Containing a comprehensive vocabulary for working Swahili, this dictionary includes approximately 14,000 headwords and a larger actual number of equivalents for everyday use. Special care has been taken to include words that are appropriate to life in East Africa so that this dictionary is extensive in its coverage but also concise and practical to use. A useful Swahili grammar and practical hints on pronunciation are also included at the beginning of the dictionary. This edition has been updated to include the most recent usage of the language and reflect the considerable political, educational and scientific change since the 1960s. Because of the "semantic explosion" that has taken place in Swahili since then, some words have acquired additional meanings and many English loanwords have been added to the Swahili-English section.
Table of Contents
A concise grammar; notes on the Swahili-English section; Swahili-English dictionary; notes on the English-Swahili section; English-Swahili dictionary.
Joan Russell is a retired lecturer in Linguistics and African Studies from the University of York. She has lived and travelled extensively in Tanzania and is the author of the bestselling Teach Yourself Swahili.