How to read Swahili fast

Summary

You need only a pen or text editor. Write short words many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

Swahili has various noun classes. It is similar to grammatical gender. Noun classes influence other parts of speech.

It is hard to look up words. Learn basic words and various prefixes. And read sentences with Google Translate.

Writing training will improve your reading skills. Visualize structures and relationships. Write diagrams, captions, and descriptions. And write many sentences.

Contents
  • Typing and Speed Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Keyboard
  • Writing Training
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Other Languages
  • Typing and Speed Reading

    You need only a text editor. Change the window size and the font size.

    Or you can use a pen and paper.

    swahili 2letters
    swahili 3letters
    swahili 4letters

    Type short words like these images. Repeat form 2 letter word to 4 letter word. You don't have to type long words.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of typing. And you will type without internal speech.

    reading multiple lines

    Write a short sentence like this image. This is a training for reading multiple lines. You will read lines at once. Write other sentences with line breaks.

    Reading Comprehension

    You have to improve your reading comprehension. Read many books and websites. Write many sentences.

    Swahili has many noun classes. But it is not difficult to read. The structure of sentence is similar to English.

    Read Swahili Wikipedia. Read the first sentence of pages. Read many definitions.

    Increase your knowledge and vocabulary. Read and watch news.

    Writing training improves reading comprehension. Write many sentences.

    Keyboard

    You can type Swahili with English keyboard. Type many words, prefixes, and sentences.

    There are some digraphs, but no diacritical mark.

    Writing Training

    Writing training will improve your reading skills.

    Write many simple sentences. Write with your imagination.

    svo

    Imagine the structure of sentence, clause, and phrase.

    The basic word order is SVO.

    Subjects and objects can be omitted because verbs indicate their noun classes.

    relationship

    Imagine some situations and relations.

    Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    structure

    Use various images. Write various sentences.

    Pronunciation

    Swahili pronunciation is simple.

    Learn vowels and consonants with IPA symbols. Swahili has many consonants. Combine alphabets and IPA symbols.

    Imagine the structure of syllable. Learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation.

    Grammar

    Learn noun classes with simple sentences. Write and speak simple sentences.

    The structure of sentence is similar to English sentences. But you always have to think about nouns classes.

    Other Languages

    Swahili has many words from Arabic. They have different patterns of inflection.

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