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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.

Oct 6, 2017

Scripture celebration 20 years in the making.

Written by Michelle H.

On August 23, hundreds of people gathered in the small village of Goima in central Tanzania to celebrate the official launch of the New Testament in the Burunge language.  Songs, dances and laughter filled the day as the Burunge people celebrated a task that had been 20 years in the making.

Jul 17, 2017

A sweet return among the Zinza.

Written by Tim G.

A return visit to a local village proved to be a real encouragement to the translation project as the Zinza community celebrated the premier showing of the Jesus Film in their own Zinza language.


image: Mbeya team records radio programmes in support of mother tongue Scripture

In Mbeya Cluster Project office, the Vernacular Media team had visitors. A local secular radio station offered to broadcast mother tongue Scripture to three million people, three times weekly. “I gave them sample programmes,” said one team member, “to see if they were serious.” The station manager called back within the hour, to change his offer...


Seven Mbeya languages work together to translate Romans.

In a “cluster project” of multiple languages, teams routinely help each other in many ways. But when fifteen translators on seven teams line up their desks to spend two weeks together in one room, it means something big is underway. They are joining forces to wrestle with Paul’s letter to the Romans. Inside the hall, it’s getting busy and loud...

Mar 15, 2017

Local ministers study Kabwa Scriptures with solar audio

Written by Jeff Robinson

image: Kabwa church leaders listen to Scripture

In the Kabwa language area, over forty church leaders came together for a special ministry workshop. After translators completed Scripture portions in Kabwa, the team made audio recordings, and loaded them on solar-powered audio players. Now those leaders were learning to use the players in mother-tongue Bible study...

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