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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Learning Languages

Four African languages can be studied intensively at the Department of African Studies: Bambara/Manding and Hausa (West Africa), Northern Sotho (Southern Africa), and (Ki-)Swahili (East Africa). The language courses extend minimally over three or four semesters at four weekly hours each.


Introducing Hausa
(Video 4:12)

Introducing Swahili
(Video 5:39)


An official language in South Africa




Introducing Bambara
(Video 6:39)




Introducing Sotho
(Video 6:22)


Furthermore, alternating additional basic language courses and language structure courses are offered (1 to 3 semesters at 2 to 4 weekly hours), e.g. Twi/Akan, Ewe, Fula (West Africa), Afrikaans, Khoekhoe, Shona and Taa/ǃXoon (Southern Africa). Detailed information on language teaching at the seminar can be found here.