Soldier and Officers from the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) have been taking Swahili lessons as they invest in learning more about the country where they currently live, work and train.
Swahili is a language spoken by 15.5 million people as a first or as a second language. Along with English, it is the official language of Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, and is the only African language of the African Union.
Speaking even basic Swahili helps the soldiers to break down barriers, engage with the community and chat to the over five hundred Kenyans who work for BATUK full time.
Swahili is said to be one of the easiest African languages to learn for a native English speaker. This is because there is no lexical tone and you read the words phonetically (as they are written).
BATUK aren’t the only ones taking Swahili lessons as it was made a compulsory subject in all Kenyan schools last year 2016.