Kiswahili is the most spoken African language with more than 100 million speakers, and is one that is widely spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, Somallia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. It is the language of business and personal relationships across different cultures on the continent.
Duolingo, a technology based platform that provides free language education, recently announced the addition of Swahili to its list of globally spoken languages. In an interview with Design Indaba, Duolingo?s CEO, Luis von Ahn highlighted the importance of the language in today?s world. ?In 1992, Swahili became a required subject in primary schools in Uganda, and it?s also a distinct academic discipline in many public and private universities. This means that Swahili will remain a key language for the next generation of leaders, as well as consumers.?
According to von Ahn, this offering is the most widespread access for free Swahili language education that has ever existed. Next on the list is Zulu, one of South Africa?s official languages, also spoken in countries like Lesotho, Mozambique and parts of Zimbabwe.
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