Learn Swahili via Skype
There is more than just Spanish, French and English
There are so many interesting languages in the world for people to learn. Many people immediately go for the European classics such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and even Portuguese because they are fascinated with the European cultures. In fact, these languages are some of the most common choices for language lovers. On the other hand, Asian languages such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese have become more popular as well. However, there is a very useful language that is highly appreciated especially in many parts of Africa, and it is Swahili. Swahili is particularly important for people living near the Mozambique Channel and for some minority groups in Somalia. The language is the official language in five countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, the Comoros and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Why Swahili is so exciting
As a student, traveler or serious linguist, it would be very helpful to add Swahili to your arsenal. There are so many ways to learn the language, and it could be either through self-study, translation books, classes, private tutors or even online tutors via Skype. For most, hiring online tutors is the most flexible option. Many language tutorial companies have utilized the technologies needed for online-learning, and this caters particularly well for people who are looking for an affordable and practical option to learn the language. These students can use Skype to communicate with a native Swahili speaker and learn the language through the interactions. This is a great idea because it is beneficial to you and the people teaching you the language.
How to learn Swahili
Learning in a Fair Trade language school paves the way for many developing countries to have their people earn an additional income. In the case of Swahili from Kenya, the native speakers are also knowledgeable on the English language, which makes it easier for both parties to communicate with each other. More and more companies have begun these days to hire instructors online and provide an array of classes for potential students who are interested in picking up a new language. Yet, the majority of them is not committed to the Fair Trade idea. Fair Trade companies aim to offer the students the most effective way to enhance their language adaptations through the help of native speakers and help teachers earn additional income at the same time.
Dr. Tobias Lorenz holds a PhD in economics from the University of Witten/ Herdecke (Germany). He currently lives in Santiago de Chile invited be the StartUp Chile program. He founded Glovico, a Fair Trade language school, where people from developing countries teach their mother tongues via Skype.