Things to know in hand:
Tanzania the main spoken language is Kiswahili. You may wonder how does it sound like or is it easy to learn?, those are common questions for anyone who wants to visit Tanzania will ask themselves. The answer of that is very simple, “Yes” you can learn and you already know some words such as Mambo or Jambo “Hi”, Simba “Lion”, Safari ” Journey or a trip”, Rafiki “Friend”, Hakuna Matata ” No problem” etc.
Origins of Swahili
Swahili may date back several thousand years, but it certainly developed into the language we hear today with the arrival of Arab and Persian traders on the East African coast (500 – 1000 AD).
Swahili is a word the Arabs used to describe “the coast” and only later did it come to apply to the distinctive East African coastal culture. In Swahili, the correct word to describe the language is Kiswahili and the people who speak Kiswahili as their mother tongue may call themselves Waswahilis.
Swahili is basically a mixture of Bantu and Arabic but you’ll notice there are English, German and Portuguese derived words as well.
Famous Song : "Jambo" "hakuna matata"
Famous Movie : Lion King -"hakuna matata Phrase"
Swahili time starts at 6 am, not midnight. So if a Tanzanian tells you the bus leaves at 1 in the morning, he probably means 7 am. If he says the train leaves at 3 in the morning that would mean 9 am. It’s wise to double check. Interestingly, Ethiopians use the same clock, but they don’t speak Swahili.
Short history of Tanzania
The United Republic of Tanzania was formed on 26 April 1964 as a result of the Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Julius Kambarage Nyerere became the first President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Sheikh Abeid Karume became the First Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania and the President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council. The late Rashidi Mfaume Kawawa became the second Vice President of Tanzania and leader of Government business in the National Assembly.
Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.
The fact about our National anthem
The Tanzanian national anthem is Mungu Ibariki Africa (God Bless Africa), composed by South African composer Enoch Sontonga in 1897. The tune was ANC’s official song and later became the National Anthem of South Africa. The song is also the national anthem Zambia. Swahili lyrics were set to this tune.