Swahili Grammar and Vocabulary
Author: Mrs. F. Burt
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Publication date: 1910
Number of pages: 261
Format / Quality: pdf
Size: 10,5 MB

This little work is an attempt to adapt the Berlitz method of learning modern European languages to the needs of the student of Swahili; its aim is to enable the learner to acquire a working knowledge of the language without laborious research or great feats of memory. Grammatical rules occupy a subordinate place: they are introduced incidentally and are not to be regarded as a separate subject of study: the ear, rather than the eye, is the organ to be pressed into the service. Words are arranged in subject-groups in order that, by the natural association of ideas, the student may help himself to learn Swahili much as a child picks up its mother tongue. The exercises should, if possible, be reiterated and amplified with the aid of a native teacher, until the ear is thoroughly accustomed to the sounds and the mind trained to follow the constructions. This method, if carefully pursued, should soon lead to technical accuracy.

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