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Kumsomea mtoto wako kila siku kuna faida nyingi. Inaweza kuboresha ustadi wa lugha wa mtoto wako, kuongeza msamiati wake, na kukuza kupenda kusoma. Inaweza pia kusaidia kuboresha umakini na umakini wa mtoto wako, na inaweza kuwa na athari chanya kwenye mawazo na ubunifu wao. Zaidi ya hayo, kumsomea mtoto wako kunaweza kuwa njia nzuri ya nyinyi wawili kushikana na kutumia wakati mzuri pamoja.

Hapa Maktaba tunawahimiza wazazi kuwasomea watoto wao kila siku. Ifuatayo ni orodha ya sababu kuu za kuifanya kuwa tambiko:

1. Ustadi wa lugha ulioboreshwa: Kumsomea mtoto wako kunawaweka wazi kwa anuwai ya maneno na miundo ya lugha, ambayo inaweza kusaidia kuboresha ukuaji wao wa lugha na ustadi wa mawasiliano.
2. Kuongezeka kwa msamiati: Mtoto wako anapokusikiliza ukisoma, atajulishwa maneno na dhana mpya ambazo huenda hajakutana nazo katika maisha yake ya kila siku. Hii inaweza kusaidia kuongeza msamiati wao na kupanua uelewa wao wa ulimwengu.
3. Kupenda kusoma: Kumsomea mtoto wako kutoka umri mdogo kunaweza kusaidia kukuza upendo wa kudumu wa kusoma. Hii inaweza kuwa ya manufaa hasa katika enzi ya kidijitali, ambapo watoto wengi wana uwezekano mkubwa wa kutumia muda wao kwenye skrini kuliko kusoma vitabu.
4. Ukazaji bora na muda wa usikivu: Kumsomea mtoto wako kunaweza kusaidia kuboresha umakini na muda wa usikivu, kwani inawahitaji kusikiliza na kuzingatia kwa muda mrefu.
5. Mawazo na ubunifu ulioimarishwa: Mtoto wako anaposikiliza hadithi, ataweza kufikiria matukio na wahusika katika macho yao ya akili. Hii inaweza kusaidia kuchochea mawazo yao na ubunifu.
6. Muda wa kuunganishwa na ubora: Kumsomea mtoto wako kunaweza kuwa njia nzuri kwa ninyi wawili kutumia wakati mzuri pamoja. Inaweza kuwa shughuli ya kupumzika na ya kufurahisha ambayo inaweza kusaidia kuimarisha uhusiano wako na kuboresha uhusiano wako.
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Reading to your child every day has many benefits. It can improve your child's language skills, increase their vocabulary, and foster a love of reading. It can also help to improve your child's concentration and attention span, and can even have a positive effect on their imagination and creativity. Additionally, reading to your child can be a great way for the two of you to bond and spend quality time together. Here at Maktaba we encourage parents to read to their children daily.

Below is a list of the top reasons to make it a ritual:

  1. Improved language skills: Reading to your child exposes them to a wide range of words and language structures, which can help to improve their language development and communication skills.
  2. Increased vocabulary: As your child listens to you read, they will be introduced to new words and concepts that they may not have come across in their everyday life. This can help to increase their vocabulary and broaden their understanding of the world.
  3. Love of reading: Reading to your child from a young age can help to develop a lifelong love of reading. This can be especially beneficial in the digital age, where many children are more likely to spend their time on screens than with books.
  4. Better concentration and attention span: Reading to your child can help to improve their concentration and attention span, as it requires them to listen and focus for extended periods of time.
  5. Enhanced imagination and creativity: As your child listens to stories, they will be able to imagine the scenes and characters in their mind's eye. This can help to stimulate their imagination and creativity.
  6. Bonding and quality time: Reading to your child can be a great way for the two of you to spend quality time together. It can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity that can help to strengthen your bond and improve your relationship.
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Updated ~2mo ago
Thank you for donating 2 books
These books are on their way to new readers at Elimu Yetu Library. Follow their journey by viewing the book profiles on Maktaba.org:
  1. Start Something That Matters
  2. Hatuhitaji Maji: We Don't Need Water
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Thank you for your book donation
The Adventures of Naserian is on its way to new readers at Elimu Yetu Library. Follow its journey by viewing the book profile on Maktaba.org
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Neema Wants To Learn is on its way to new readers at Elimu Yetu Library. Follow its journey by viewing the book profile on Maktaba.org
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The Mystery of Capital is on its way to new readers at Elimu Yetu Library. Follow its journey by viewing the book profile on Maktaba.org
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Dreams from My Father is on its way to new readers at Elimu Yetu Library. Follow its journey by viewing the book profile on Maktaba.org
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Updated 3mo ago
Thank you for donating 6 books
These books are on their way to new readers at Elimu Yetu Library. Follow their journey by viewing the book profiles on Maktaba.org:
  1. Tunnel 29
  2. Mystery of the Tolling Bell
  3. Nancy Drew 24: the Clue in the Old Album
  4. Number the Stars
  5. Nancy Drew 27: the Secret of the Wooden Lady
  6. The Mystery on the Mississippi
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It was such an honor to meet with Books for Africa in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week and learn more about their incredible work delivering over 50 million books to every country in Africa! We are excited to partner with them next year to bring books to readers of all ages in Tanzania. We'll need your help. Look forward to updates on how you can start a book drive or fundraiser in your community.
Schools and organizations in Tanzania who need books are encouraged to get in touch regarding partnership.
Shule na mashirika yanayohitaji vitabu, tafadhali wasiliana nasi, tushirikiane. 
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Would you like to learn Kiswahili?  Join our new Swahili Language Learners Group today!
Download free books and post your questions in the forum to get answers from advanced students and native speakers.
Browse other reading groups ->   


