Swahili is the language most commonly spoken in Tanzania and neighboring countries. I have always made an effort to meet and greet in the language my host people speak. Whether in Italy, Greece or Tanzania it really pays off in regards to the total travel experience. There is something about the Swahili language that hooked me into learning more and more. Presently, my goal is be fluent in the next couple of years. It's a beautiful language that is both melodic and challenging.
Good bye-Kwa heri
Good night-Lala salama
There are many websites that are very helpful. I found many books and audio recordings available on
I have several blogs. My latest has samples of portraits. Many of them are students and their families. I've been a high school art and photography teacher for over twenty years and have shared many of my trips with students and adults. I've led trips to Manhattan, Boston, Quebec City-Canada, and Europe. There is a feeling in Tanzania that is unmatched by any of the other places I've explored. The people are wonderful and the location is both remote and thriving with wildlife. In fact, there is no other place on earth that can claim the diversity and sheer numbers of animals found in Tanzania. Over the years, photography has naturally developed into something that is more than a hobby. I am presently working on a photo book that will focus on the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the Swahili language. I've been working on learning Swahili for awhile now and will continue to do so for years to come.
While in Maine, I spend a great deal of time studying Bald Eagles. Check out my other blog featuring photography of these wonderful birds. baldeaglesofmaine.blogspot.com