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  • Swahili - Kiswahili - news/language resources

    One day, we may need some foreign language resources. It may also be that local news in the local languages carry important articles thay may never make it to English media.

    So, here are some resources:

    The Swahili - Kiswahili Language

    From Wikipedia:

    Swahili (called Kiswahili in the language itself) is the mother tongue of the Swahili people (Waswahili), who inhabit several large stretches of the Indian Ocean coastline from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique.[2] Although only 5-10 million people speak it as their native language[1], Swahili is a lingua franca of much of East Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a national or official language of four nations, and is the only African language among the official working languages of the African Union. Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo DRC, Somalia, Comoros Islands (including Mayotte), Mozambique.

    At the end of the Wikipedia article, there are a number of useful dictionary resources links.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swahili_language

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    Dictionaries - Word lists

    http://www.yale.edu/swahili/
    http://www.kamusiproject.org/
    http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-file...m2/sewangi.pdf
    http://africanlanguages.com/swahili/
    http://baheyeldin.com/linguistics/li...ic-origin.html
    http://www.websters-online-dictionar...ahili-english/
    http://www.websters-online-dictionar...ation/Swahili/[TYPE here the word you need translated]
    http://mwanasimba.online.fr/voc/cadre_vocenswa.htm
    http://mwanasimba.online.fr/voc/cadre_vocswaen.htm

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    A few words gathered here and there:

    abdomen pain------------maumivu ya tumbo
    bacteria germs-----------vimelea vya kundi la bakteria
    blood diarrhea------------kuhara damu
    blood--------------------damu
    bloody urine-------------damu katika mkojo
    bloody urine-------------damu kwenye mkojo
    disease-----------------ugonjwa
    head aching-------------kichwa kuuma
    headache---------------kuumwa kichwa
    health service-----------huduma za afya
    health------------------afya
    infectious germs---------vimelea vya uambukizo
    mama mjamzito----------pregnant woman
    severe abdomen pain-----maumivu makali ya eneo la tumbo
    virus--------------------virusi
    water--------------------maji

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    News - Media

    There's a site which lists all newspapers in Africa: http://www.kidon.com/media-link/africa.php

    Tanzania
    http://www.kidon.com/media-link/tz.php
    Most links lead to swahili news media

    Kenya
    http://www.kidon.com/media-link/ke.php
    Only one in swahili

    Uganda
    http://www.kidon.com/media-link/ke.php
    Three links in swahili

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    Re: Swahili - Kiswahili - news/language resources

    United Nations Radio in Kiswahili:

    http://www.un.org/radio/sw/

    It may be late on current news (latest today is dated 7 December 2007), however it may be updated more frequently if there were a pandemic (of whatever virus). For example, for the moment, it has only one story dated 14 September 2007 about Ebola in the DR of Congo.

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    • #3
      Re: Swahili - Kiswahili - news/language resources

      Search word:

      Swahili:
      avian influenza: mafua ya ndege

      and here is a leaflet describing avian influenza and usual recommendations about how to wash hands etc. (This one originates from a NGO in Switzerland)

      http://www.icmh.ch/WebPDF/avian%20flu/avian%20public%20Swahili%20-%2021-4-06%20logo.pdf

      And another leaflet about avian influenza, this one originates from the Chief Medical Officer in Wales (United Kingdom)
      http://new.wales.gov.uk/docrepos/403...wahili?lang=en

      And it looks like this very leaflet has also been translated in the following languages:

      Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Spanish, Chinese, Czech, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Polish, Russian, Somali, Swahili (above), Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese

      Faransa, Sorani, Langala, Reno - (I don't know what countries correspond to these languages).
      Last edited by FrenchieGirl; December 13th, 2007, 03:46 PM. Reason: added more resources

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      • #4
        Re: Swahili - Kiswahili - news/language resources

        Originally posted by FrenchieGirl View Post
        ...And another leaflet about avian influenza, this one originates from the Chief Medical Officer in Wales (United Kingdom)
        http://new.wales.gov.uk/docrepos/403...wahili?lang=en

        And it looks like this very leaflet has also been translated in the following languages:

        Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Spanish, Chinese, Czech, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Polish, Russian, Somali, Swahili (above), Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese

        Faransa, Sorani, Langala, Reno - (I don't know what countries correspond to these languages).
        Thank you FrenchieGirl!!! Very valuable. I went to the site http://new.wales.gov.uk/docrepos, but could not access leaflets in other languages. Do you have a link to the complete list? I was also hoping to read the leaflet in English to evaluate the content.
        Separate the wheat from the chaff

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        • #5
          Re: news/language resources - multilingual

          Hi Farmer,

          The English leaflet is here, it's your usual leaflet describing BF, not too badly done at that. By posting what I could find in other languages, for bird flu or other pandemic candidates, I was hoping to build a sort of information library for those countries which lack official information from their governments. Also, to facilitate their Internet search, whenever the need is felt, say, someone searching in Google "avian influenza urdu" or "bird flu punjabi", they would find whatever decent information I can collect on Flutrackers.

          So, English leaflet:
          http://new.wales.gov.uk/docrepos/403...eaflet?lang=en

          Other languages, I have posted some already on other threads/countries concerned. Don't know if I'll have time to compile them all this afternoon, or very soon, for that matter, as it does entail not just replacing the language in the url, but understanding one or two things; such as, since yesterday, I found that Lingala (not Langala) is an African language spoken in both Congos. Or, other example, that "kifaransa" actually means "French" in Swahili!!! And all that on top of my (regular) job... and not always on my computer and sometimes between two planes...

          Otherwise, just click on my handle, and find all my messages, the most recent ones contain the other languages links.

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