Kiswahili is the most widely spoken African language in the world, with over 50 million speakers. It is used as a lingua franca or trade language by many people in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, southern Somalia and northern coastal Mozambique. A version of Kiswahili is spoken as a first language by several million people in the eastern part of D.R. Congo. Most people in Kenya today speak at least some Kiswahili, and throughout Tanzania it is fast replacing local tongues as the first language of the new generation of children. If you plan to live, work, or travel in any of these areas, some knowledge of Kiswahili will help you communicate the way you want to.
Our Language and Orientation School maintains a high reputation for its quality language and orientation program, and has helped to prepare hundreds of ministers, missionaries, aid workers, and students for life and work throughout Tanzania and East Africa. As part of the Lutheran Junior Seminary, an educational center owned and run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), the Language School provides endless opportunities for developing confidence and competence in Kiswahili in a welcoming community environment. We thank you for your interest in learning this beautiful language, and encourage you to explore our website and our school.