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Updated 3mo ago
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Tunawakaribisha sana leo Saba Saba tusherehekee pamoja kwa mara ya kwanza SIKU YA KISWAHILI DUNIANI. Wazee, walimu na vijana tufundishane kuhusu historia na mustakabali wa lugha ya Kiswahili. Elimu Yetu kutakuwa mashindano, mafunzo, burudani na zaidi. Changia vitabu vya Kiswahili kwa maktaba yetu!
     -> Pakua vitabu vya Kiswahili Mtandaoni
     -> Vitabu kuhusu Tanzania
     -> Vitabu kuhusu Afrika
Leo Saba Saba tunasherehekea miaka 68 tangu Mwalimu Nyerere alipoanzisha chama cha TANU kupigania uhuru. Tanzania ilikuwaje mwaka 1954? Jisomee ->

We welcome everyone to celebrate the first ever WORLD SWAHILI DAY with us! Elders, mentors and youth at Elimu Yetu teach each other, and discuss the history and future of the Swahili language. Workshops, contests, entertainment and more. Please donate your Swahili books to our library!
     -> Teach yourself Swahili
     -> Download Swahili books online
     -> Find a Swahili Mentor
     -> Books about Tanzania
     -> Books about Africa
Today we celebrate 68 years since Julius Nyerere founded the Tanganyika African National Union to advocate for independence. What was Tanzania like in 1954? Read for yourself ->

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Asanteni kwa vijana, wazee, walimu na wanafunzi wote walioshiriki kwenye Maadhimisho ya Kwanza ya Siku ya Kiswahili Duniani yalioyofanyika katika Elimu Yetu, jijini Arusha. Tuendelee kuwasiliana! Jiunge nasi leo ->

Je ulijifunza nini Siku ya Kiswahili? Toeni maoni

Thank you to all the youth, elders, teachers and students who participated in celebrating the first ever World Swahili Day at Elimu Yetu in Arusha, Tanzania. Let's stay in touch! Join today ->

What did you learn on Swahili Day? Leave your comments below

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Karibuni wote! Rasilimali bure (Free Resources)

Vitabu (books): 
  1. Arduino Projects Book
  2. Intro to Arduino 

Youtube Playlists:
Programming kwa Kiswahili (Swahili Coding Lessons)
Arduino kwa Kiswahili (Arduino explainers and projects in Swahili)
Ewaste Recycling and Salvaging
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Updated 4mo ago
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kutembelea: to visit
Ninatembelea: I am visiting
unatembelea: You are visiting
tunatembelea: We are visiting
anatembelea: He/she is visiting
wanatembelea: They are visiting

kusafiri: to travel
ninasafiri: I am traveling
unasafiri: you are traveling
tunasafiri: we are traveling
anasafiri: He/she is traveling
wanasafiri: they are traveling

kuendesha: to drive
ninaendesha: i drive
unaendesha: you drive

  • Do you speak English?: unasema kiingereza?
  • Do you speak Swahili?: unasema Kiswahili?
  • Just a little bit: kidogo tu
  • How do you say... in Swahili?: unasemaje... kwa kiswahili
  • I don't understand: sielewi

  • Where is the...?: ni wapi...?
  • Airport: uwanja wa ndege
  • Bus station: stesheni ya basi
  • Bus stop: bas stendi
  • Taxi stand: stendi ya teksi
  • Train Station: stesheni ya treni
  • Bank: benki
  • Market: soko
  • Police station: kituo cha polisi
  • Post office: posta
  • Tourist Office: ofisi ya watali
  • Toilet/ bathroom: choo
  • What time is the... leaving?: inaondoka saa... ngapi?
  • Bus: basi
  • Minibus: matatu (Kenya); dalla dalla (Tanzania)
  • Plane: ndege
  • Train: treni/gari la moshi
  • Is there a bus going to...?: kuna basi ya...?
  • I'd like to buy a ticket: nataka kununua tikiti

  • Is it near: ni karibu?
  • Is it far: ni mbali?
  • There: huko
  • Over there: pale
  • Ticket: tikiti
  • Where are you going?: unakwenda wapi?
  • How much is the fare?: nauli ni kiasi gani?
  • Hotel: hoteli
  • Room: chumba
  • Reservation: akiba
  • Are there any vacancies for tonight?: mna nafasi leo usiko? (Kenya: iko nafasi leo usiku?)
  • No vacancies: hamna nafasi. (Kenya: hakuna nafasi)
  • How much is it per night?: ni bei gani kwa usiku?

