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This site contains digitized versions of the audio tapes that accompany the textbook Kiswahili Kwa Kitendo: An Introductory-Intermediate Course by Professor Sharifa M. Zawawi. A workbook entitled Jifunze Kiswahili Chetu, Vol. 2: Learn Our Kiswahili accompanies the introductory textbook chapter by chapter. Both the textbook and workbook are published by Africa World Press, Inc. They may be purchased online directly from the press or thorough numerous other vendors of academic books.
This online version of the tapes is provided with permission of Sharifa M. Zawawi. Additional materials have also been recorded by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages and provided here with permission from Professor Zawawi. The material is copyrighted and may be used only in accordance with "fair use" copyright guidelines for educational materials. Funding for digitizing the original audio, recording new materials, and making the materials available online was provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for expanding offerings in African languages.
The audio material is organized by lesson number. The audio section for each lesson begins with the material from the original tapes. The original tapes correspond most closely to the first edition of the textbook published in 1988. The original audio is followed by newly recorded materials which correspond to the second edition of the textbook published in 2001.
Each audio segment is provided with three different playback options. MP3 files may be played with many different audio software programs including Winamp, QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player, and RealPlayer. The RealMedia link requires RealPlayer, the most recent version of which is called RealOne.
Links to Audio Materials by Lesson Number
The web interface for "Online Audio for Kiswahili Kwa Kitendo" was created by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Educational institutions who wish to obtain a local institutional copy of the web interface and the audio files should contact the Center for more information.
Copyright for Kiswahili Kwa Kitendo is held by Sharifa Zawawi. The text is published by Africa World Press, Inc. The original audio tapes for the 1988 edition were prepared by Sharifa Zawawi. The web interface, digitized tapes and the supplementary recordings for the 2001 edition were prepared by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for expanding access to materials for the study of African languages.