Swahili is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of eastern and southeastern Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Around 5 million people speak Swahili as a native language, and a further 135 million speak is as a second language.

The majority of people in Tanzania and Kenya speak Swahili as a second language, and most educated Kenyans are fluent in the language, as it is compulsory in schools, and also taught in universities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo Swahili is spoken in the five eastern provinces, and overall almost half of the population speak it. In Uganda Swahili is widely spoken among non-Baganda people, and is taught in schools.

Swahili includes quite a bit of vocabulary of Arabic origin as a result of contact with Arabic-speaking traders and inhabitants of the Swahili Coast – the coastal area of Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, and islands such as Zanzibar and Comoros. There are also words of German, Portuguese, English, Hindi and French origin in Swahili due to contact with traders, slavers and colonial officials.

The earliest known pieces of writing, in the Arabic script, in Swahili are letters dating from 1711, and the earliest known manuscript, a poetic epic entitled Utendi wa Tambuka (The History of Tambuka), dates from 1728. During the 19th century Swahili was used as the main language of administration by the European colonial powers in East Africa and under their influence the Latin alphabet was increasingly used to write it. The first Swahili newspaper, Habari ya Mwezi, was published by missionaries in 1895.


ProMosaik Trans offers translations from and into Swahili in the following fields:


  • Law and Contract Law
  • Patents
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Cultural Sciences



Swahili Proverbs:Afungaye kibwebwe si bure ana mchezo – She who ties a [broad strip of calico as a] waistbelt does not do so for nothing, she is [intent] on playing.

Meaning:  If somebody is getting involved with something, it is clear that that person thinks it is worthwhile. 


ProMosaik Trans Istanbul offers the following language combinations from and into Swahili:


English – Swahili


French – Swahili


German – Swahili


Spanish – Swahili


Italian – Swahili





ProMosaik Trans also offers editing, interpreting, proofreading, and transcription services in Swahili.



With ProMosaik interlanguage you can also study Swahili with us online!


Send your translation requests into or from Swahili, with the documents you need to be translated to info@promosaik.com