Learning Kiswahili Through Stories & Dialogue


Learn Kiswahili and create your own story with a translator
Learning Kiswahili at Karakana


Highlights of Learning Kiswahili Through Stories & Dialogue :

  • Take home kitenge lined journal with Kiswahili phrases
  • One-on-one dialogue and translator
  • Opportunity to create your own Kiswahili story
  • Access to 'day room style' features such as wifi, bar, on site shop, printing and locked luggage area

Materials Used in the Language class at Karakana


Length of Time for this Experience: 1 hour

 Summary of Experience:

 Interested in getting closer to Kiswahili (the language used in Tanzania)? Sit with one of the coordinators to learn a few phrases through Swahili sayings, messages, proverbs and stories from the country. Phrases and greetings are compiled on recycled airplane leather and the coordinator will work with you directly to write your own Swahili message in a take-home journal.

What will we do?

 Meet your hosts for Learning Swahili Through Stories & Dialogue and begin by receiving traditional Tanzanian greetings written on recycled airplane leather. Learn about the part of Tanzania your host is from and work with your coordinator to practice the greetings with your hosts. Get a brief history about the origin of Swahili as well as learn different proverbs and Kanga messages found in Tanzania. Head to the “market stand” and garden at Karakana where you and your coordinator will learn phrases for buying in Tanzania, as well as names for locally found produce here. You will then be treated to a local story or “Hadithi” from one of our hosts who will then help you to write you own message in Kiswahili.

Kiswahili Language Cards at Karakana

Rate is $55 PP and Includes the following:

1.) Unlimited Variety of East African Coffee and Tea Selection + Soft Beverages (Water, Sparking Water, Soda, Local Juice)

2.) Wifi

3.) On Site Coordinator

4.) Locked Area for Luggage

5.) Printing Service Available

6.) 20 Minute Calling to US, Canada, UK and China 

7.) Gratuities and Tax 

8.) Child related/care available upon request

9.) Shower available if interested (located at main house next to Karakana)

10.) All day snacks

11.) Donation to Mtoko’s community support programs 

12) Continental or Swahili Meal 

This experience is offered from 7AM to 5PM daily. A 24 hour notice is required for bookings. For transport and alcohol add-ons please check rates here: Rates

Meet Osmund Lupindu, Your Experience Coordinator 
 At our day and evening tailor made stopover experience in Dar es Salaam

My name is OsmundLupindu and I am 34 years old and live in Dar es Salaam. I was born in Dar es Salaam. I became interested in expanding my knowledge of Kiswahili as a trained educator and saw the power that stories have in creating community. Through my life experience I became interested in becoming an activist transforming communities from negative perceptions toa  place of positivity. It is important to remove stigma because we can strengthen humanity with no human being seen as superior to another.

Each experience is jointly run by a Mtoko staff member and a coordinator. We seek wherever possible to provide coordinator trainings to people affected by stigma.

For every experience you book, someone in need is given the opportunity to connect. 

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