Conversational Swahili for Beginners

Conversational Swahili for Beginners


  • Free

Instructor: Jessica Pekke


This class will be held in person at International House Davis every Thursday from 6pm-7pm. You will need an I-House Learning Pass to attend this group after the first free trial class. Please click here to purchase a Learning Pass.


    Jessica Pekke is a UC Davis alumna proficient in five East African languages, namely Kiswahili (commonly known as Swahili), Kikuyu, Luhya, Luganda, and Lugisu. Beyond her linguistic skills, Jessica enjoys traveling, cooking, camping, and watching shows with her family. She draws inspiration from Swahili sayings, with her favorites being "Better to stumble with the toe than the tongue,” “Hurry hurry has no blessing,” and “A heart deep in love has no patience.” Jessica is excited to share with the I-House community her knowledge of Swahili, a rich Bantu language, is influenced by loan words primarily from Persian, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, German, and English. 


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