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Facebook Swahili version launched

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  1. Nyati

    Nyati JF-Expert Member

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    The social-networking website Facebook has launched in Swahili, targeting more than 110m speakers of the language.

    A group of Swahili scholars launched the new version with the permission of the California-based internet firm.

    Facebook use has spread over the past five years in East and Central Africa, where most Swahili-speakers live.

    Analysts say a Hausa version could be launched next in West Africa and Zulu for southern Africa. Facebook already exists in Afrikaans.

    Symon Wanda, one of the project's initiators, said they wanted to launch a Swahili version to safeguard the future of the language.

    "The youth, the future generation, if you look at the biggest percentage of users on Facebook, they are the youth," he told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

    "They can easily navigate through when it's maybe a language they understand, which makes it easier to use the Swahili than to use the English."

    The BBC's Ruth Nesoba, in Nairobi, says the Swahili site has already been on trial for some time and word has spread quickly.

    Facebook's Simon Wanda says they have been monitoring the take-up and says more than 60% of Facebook users in East Africa are already using the Swahili version.

    The bulk of Swahili-speakers live in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, parts of the Horn of Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands.
     
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    Facebook Swahili version launched
    BBC News Online

    Swahili is the second African language after Afrikaans to be on Facebook
    The social-networking website Facebook has launched in Swahili, targeting more than 110m speakers of the language.

    A group of Swahili scholars launched the new version with the permission of the California-based internet firm.

    Facebook use has spread over the past five years in East and Central Africa, where most Swahili-speakers live.

    Analysts say a Hausa version could be launched next in West Africa and Zulu for southern Africa. Facebook already exists in Afrikaans.

    Symon Wanda, one of the project's initiators, said they wanted to launch a Swahili version to safeguard the future of the language.

    "The youth, the future generation, if you look at the biggest percentage of users on Facebook, they are the youth," he told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

    "They can easily navigate through when it's maybe a language they understand, which makes it easier to use the Swahili than to use the English."

    The BBC's Ruth Nesoba, in Nairobi, says the Swahili site has already been on trial for some time and word has spread quickly.

    Facebook's Simon Wanda says they have been monitoring the take-up and says more than 60% of Facebook users in East Africa are already using the Swahili version.

    The bulk of Swahili-speakers live in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, parts of the Horn of Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands.

    Facebook already exists in some 50 language versions.

     
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    ZeMarcopolo JF-Expert Member

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    Mbona list yangu ya lugha haina kiswahili???
     
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    ZeMarcopolo JF-Expert Member

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    Sasa nimeipata, imejaa kiswahili cha kikenya ile mbaya. Status wanasema ni hadhi! I dont think status as used by facebook is hadhi bora tungesema hali.
     
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    The social-networking website Facebook has launched in Swahili, targeting more than 110m speakers of the language.

    A group of Swahili scholars launched the new version with the permission of the California-based internet firm.

    Facebook use has spread over the past five years in East and Central Africa, where most Swahili-speakers live.

    Analysts say a Hausa version could be launched next in West Africa and Zulu for southern Africa. Facebook already exists in Afrikaans.

    Symon Wanda, one of the project's initiators, said they wanted to launch a Swahili version to safeguard the future of the language.

    "The youth, the future generation, if you look at the biggest percentage of users on Facebook, they are the youth," he told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

    "They can easily navigate through when it's maybe a language they understand, which makes it easier to use the Swahili than to use the English."
    The BBC's Ruth Nesoba, in Nairobi, says the Swahili site has already been on trial for some time and word has spread quickly.

    Facebook's Simon Wanda says they have been monitoring the take-up and says more than 60% of Facebook users in East Africa are already using the Swahili version.

    The bulk of Swahili-speakers live in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, parts of the Horn of Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands.

    Facebook already exists in some 50 language versions.


    Source: BBC NEWS
     
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    Yah, naona mambo sasa yatakuwa shwaari.

    Really, I would love to use the swahili version, lakini ishu ni kiswahili cha kikenya.
    Nadhani wabongo inabidi tuamke sasa. Tanzania inazungumza sana kiswahili kuliko Kenya. Inakuaje kiswahili cha kenya kinatumika zaidi kuliko kiswahili halisi cha hapa kwetu?

    My God!
     
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    hawa jamaa wako veryfast kwenye fursa zozote znapojitokeza yaniawacheleweshi wala kuremba
     
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    mhh.....
     
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    embu ni try afu nione...:lol:
     
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    Baraza la kiswahili nikama kijiwe cha wahuni wanaoanzisha misemo kila siku! Angalia kiswahili cha kwenye simu,google,wikipidia nk. tenda zote wanapewa wakenya! Watu hawa wamekuwa na kiherehere cha kujifanya wao ndo waswahili wakati asilimia 100 ya watz niwaswahili na kenya ni asilimia ishirini tu!
     
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    Sis tumelalia fitina na rushwa tu
     
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    Inasaidia nini?
     
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