Food and Drinks

  • I'd like: nataka
  • Food: chakula
  • Hot/cold: ya moto/baridi
  • Water: maji
  • Hot water: maji ya moto
  • Drinking water: maji ya kunywa
  • Soda: soda
  • Beer: bia
  • Milk: maziwa
  • Meat: nyama
  • Chicken: nyama kuku
  • Fish: sumaki
  • Beef: nyama ng'ombe
  • Fruit: matunda
  • Vegetables: mboga
Health

  • Where can I find a...?: naweza kupata... wapi?
  • Doctor: daktari/mganga
  • Hospital: hospitali
  • Medical center: matibabu
  • I'm sick: mimi ni mgonjwa
  • I need a doctor: nataka kuona daktari
  • It hurts here: naumwa hapa
  • Fever: homa
  • Malaria: melaria
  • Mosquito net: chandalua
  • Headache: umwa kichwa
  • Diarrhoea: harisha/endesha
  • Vomiting: tapika
  • Medicine: dawa
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There are various ways to say hello in Swahili
  1. Hujambo or jambo (how are you?) – Sijambo (seeJAmbo) (I am fine / no worries)
  2. Habari? (any news?) – nzuri (nZOOree) (fine)
  3. U hali gani? (oo HAlee GAnee) (how are you) – njema (fine)
  4. Shikamoo (a young person to an elder) – marahaba
  5. For casual interactions: mambo? Or Vipi? Or Sema?

  • Mambo (MAmbo) – What’s up?
  • Vipi? (VEEpee?) – how?
  • Sema? (SEma?) – speak?

Examples
  • Habari za asubuhi (good morning) – nzuri (fine)
  • Habari za mchana (good afternoon)
  • Habari za jioni (good evening)
  • Habari za kutwa? ( how has your day been?)

Other replies to the above greetings that might be used in place of nzuri:

  • njema (NJEma) – fine
  • salama (saLAAma) – peaceful / all’s well
  • sawa (SAwa) – okay
  • vyema (VYEma) – well
  • naendelea vyema (naendeLEa VYEma) – I am doing well


Asking ‘How Are You?’ in Swahili?


  • Hujambo (how are you? – to one person) – Sijambo (I am fine).
  • Hamjambo (how are you? – to two or more people) – Hatujambo (We are fine).
  • Habari? (literal translation is: news?) – nzuri (fine – to mean there is no bad news).
  • U hali gani (how are you – to one person) – nzuri (fine).
  • Mhali gani (how are you – to two or more people) – nzuri (fine).

Greeting with time of day


  • Habari za asubuhi (good morning) – nzuri (fine)
  • Habari za mchana (good afternoon)
  • Habari za jioni (good evening)
  • Habari za kutwa? ( how has your day been?)

Bidding Goodbye in Swahili

  • Kwaheri (kwaHEree) (Goodbye)
  • Tuonane kesho (too-o-NAne Kesho) (see you tomorrow) – Inshallah (eenSHAllah) ( God willing)
  • Uende salama (oo-E-nde saLAma) (go with peace) – Tuonane inshallah (we will see each other God willing).

Goodnight in Swahili

  • Usiku mwema (ooSEEkoo mWEma) (Goodnight) – Wa buraha (wa booRAha) (with tranquility)
  • lala salama (sleep well / peacefully) – nawe pia (Nawe PEE-a) (you too)
  • Ndoto njema (NDOto NJEma) (sweet/good dreams) – Za mafanikio (za mafaneeKEEo) (of prosperity/success)


Note: "Ya" is the "of" used to talk about a single thing in the I- noun class. "Za" is used for "of" when speaking of multiple things in that noun class.


