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Kids singing a love song in Swahili

Swahili was a language that people spoke mainly in East Africa. Most people who lived in East Africa after about 900 AD spoke Swahili, although for some of them it was a second or third language instead of their first language. Swahili is a language based on Bantu, with a lot of words from Arabic and other languages brought into it by traders and other travelers. One famous bit of Swahili is the "hakuna matata" phrase from the Lion King movie.

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Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
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Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

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