The official language is Swahili (Kiswahili), which is generally spoken, and various local languages abound. English is the second official language and the country’s commercial language as well as the main teaching language for all the scientific subjects in secondary schools and higher education institutions. Arabic is widely spoken in the coastal areas, particularly in Zanzibar.
Useful KiSwahili greetings:
Greeting (to locals)Ã¢â‚¬â€?Habari gani
Greeting (to foreigner)Ã¢â‚¬â€?Jambo, shikamuu HELLO
Reply to Greeting (group)Ã¢â‚¬â€?Hatujambo
Thank you (correct reply to greeting)Ã¢â‚¬â€?Marahaba
Goodbye / We’ll see youÃ¢â‚¬â€?Kwaheri / Tutaonana
You are welcome, come inÃ¢â‚¬â€?Karibu WELCOME
What has that got to do with anything related to Web Application Development, Design & Innovation in Cape Town? Everything!
As I have mentioned before, TED’s coming to Africa & Your Web AddiCT(s); want to be there. We have applied for a fellowship and are eagerly awaiting feedback. The lineup for TED Global 2007 has just been announced. Keep your fingers cross please & wish us luck 🙂