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Swahili - English Dictionary


An on-line Kiswahili-English English-Kiswahili translation dictionary.

Kiswahili verb conjugator


This program automatically provides conjugations for a given word stem.

Number to Swahili Words Converter


This program converts a number (of less than 10 digits) to a Swahili word. So, '4' will give 'nne', which means 'four' in Swahili.

The Internet Living Swahili Dictionary (Kamusi)


The Internet Living Swahili Dictionary is a collaborative work by people all over the world. Together we are working to establish new dictionaries of the Swahili language - Kiswahili - both within Swahili and between Swahili and English.

CNTS - Language Technology Group


CNTS is a research center of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Antwerp (UA) in Antwerp, Belgium, engaged in research in computational linguistics and psycholinguistics. The CNTS - Language Technology Group has a strong tradition in the application of machine learning techniques for natural language processing. Recently, CNTS has also started investigating the applicability of unsupervised learning methods and knowledge transfer techniques for the annotation and linguistic description of African languages, particularly Kiswahili and the local languages of Kenya.

AfLaT users: 

Kiswahili Part-of-Speech Tagger - Demo

This demo showcases a broad coverage part-of-speech tagger for Kiswahili. It retrieves the morpho-syntactic categories for words in a sentence. This system uses the Memory-Based Tagger trained on the Helsinki Corpus of Swahili.

Type in the text you want to tag
Example: Hapo ni kwa nini Sahara halina maji na kwa nini simba na shungi.

[Tagging the text might take a while]


Guy De Pauw: CNTS - Language Technology Group, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, guy [dot] depauw [at] ua [dot] ac [dot] be
Gilles-Maurice de Schryver: African Languages and Cultures, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, gillesmaurice [dot] deschryver [at] ugent [dot] be
Peter Waiganjo Wagacha: School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, waiganjo [at] uonbi [dot] ac [dot] ke


Data-driven part-of-speech tagging of Kiswahili

Data-driven part-of-speech tagging of Kiswahili, De Pauw, Guy, de Schryver Gilles-Maurice, and Wagacha Peter W. , Proceedings of Text, Speech and Dialogue, 9th International Conference, Volume 4188/2006, Berlin, Germany, p.197-204, (2006)
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