Chichewa Learning Materials

Chichewa Language Course for Newcomers to Malawi - 3rd Edition (2011)

Author: Celia Swann and Max Sato

Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 156
Availability: Online and at main bookshops in Malawi.
Formats: Spiral Bound

Helpful beginners course with useful examples of everyday situations.

Chichewa Guide for Tourists
Revised Edition (1990)

Author: M V B Mangoche

Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 64
Availability: Online and at main bookshops in Malawi.
Formats: Paperback

Short guide with useful phrases and vocabulary lists.

The Syntax of Chichewa

Author: Sam Mchombo

Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 166
Availability: Online
Formats: Hardback and Amazon Kindle

More suited for the intermediate or advanced speaker. A joy for the linguistically minded.


Learning Chichewa: a Peace Corps Language Course

Author: Carol Myers Scotton and Gregory John Orr
Institution: Michigan State University, African Studies Center

Publication Date: 1980

Peace Corps Language Handbook Series:

Learning Chichewa Book I (Lessons 1-10), 552 pages.
Learning Chichewa Book II (Lessons 11-20), 538 pages
Learning Chichewa: Teacher's Manual, 162 pages

Two accompanying language tapes are available

Availability: Order from Michigan State University Center for African Studies


Likuni Press and Publishing House, Lilongwe, Malawi

Publishing Date : 1969

Reprinted: 1978 (Teresianum Press, Lusaka, Zambia)
Second Edition 1987 (Teresianum Press, Lusaka, Zambia)

Availability: The course is available for free download from the University of California, Berkeley Website.

The course is now hosted at:

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