers near Kismayo

Somali Bantus

The Somali Bantus (also known as Jareer, Gosha, or Jareerweyne locally) are a Bantu origin ethnic minority group in Somalia who primarily reside in the southern part of the country, primarily near the Jubba and Shabelle rivers.

The Somali Bantus (also known as Jareer, Gosha, or Jareerweyne locally) are a Bantu origin ethnic minority group in Somalia who primarily reside in the southern part of the country, primarily near the Jubba and Shabelle rivers.

Bantu farmers near Kismayo
Map showing the ancestral roots of the Somali Bantu peoples
A Bantu servant woman in Mogadishu (1882–1883)
A Bantu man working in the fields
A Bantu refugee boy in Florida

The Somali Bantu are not to be confused with the members of Swahili society of Somalia in coastal centers, such as the Bajuni or the Bravanese, who speak dialects of the Swahili language but have a culture, tradition, and history separate of the Somali Bantu.

The approximate locations of the sixteen Guthrie Bantu zones, including the addition of a zone J around the Great Lakes. The Jarawan languages are spoken in Nigeria.

Guthrie classification of Bantu languages

The 250 or so "Narrow Bantu languages" are conventionally divided up into geographic zones first proposed by Malcolm Guthrie (1967–1971).

The 250 or so "Narrow Bantu languages" are conventionally divided up into geographic zones first proposed by Malcolm Guthrie (1967–1971).

The approximate locations of the sixteen Guthrie Bantu zones, including the addition of a zone J around the Great Lakes. The Jarawan languages are spoken in Nigeria.

G40: G41 Tikuu, G42a Amu, G42b Mvita, G42c Mrima, G42d Unguja, G43a Phemba, G43b Tumbatu, G43c Hadimu, G44a Ngazija, G44b Njuani, [G402 Makwe, G403 Mwani, G404 Sidi (India), G411 Socotra Swahili, G412 Mwiini]

Wikipedia in Arabic script of five languages

Arabic script

Writing system used for Arabic and several other languages of Asia and Africa.

Writing system used for Arabic and several other languages of Asia and Africa.

Wikipedia in Arabic script of five languages

Swahili, was originally written in Arabic alphabet, Swahili orthography is now based on the Latin alphabet that was introduced by Christian missionaries and colonial administrators

Bajuni people

Bantu ethnic group mainly residing on the Bajuni Islands and surrounding coastal areas between the port city of Kismayo and Mombasa area of Kenya and Somalia’s southern border.

Bantu ethnic group mainly residing on the Bajuni Islands and surrounding coastal areas between the port city of Kismayo and Mombasa area of Kenya and Somalia’s southern border.

They speak Kibajuni, a dialect of the Bantu Swahili language.

The approximate locations of the sixteen Guthrie Bantu zones, including the addition of a zone J around the Great Lakes. The Jarawan languages are spoken in Nigeria.

Sabaki languages

The Sabaki languages are the Bantu languages of the Swahili Coast, named for the Sabaki River.

The Sabaki languages are the Bantu languages of the Swahili Coast, named for the Sabaki River.

The approximate locations of the sixteen Guthrie Bantu zones, including the addition of a zone J around the Great Lakes. The Jarawan languages are spoken in Nigeria.

In addition to Swahili, Sabaki languages include Ilwana (Malakote) and Pokomo on the Tana River in Kenya, Mijikenda, spoken on the Kenyan coast; Comorian, in the Comoro Islands; and Mwani, spoken in northern Mozambique.

The approximate locations of the sixteen Guthrie Bantu zones, including the addition of a zone J around the Great Lakes. The Jarawan languages are spoken in Nigeria.

Northeast Bantu languages

The Northeast Bantu languages are a group of Bantu languages spoken in East Africa.

The Northeast Bantu languages are a group of Bantu languages spoken in East Africa.

The approximate locations of the sixteen Guthrie Bantu zones, including the addition of a zone J around the Great Lakes. The Jarawan languages are spoken in Nigeria.

Northeast Coast Bantu (G10-G40): Swahili (E70), etc.

Swahili in Arabic script—memorial plate at the Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam (1927)

Bajuni dialect

Swahili in Arabic script—memorial plate at the Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam (1927)

Bajuni (Kibajuni), also known as Tikulu (Tikuu), is a variety of Swahili spoken by the Bajuni people who inhabit the tiny Bajuni Islands and coastal Kenya, in addition to parts of southern Somalia, where they constitute a minority ethnic group.

Image of the Port of Dar es Salaam from the book Von Unseren Kolonien by Ottomar Beta in the year 1908

Dar es Salaam

Largest city and financial hub of Tanzania.

Largest city and financial hub of Tanzania.

Image of the Port of Dar es Salaam from the book Von Unseren Kolonien by Ottomar Beta in the year 1908
Dar es Salaam in the 1930s, with the Old Boma and St. Joseph's Cathedral prominently in view
PPF tower under construction.
Coco public beach during the daytime, on the western shores of the Indian Ocean
Msasani bay view from Masaki
The Askari Monument along Samora Avenue marks the exact centre of Dar es Salaam, in the Ilala district.
Kigamboni Bridge at night
The Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Kivukoni
Urban area
The Bank of Tanzania
The Tanzania Ports Authority headquarters
The new Magufuli Bus Terminal at Mbezi Luis.
The Dar Rapid Transit (DART) is a bus-based mass-transit system connecting the suburbs of Dar es Salaam to the central business district.
The Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam
The main gate of Nyumba ya Sanaa, with decorations by Tanzanian sculptor George Lilanga
A traditional African dance in Dar es Salaam
National Museum of Tanzania
Beach on the peninsula of Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam
Saint Joseph's Metropolitan Cathedral
Aerial view of the Tanzania National Main Stadium, with the Kurasini estuary in the background
The head office of Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd at Extelecom Building in Samora Avenue, east of Kisutu
The ship-like building of Airtel Tanzania headquarters in Dar es Salaam
Nkrumah Hall at the University of Dar es Salaam

In the 19th century, Mzizima (Swahili for "healthy town") was a coastal fishing village on the periphery of Indian Ocean trade routes.

A simplified procedure for determining whether two sounds represent the same or different phonemes

Phoneme

Unit of sound that can distinguish one word from another in a particular language.

Unit of sound that can distinguish one word from another in a particular language.

A simplified procedure for determining whether two sounds represent the same or different phonemes

, as in sing, occurs only at the end of a syllable, never at the beginning (in many other languages, such as Māori, Swahili, Tagalog, and Thai, can appear word-initially).

مدينة زنجبار الحجرية

Stone Town

مدينة زنجبار الحجرية
Stone Town panorama
Art Deco detail of the Cine Afrique in Stone Town
A sketch of stone town showing the old fort and palace from the year 1871 to the year 1875.
Effects of the British naval bombardment of the 1896 Anglo-Zanzibar War
Former house converted to People's Bank of Zanzibar after revolution
The House of Wonders, now hosting a museum on Swahili culture.
The old fort as seen from the House of Wonders.
Zanzibari cuisine is sold at the Forodhani gardens
Zanzibari "mabasi" waiting for passengers at the Bus Terminal
The Old Dispensary
Shangani Post Office
Traditional Zanzibar style door
Birth house of Freddie Mercury
The Anglican Cathedral of Zanzibar.
Old Fort
St. Joseph's Cathedral, Zanzibar
Traditional door
"Poste française". French post office with French flag in Stone Town, before 1900.

Stonetown of Zanzibar (مدينة زنجبار الحجرية), also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for "old town"), is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania.