SWAHILI CLASSES

RISSEA SWAHILI LANGUAGE COURSES
The Research Institute of Swahili studies of Eastern Africa is an Institute of National Museums of Kenya now offers Swahili classes in Nairobi at the National Museums of Kenya Headquarters.
The Institute offers Four Modules :-
1. Swahili Language (Swahili Basic Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced)
2. Swahili Literature and Performance
3. Swahili History and Identity
4. Anthropology of the Swahili
Schedule for 2018
Class commences as per schedule Duration per Module

DATE DURATION
Monday 8th Jan to 2nd Friday Feb 4 weeks
Monday 5th Feb to 2nd Friday March 4 weeks
Monday 5th March to Friday 30th March 4 weeks
Monday 2nd April to Friday 27th April 4 weeks
Monday 30th April to Friday 25th May 4 weeks
Monday 28th May to Friday 22nd June 4 weeks
Monday 25th June to Friday 20th July 4 weeks
Monday 23rd July to Friday 17th Aug 4 weeks
Monday 20th Aug to Friday 14th Sept 4 weeks
Monday 17th Sept to Friday 12th Oct 4 weeks
Monday 15th Oct to Friday 9th Nov 4 weeks
Monday 12th Nov to Friday 7th Dec 4 weeks

Evening Schedule
Class commences as per schedule Duration per Module

DATE DURATION
Monday 8th Jan to 16th Friday Feb 6 weeks
Monday 19th Feb to 30th Friday March 6 weeks
Monday 2nd April to Friday 11th May 6 weeks
Monday 14th May to Friday 22nd June 6 weeks
Monday 25th June to Friday 3rd  August 6 weeks
Monday 5th August to Friday 14th Sept 6 weeks
Monday 17th Sept to Friday 26th Oct 6 weeks
Monday 29th Oct to Friday 30th Nov 6 weeks

Other Part Time Lessons
Private Lessons

Intensive One week Course Starts every Monday 9.00am
20 hours

Morning Afternoon
9.00 am to 11.00 am 2.00 pm to 4. 00 pm
11.00 am to 1.00 pm 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm

Total number of hours per month per Module 40 hours

Cost

Payment can be made in kenya shillings.

ITEM Amount in US Dollars
Tuition fees ,One module per month (4 weeks) 350
Intensive One week Course 20 hours 200
Private lessons per hour 10
Evening Lessons ( 6 weeks) 350

Registration is underway at the National Museums of Kenya.
For more information contact:
Tel: +254-722611533
Munira Mohammed: munira@museums.or.ke
www.rissea.or.ke
RISSEA Liaison office is at the Louis Leakey Memorial building next to Cultural Heritage department door number A14.


