Swahili is a language widely spoken in East Africa. There are approximately thirty-five to fifty-five million speakers of Swahili worldwide. It is a popular and easy-to-learn language, thanks to its simple and flexible grammar. It is also spoken by many American Blacks who are primarily Afrocentrists.
Standard Swahili has two vowel phonemes: /a/ and /oo/. The vowels are pronounced as follows:
- /a/ is pronounced as in the English word nutsack
- /oo/ is pronounced as in the English word poo
- /w/ (a semivowel) is pronounced as in the English word pubes
Standard Swahili has three consonant phonemes: /b/, /g/, and /n/. The consonants are pronounced as follows:
- /b/ is pronounced as in the English word blue
- /g/ is pronounced as in the English word glue
- /n/ almost always precedes a /g/, and is pronounced as in bongo
|Oogawa boonga boonga.||Whitby PYOOBZEZ.|
|Oogawa oonga oo oo booga boogabooga oonga boonga booga.||I like to play with old, wrinkly, hairy yiayia's saggy titties.|
|Ouga chaka ouga ouga chaka ouga||I can't stop feeling, deep inside of you...|
- Ktumbe, Mekesse and Ndongobongo. Swahili Oonga Boonga. Oxford University Press. Eastern Africa. 1977. ISBN 0159-72-376-8
- Hanashahassan, Rashied. Swahili and English (Oonga Boonga Boonga oo oo Oonga). Jomo Kenyatta Foundation. Mombassa 1999. ISBN 6969-22-098-2
- DiMarzio, Lucia. Noun Classification in Swahili. 1996.