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Comprehensive but challenging for beginners
on 14 October 2010
As a linguist who already speaks 3 foreign languages, I have no problem learning the grammar. However, for someone who is new to languages or who is not familiar with grammatical terms, this will be a challenging book.
Whilst the nature of Swahili means that learning nouns by noun-class rather than subject-group is more appropriate, I would question the vocabulary chosen by the author. A lot of it sounds highly colonialised (Britisher; don't beat the servants; the crops are flourishing well) and is of little use to the modern-day traveller.
The quantity of vocabulary it asks you to learn is also immense, and is what will slow you down the most.
So a good and comprehensive book which, once completed, will have taught you Swahili very well, but I feel it will be hard-going for many and not as relevant as it could be.