The Beginners’ Course
The Beginners’ Course comprises of basic knowledge of Swahili. Thus, our students are able to have basic conversations and perform everyday tasks, such as shopping, bargaining, socializing, making travel arrangements and other basic survival skills.The Beginners’ Course is tailored for regular students attending 2 hours a day, Monday to Friday. The course starts every calendar month and is of 4 weeks duration. Lessons start every morning at 09.00 am and end at 11.00 am in the morning.
The Intermediate Course
The Intermediate Course is building on the Beginners’ Course and working on students’ all-round language confidence. The aim of this course is to enable students to write essays, translate simple documents, reading newspapers and novels.The Intermediate Course is tailored for regular students attending 2 hours a day, Monday to Friday. The Intermediate Course starts every calendar month and is of 4 weeks duration. Lessons start every morning at 11.00 am and end at 1.00 pm in the afternoon.
The Advanced Course
The Advanced Course teaches students to express difficult concepts in Swahili and emphasizes on literature, poetry and translation of complex documents.The Advanced Course is tailored for regular students attending 2 hours a day, Monday to Friday. The Advanced Course starts every calendar month and is of 4 weeks duration. Lessons start every after noon at 02.00 pm and end at 04.00pm in the afternoon.
Full Immersion ‘Crash-Course’
Our Full Immersion ‘Crash-Course’ caters for students who wish to squeeze as many hours of tuition and knowledge absorption as possible within a limited time frame. The goal is for the student to be conversant in Swahili within 1 week. The Full Immersion ‘Crash-Course’ starts every monday, and is of 1 weeks duration. There is more emphasis on conversation and communication, and less emphasis on grammar for our students choosing the Full Immersion ‘Crash-Course’. Lessons start every morning at 09.00 am and end at 1.00 pm in the afternoon.
More lessons offered are:
• Private Lessons
• Semi-private Lessons
• Business Kiswahili
• Tailor made Programmes
Private Lessons
The Private Lessons, cater for learners who require a tailor made programme, with respect to the learners’ level of language proficiency, as well as flexibility as to time schedule and venue. As to the number of learners, this programme caters for 1, up to a maximum of 2 individuals.
Semi-private Lessons
The Semi-private Lessons cater for small groups of learners which similarly to Private Lessons, require a tailor made programme, with respect to the learners’ level of language proficiency, as well as flexibility as to time schedule. As to the number of learners, this programme caters for a minimum of 3 individuals.
BUSINESS SWAHILI
Course Description
This course is intended to offer business people an opportunity to transact in Kiswahili. Kiswahili is the language which joins the East African Community as such it is a language which is gaining wider usage day by day. The free movement of people from one state to another entails the use of a common language, in this case Kiswahili serves as a critical medium of communication among business people in their transactions in the East African region. Furthermore it is one of the fastest growing African languages underscoring the fact that it is one of African Union (AU) official languages and one of the five languages promoted by the AU affiliated African Academy of Languages (ACALAN); as such it is almost becoming an international language. It has gained popularity in Europe, Asia and America. Therefore Business Executives, Professionals, Government Employees, Multinational Employees from East African region, Africa and the world as a whole will greatly benefit from learning this course. The course will be conducted in Kiswahili. The appropriate Swahili business terminologies will be used. The course is divided into two sections: elementary course and lower intermediate. Each section takes a maximum of two weeks to be completed. At the end of each section there will be evaluation and all participants will be given certificates.

Registration is underway at the National Museums of Kenya.
For more information contact:
Tel: +254-722611533
Munira Mohammed: munira@museums.or.ke
www.museums.or.ke/rissea
RISSEA Liaison office is at the Louis Leakey Memorial building next to Cultural Heritage department door number A14.

 


Object on the Spotlight .. The Indian Rupee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Indian Rupee

  • Before the use of any form of currency, and before traders from other countries made their way to East Africa, local communities would trade goods for goods, otherwise known as barter trade.
  • This then gave way to the advent of the Indian Ocean Trade, with the Maria Theresa Thaler being the first recognized currency, between 1800 and 1850. This was followed briefly by the Pice, which never took root.
  • The Indian Rupee was the first currency to penetrate into the Kenyan interior and move as far up as British Ugandan territory.
  • When the building of the railway begun in 1896, the Indian rupee was used as legal tender to pay railway workers.
  • As a result of various trading activities between railway workers and the African population, the rupee gained rapid popularity in the interior.
  • Although an influx of Asian labour accompanied the construction of the railway, it was mainly as traders and business owners that the Asian community established themselves in the region.
  • This gave rise to popular terms such as duka and dukawallah, used to refer to shops and shop keepers respectively.
  • The Indian Rupee was replaced by the East African Rupee.

Interesting Facts

  • The word ‘Rupee’ is Sanskrit, meaning beautiful.
  • The Rupee was made the official currency of Kenya and Uganda in 1905.
  • Indian labourers received approximately 30 rupees a month while a Swahili porter received 10 rupees a month with rations of flour, rice, a little meat and some oil.
  • The rupee acquired different local names such as zirupia or chirupa in Luhya, rupia in Luo, iropiyani in Maasai, rubia in Kikuyu and ropyen or robia in Kalenjin.
  • The coins often had a hole in the center so that they could be strung together for ease of carrying in the days before wallets and purses

For more interesting facts about the history of money as well as its evolution in Kenya, visit the Numismatic Gallery, Nairobi National Museum.