Swahili is spoken throughout a wide swath of East and Central Africa. Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, with somewhere between 50 and 100 million speakers in East Africa and Central Africa, particularly in Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Kenya. Many people speak some version of Swahili as a first or second language in Oman, Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). The "Swahili Coast" -- where "standard" Swahili is generally agreed to have originated and where many argue you will today find the "pure" form of the language -- is an area that extends along the Indian Ocean from roughly central Tanzania to central Kenya, including the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba.
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
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