Chichewa Visual Dictionary

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About this app

[Note: on some phones such as Galaxy S6 and S6>, you have to enable Text-to-Speech to your device before the app can work. Please search on Youtube how to enable text-to-speech on Android device, or simply follow this link:]

Nyanja (chinyanja), also known as Chewa (Chichewa) after the largest tribe speaking it, is a Bantu language spoken in parts of Malawi, where it is an official national language along with English, and also in Zambia, Mozambique, where the language is known as Nyanja or Chinyanja, and Zimbabwe. Between 7 and 8 million people speak Chichewa.

This trilingual application (Chichewa - French- English) is probably the first of its kind in the world. It combines image, sound and writing, and facilitates learning the language from the most basic level.
This first version is composed of 12 chapters carefully organized, and other chapters will certainly follow thereafter.
We recommend you to patiently browse through the application while focusing on the three above-mentioned aspects, namely writing, pronunciation and images.
The application is split into three main parts:
- Learning mode: Here you can quietly learn the lessons.
- Quiz mode for assessing your understanding and
- Dictionary mode for a quick search of the terms included in the database.
The "Setting" option allows you to change the background of the application, or to choose the sequential mode. Sequential mode allows you to browse the terms exactly as they are in the database. This mode is particularly useful when learning numbers.
-In The dictionary mode, you can search for a word in English, French, or Chichewa language. You can also use the clafrica code to search using the General alphabet of African Language based on International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). You can find this code on
Tip 1: Stop the music before the beginning of learning mode.
Tip 2: If application crash, as is the case with some Samsung phone, please quit the application and re-open it
N.B. We intend tp develop this application for every minority language in the world. So if you are ready to contribute, please send us a mail.

If you like the project, please support us so we can easily develop future applications.
This application could not have been made without the help of Mr Lumbani Msiska from Malawi. Thanks a million sir.
Updated on
Apr 20, 2019

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