created by Brenda Wawire with John Muchira, Peter Ojiambo, and Purity Wawire. Illustrations by Maurice Wegulo


Hujambo! provides a complete curriculum for introductory Kiswahili that chronicles the adventures of two American students studying abroad in Tanzania for an academic year.  It is designed for an introductory Kiswahili course at the college level with approximately 150 contact hours of instruction (5 hours a week for two 15-week semesters, or 5 hours a week for three 10-week quarters).  It provides a foundational understanding of Kiswahili and the cultures of those who share it as a common language.  Students will acquire the basics of Kiswahili grammar and build a core vocabulary of approximately 1,000 words, including the most common words for everyday interactions and the individual vocabulary they need to speak about their own academic and personal lives.

These materials were developed under grant P229A180008 from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

College and university bookstores wishing to order printed copies of Hujambo! are asked to contact Rachel Barnes, Print Production Manager at Jayhawk Ink at either (785) 864-6348 or If requested, one free instructor copy will be provided for each confirmed order of 12 books. Additional instructor copies may be purchased or printed out using the pdf files provided above.