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The Kamusi Project receives about 60,000 visitors a month to the website of the Internet Living Swahili Dictionary, who conduct about one million lookups each month. Users arrive from virtually every country in the world, including substantial numbers from Africa. In addition, many people visit the site once but use it often, by downloading our content for free for offline use. African usership is expected to increase rapidly during the next few years as internet access on the continent is improved and as the Kamusi Project rolls out new mobile access features and new dictionaries and terminologies for languages around the continent.

Visitors to the Kamusi Project in the past 24 hours

When the project began in 1994, it was conceived primarily as a tool for university students in the United States studying Swahili. While they remain an important audience (with notable traffic spikes around exam time), analysis of our discussion forums and anonymous user logs reveals that we now serve a much wider range of users:

University students studying Swahili (Europe, Americas, Australasia, non-Swahili Africa)
Learning vocabulary and grammatical structure, writing, reading literature
African students at US or European universities
Help with general studies and daily interactions
Students at African universities
Understanding coursework and texts in English
UN, World Bank, and other multilaterals
Official document and meeting translations
Non-governmental organizations
Providing field services, translating documents
Zoos, museums, botanical gardens
Interpretive displays, research, naming
Hospitals, health insurers, health agencies
Patient interaction, disease monitoring and prevention
Elementary and secondary schools in Africa
English learning and Swahili studies
Elementary and secondary schools out of Africa
Introducing global awareness
Software manufacturers
Localizing software for African markets
Computer and mobile phone producers
Building products for African markets
Law firms, police, justice agencies
Legal cases (prosecution and defense), prisoner communications
African government agencies
Communicating with the public
European and US government agencies
Social and emergency services for immigrants, diplomatic and security communication
Shipping companies
Cargo and packages going to, from, or through Africa
Multinational firms
Selling to, buying from, or investing in Africa
African firms
Contacting overseas markets, sourcing foreign supplies
Name seekers
Naming a business, boat, pet, child, etc.
Pen-pals and the lovelorn
Reading and writing letters
The curious
Come across Swahili in a film or reading
African office workers
Correspondence, using localized software
African readers and internet users
Reading Swahili and foreign books and websites
Journalists (print, radio, TV, bloggers)
Interviews, transcriptions, source documents
Technical terms and nuance
Linguistics, literature, field research
The regulars
Bilinguals or Swahili speakers who habitually look up words


Kamusi GOLD

These are the languages for which we have datasets that we are actively working toward putting online. Languages that are Active for you to search are marked with "A" in the list below.


•A = Active language, aligned and searchable
•c = Data 🔢 elicited through the Comparative African Word List
•d = Data from independent sources that Kamusi participants align playing 🐥📊 DUCKS
•e = Data from the 🎮 games you can play on 😂🌎🤖 EmojiWorldBot
•P = Pending language, data in queue for alignment
•w = Data from 🔠🕸 WordNet teams

Software and Systems

We are actively creating new software for you to make use of and contribute to the 🎓 knowledge we are bringing together. Learn about software that is ready for you to download or in development, and the unique data systems we are putting in place for advanced language learning and technology:

Articles and Information

Kamusi has many elements. With these articles, you can read the details that interest you:

Videos and Slideshows

Some of what you need to know about Kamusi can best be understood visually. Our 📽 videos are not professional, but we hope you find them useful:


Our partners - past, present, and future - include:

Hack Kamusi

Here are some of the work elements on our task list that you can help do or fund:

Theory of Kamusi

Select a link below to learn about the principles that guide the project's unique approach to lexicography and public service.

Contact Us

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The Kamusi Project dictionaries and the Kamusi Project databases are intellectual property protected by international copyright law, ©2007 through ©2018, under the joint ownership of Kamusi Project International and Kamusi Project USA. Further explanation may be found on our © Copyright page.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.


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Our biggest struggle is keeping Kamusi online and keeping it free. We cannot charge money for our services because that would block access to the very people we most want to benefit, the students and speakers of languages around the world that are almost always excluded from information technology. So, we ask, request, beseech, beg you, to please support our work by donating as generously as you can to help build and maintain this unique public resource.


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to general questions you might have about Kamusi services.

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Press Coverage

Kamusi in the news: Reports by journalists and bloggers about our work in newspapers, television, radio, and online.

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Who Do You Know?

To keep Kamusi growing as a "free" knowledge resource for the world's languages, we need major contributions from philanthropists and organizations. Do you have any connections with a generous person, corporation, foundation, or family office that might wish to make a long term impact on educational outcomes and economic opportunity for speakers of excluded languages around the world? If you can help us reach out to a potential 💛😇 GOLD Angel, please contact us!