Swahili is a Bantu language which is widely spoken in Eastern Africa, primarily in Tanzania and Kenya. Due the impressive linguistic diversity of the African continent, Swahili is actually not the native language of the many people who communicate in Swahili. Instead, Swahili acts as common language for people with different native tongues, or a lingua franca. Over many centuries, the geographical location of Swahili language speakers along the African coast created opportunities for the adoption of many foreign words and today these influences persist. Unlike many other African languages, there are a fair number of resources for native English speakers looking to learn Swahili.
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