The SWAHILI Language:
Swahili is spoken by 30 million people, chiefly in Tanzania, Kenya, Congo (Kinshasa), Burundi, and Uganda. Swahili also serves as a lingua franca for additional millions in East Africa, including Europeans, Arabs, and Indians as well as Africans. Swahili is also now the official language of Kenya and Tanzania and has the largest number of speakers of the Bantu group of languages. Although grammatically a Bantu tongue, Swahili has been greatly influenced by Arabic, from which it has borrowed many words. Swahili is a member of the Bantu group of African languages.