Somali Language

Introduction to the Somali Language Course

Welcome to the Somali Language Course at the Kenya Institute of Foreign Languages and Professional Studies (KIFLAPS). Somali, an Afro-Asiatic language, is primarily spoken in Somalia, as well as in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti. Learning Somali opens doors to understanding the rich cultural heritage and contemporary life in these regions. Our course is meticulously structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), ensuring a comprehensive and standardized approach to language acquisition.

The Somali Language Course at KIFLAPS offers an immersive and systematic learning experience, taking you from beginner to advanced proficiency. This course is designed to provide students with not only linguistic skills but also cultural insights that are essential for effective communication. Whether you are learning Somali for personal, academic, or professional reasons, our program is tailored to meet your needs and help you achieve fluency and confidence in using the language.

Course Structure and Levels

Our Somali language program is divided into six levels, aligned with the CEFRL framework:

  • A1 (Beginner): Basic User
  • A2 (Elementary): Basic User
  • B1 (Intermediate): Independent User
  • B2 (Upper Intermediate): Independent User
  • C1 (Advanced): Proficient User
  • C2 (Proficiency): Proficient User

Each level builds on the previous one, ensuring a gradual and thorough understanding of the language. You will develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with a strong emphasis on practical communication and cultural context.

Learning Materials

We use a variety of learning materials to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Custom textbooks and materials tailored to each proficiency level.
  • Audio-visual aids to improve listening and comprehension skills.
  • Online resources for supplementary study and practice.

Course Duration

The duration of each level varies depending on your starting proficiency and learning pace. Typically, each level can be completed in 3-6 months with regular study and practice. Our study plans are flexible, allowing you to choose between regular, intensive, super-intensive, and accelerated options to fit your schedule and learning goals.


The Somali Language Course at KIFLAPS is designed to provide a thorough and engaging learning experience. Aligned with the CEFRL, this course will help you achieve proficiency in Somali and gain a deep understanding of the culture and context in which it is spoken. Whether you are a beginner or looking to advance your skills, our comprehensive program will guide you through each stage of language acquisition.

Join us at KIFLAPS and embark on a journey to mastering the Somali language, unlocking new opportunities for personal and professional growth.