Other useful phrases that will come in handy

  • Asante – "Thank you!"
  • Sawa – “OK”
  • Karibu “Welcome” or Karibuni Welcome (to more than one person)
  • Sana(Very) used as in Asante-sana– Thank you VERY much.
  • Pole “I am sorry for your misfortune.” This applies to everything from getting chalk dust on your clothes, to tripping, dropping an item or sneezing.
  • Pole pole “Slowly, slowly.” Everything is pole pole in Africa.
  • Chakula "FOOD!"
  • Ndiyo / Hapana “Yes” and “No” respectively.
  • Tafadhali "Please"
  • Jina lako nani? – “What is your name?”
  • Jina langu ni John – “My name is John”

Note: Wangu and Yangu and langu all mean "mine"
Maji yangu ( my water), Chai yangu (my tea),
Mtoto wangu (my child), Paka wangu (my cat), samaki wangu (my fish)

Also attached, some grammar notes about noun classes
Some say there are more than eighteen noun classes, but you can also just say there are five or six, but split into singular/plural forms.

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Some notes from: https://www.justoneafrica.org/swahili/

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To cook = Kupika
I cook = Ninapika
You cook = Unapika
He/she cooks = Anapika
We cook = Tunapika
They cook = Wanapika

Chef = mpishi

Chicken = Kuku
Fruit = Matunda
Oranges = Machungwa
Bananas = Ndizi
Meat = Nyama
Vegetables = Mboga
Carrot = Karoti

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Updated 7mo ago
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László Polgár is a Hungarian psychologist who believes that “genius is made not born.” He decided to test his theory by running an experiment to raise his three daughters to be geniuses. They didn’t go to school. When she was four years old, his eldest daughter discovered a chess board in the house, and László began to teach her. Within 6 months, she was winning against adults. After a year, she beat her father. All three daughters became chess prodigies, traveling to international championships. One was the best female chess player in the world and another took second place. Through László Polgár’s experiment we learn that all children have great potential if only we invest in them.

  • "It is very important that the child likes what they are doing; only then will it be possible to inspire a long period of fruitful labor."
  The fact that I did not send my daughters to school is, of course, connected to the fact that I hold an unfavorable opinion of it. I criticize contemporary schools because they do not educate for life, they equalize everyone to a very low level, and in addition, they do not tolerate the talented and those who diverge from the average.
  Let us take this step by step, and start with your first remark: schools do not educate for life. Is the old Latin saying “One learns not for the sake of school, but of life” pointless?
  Contemporary schools are separate from real life in that they function sort of as laboratories. There is no link with domestic or political or local public life or the everyday cares of living one’s life on the one hand, and school on the other.
  My daughters, who have never visited a school, grew up much more in the context of real life. Contemporary schools do not promote a love of learning. They do not inspire to great achievements; they raise neither autonomous people nor communally-oriented ones...
  The teacher cannot “tailor” the study material for most of the students’ individual needs. So, they cannot make each child work to their potential. Too often they must make the whole class mechanically repeat more or less identical tasks.”
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Updated 9mo ago
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Majambo ya binadamu yana kujaa na kupwa, Yakidakwa yamejaa huongoza ushindini; yakipuuzwa, safari yote ya maisha yao haiachi maji mafu, na hujaa madhilifu. Sisi sasa twaelea katika maji makuu; Twapaswa kuyatumia yangali yakitufaa, ama sivyo tutakosa yote. -Shakespeare, Juliasi Kaizari, Tafsiri ya J. K. Nyerere

There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. - Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
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Updated 11mo ago
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Ukidhibiti fikra za mtu, hakuna haja kudhibiti matendo yake. 
- Carter G. Woodson

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it."
- The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

Free e-book & audiobook available! Read this book now ->


Art from "O Negro Cipião" by Paul Cézanne, painted 1866-1868 (Public Domain) 
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Updated 12mo ago
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Thank you, Kelvin! The following books are now available for checkout at the Elimu Yetu Library in Arusha, Tanzania. 
Shukrani kwa Kelvin! Vitabu vifuatavyo vinapatikana sasa kwa kuazima kwenye Matkaba ya Elimu Yetu, Kijenge Tindigani. 


Download your Certificate of Recognition below! 
Pakua Cheti cha Kutambua Mchango chako chini. 

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Thank you Janeth! The following books are now available for checkout at the Elimu Yetu Library in Arusha, Tanzania. 
Shukrani kwa Janeth! Vitabu vifuatavyo vinapatikana sasa kwa kuazima kwenye Matkaba ya Elimu Yetu, Kijenge Tindigani. 

  • An Eye for an Eye
  • Buried Secrets

Download your Certificate of Recognition below! 
Pakua Cheti cha Kutambua Mchango chako chini. 


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Thank you Laurenth! The following books are now available for checkout at the Elimu Yetu Library in Arusha, Tanzania. 
Shukrani kwa Laurenth! Vitabu vifuatavyo vinapatikana sasa kwa kuazima kwenye Matkaba ya Elimu Yetu, Kijenge Tindigani. 

  • Conjugation of French Verbs
    Aspects of Education Management and School Administration 
    Sociology of Education 

Download your Certificate of Recognition below! 
Pakua Cheti cha Kutambua Mchango chako chini. 


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