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ESL App Helps Swahili Speakers Learn English

Reading Around the World Literacy Initiative (RAWLI) is pleased to announce the launch of  Swahili to English Bubble Bath, an educational game to assist Swahili speaking children in learning English.

The app, a collaboration with Overpass Ltd. of the U.K., was developed by game designer, Eric Wroolie.  The app is available in both Apple and Android versions and available free of charge at both the iTunes store and on Google Play.

“We are excited to launch this educational app to a worldwide marketplace,” said Carissa Mallory, Founder of RAWLI. “This will help teach English language to the Swahili speaker in the digital age.”

The Bubble Bath of Knowledge is arranged into categories based on topics such as:

  • Numbers
  • Animals
  • Body Parts
  • Colors
  • Sizes
  • Travel
  • Time
  • Food
  • Useful Phrases
  • Weather

Each category contains common words and phrases and progresses in difficulty as students master the vocabulary.  In addition to helping students learn to read English, the app allows Swahili speakers to hear the English words spoken, which helps improve their pronunciation of the words.

Swahili to English Bubble Bath is currently being used by students at the Gerezani Primary School in Dar es Salaam.  RAWLI is seeking donations to purchase additional android and apple devices to deploy the app to more schools, and will also happily accept donations of laptops, tablets and smartphones in working condition.

Students Learning English with the Swahili to English Bubble Bath app