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SWAHILI • spring language workshops

Free PROMOTIONAL workshop

On Saturday, April 1st 2017, 11 am – 12.30 noon, a free PROMOTIONAL workshop is going to be held at the MAA (in Serbian language). The participants will have the opportunity to meet teachers, working method and learn first words in Swahili. The workshop is for adults. The number of participants in the workshop is limited and therefore it is necessary to send an application form with the following information:

- Name and surname
- Year of birth
- Phone number and e-mail address
- Why do you want to learn Swahili? (briefly, up to 100 words)
- How did you find out for Swahili workshop at the MAA?

The application form for the workshop should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until the March 29th (midnight), with the subject FOR SWAHILI WORKSHOP.

There is a Swahili proverb: MTU NI WATU, which means A PERSON IS PEOPLE.

By learning Swahili, different customs, temperaments and behaviours are better understood.

Swahili, or Kiswahili, belongs to the Bantu language family, a large family of languages spoken across a large area of sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the centuries, Swahili spread through the trade among different peoples and nations. In both Tanzania and Kenya, Swahili is a national language, however it is spoken by millions more across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa: in Uganda, Burundi, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.

Swahili is constantly being changed by its speakers who continually develop the language by including words borrowed from other languages. Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, Persian and, more recently, English are the most noted contributors. However, there are traces of Portuguese and German, not to mention the contributions made by local languages. In a way, Swahili is a reflection of all the connections that have, in a long historical period, been created among different peoples!

As a language, Swahili presents no serious difficulties for Serbian speakers: the language is more or less written as it is spoken and uses the same ‘continental’ vowel sound system found in Serbian. For those who are interested in learning this language for personal development, travelling or communication with business partners in Africa, Swahili is the right choice! Swahili-language workshops will enable participants to learn basic words and phrases in an engaging and interactive way.

The workshops will be guided by:

Amosi Rwangarya
He was born in Tanzania and he is presently a final year student in Economy at the University of Belgrade. Swahili is his mother tongue, but he also speaks good English, Serbian (of course), and the local language – Zanaki.

Galina Tudyk
Long-time simultaneous, consecutive and written English language translator. Galina graduated in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. She lived in Nairobi, Kenya, where she encountered Swahili and where she obtained the title of master of international relations at the United States International University.

For more information about the workshop contact Ivana Vojt, the MAA curator:

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

phone: 011/ 2651 654, 011/ 2651 269

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