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In Tanzania Wycliffe is presently working in 26 languages across the country. The personnel working in these programs are sharing their expertise and experience with local citizens. They are fluent in Swahili and are involved in training more Tanzanians for the task of Bible Translation.

Among the languages in which we are working, there is a language cluster project in the Mbeya-Iringa Regions and one in infancy in the Mara Region. Within a cluster project local citizens will need to be trained and coached in all aspects of a language program in order to involve and serve several languages simultaneously. Learn more in our Bantu language cluster section.

Explore the exciting work that is going on in our language projects:

  1. Temi

To learn more about the languages of Tanzania check out the People and Languages section. To learn more about the languages of Tanzania visit the Ethnologue.

Nov 23, 2020

We welcome God's Word with two hands!

Written by Steve Pence

The small church roared with celebration as the first Ndali language New Testaments were opened. Songs and speeches in Ndali thrilled the crowd. "We welcome the Scriptures with two hands," said a translator as he gestured a giant handshake. "It means a good welcome. This day will be remembered..."

Oct 23, 2020

Malila New Testament completed

Written by SIL Tanzania Communications

Ilembo Town, Tanzania -- The Malila culture and language thrive today in this community of 70,000 speakers. That vitality adds great hope and joy to the celebration, as the Malila welcome the New Testament in their own language... 

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Oct 19, 2020

Kinga celebrate their completed New Testament

Written by Steve Pence

"Now God's Word has a direct path to the hearts" of the Kinga language community of western Tanzania. The community of numerous Christian doctrines celebrated together publically, near a main local bus stand...

Mar 18, 2020

The best weapon of all is God's Word

Written by Steve Pence

Tanzania's Vwanji people welcome their New Testament! Before he was a Bishop, leading the celebration of this day, Nguvila worked for years as one of the translators. Today, he is surrounded by his former colleagues, fellow church and community leaders, hundreds of Vwanji people, and the Scriptures for which they have gathered to praise God...

Sep 26, 2019

Encore workshops for youth literacy

Written by SIL Tanzania Communications

Hundreds of Burunge and Rangi children, and even some of their parents, are learning to read their own language. Just months since SIL partnered with Compassion International to offer youth literacy workshops in those communities, four church-based programmes were once again filled with students eager to gain new language skills...

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