Chichewa Learning Materials

Chichewa is a Bantu language widely spoken in Malawi, while a very close dialect of Chichewa, called Chinyanja, is spoken in much of Zambia and parts of Mozambique. The following materials are available for downloading for the study of Chichewa. Note that many of these files are in PDF format, and require the Acrobat Reader to view and print.

Chichewa vocabulary list and sample sentences

The following materials were prepared by Andy Lyons during a 10-week introductory Chichewa class taught by Dr. Sam Mchombo. Please note some errors are known to exist in these notes.

Intensive Chichewa
(c) 1969 Likuni Press and Publishing House
P.O. Box 133, Lilongwe, Malawi.
Distributed for non-commercial purposes only

The following series of Chichewa lessons can be downloaded below either separately or in groups of five. If you have a good internet connection, you can also download the whole thing (4 Mb).

Manuals and Tapes Available from Michigan State University Center for African Studies

The following Chichewa language learning materials are available from MSU:

  1. Learning Chichewa: a Peace Corps language course. By Gregory John Orr and Carol Myers Scotton ; prepared by the African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 1980, Vols. 1 (Lessons 1-10) & II (Lessons 11-20)
  2. Learning Chichewa : teacher's manual. By Jan Behrs, Gregory John Orr and Carol Myers Scotton. Publisher East Lansing, Mich. : African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 1980, paper, 156 pp.
  3. In addition to the two paper volumes and teacher's manual, two accompanying language tapes are available.

The cost for each volume (Vol. I and Vol. II) is $35.00 each. The Teacher's manual is $13.00, and tapes are $7.50 each. Shipping and handling is $10.00. If you would like all the materials, please send a check or money order to Michigan State University for $108.00. If you only want certain items listed above, list the individual item that you would like, total the amount, and add $10.00 shipping/handling.

To confirm pricing and availability, please contact Lisa Fruge via or on (517) 353-1700. Send your order to:

Attention: Lisa Fruge
African Studies Center Publications
Michigan State University
100 International Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035

Please feel free to phone if you have questions. Once we receive your check or money order, we will ship the books the same day.


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