Kinyarwanda Course Level I

  • Categories Culture
  • Duration 18h
  • Total Enrolled 78
  • Last Update June 9, 2022

About Course

The fastest way to learn Kinyarwanda for the first time.


While taking this course you will quickly be familiar with the everyday vocabulary and expressions that native speakers use in conversation. You will learn useful phrases to communicate, talk about places, time, food, drinks, shopping in everyday life. The course consists of 4 main units:

Unit 1: Introduction, Pronunciations, and Useful Expressions
Unit 2: Transportation, Places, and Asking for Directions
Unit 3: Numbers, Days, and Telling the Time
Unit 4: Food, Drinks, and Shopping

This course is designed for Kinyarwanda language beginners. The entire course may take up to 18 hours to complete and each lesson is expected to take around one hour plus 6 hours total of practice and tests. The course includes audio materials which will help the learner to practice listening and speaking at the end of every unit. The course also includes cultural and travel tips which will help the student to better understand Rwanda and its people.

This course was prepared by Denyse Umuneza, a certified language instructor and translator in French, English, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili with many years of experience in language teaching and translating.

Are you interested in private coaching of this course? Go ahead and book your place today!


For course feedback, questions, or concerns, you can reach Denyse directly via:
Phone: +250788 508 414
Email: [email protected]

What Will I Learn?

  • Identify the alphabet and the sounds in Kinyarwanda
  • Use simple greetings/farewell expressions
  • Introduce himself/herself and others
  • Ask for directions and navigate to different places with minimum help
  • Use numbers, know the days of the week, and tell the time
  • Talk about food, drinks, and use some shopping expressions
  • Have a general understanding about the language and culture of Rwanda

Topics for this course

28 Lessons18h

Introduction, Pronunciations and Useful Expressions?

In this topic, you will learn the introduction, pronunciations and beginner phrases in Kinyarwanda.
General Introduction
Consonant Combinations
Sound Chart (Male)
Salutations and Greetings
Useful phrases00:30:00
Speaking Practice
Listening Practice
Listening Answers
Unit 1 Test

Transportation, Places and Directions?

In these lessons you will learn about transportation, places and asking for directions in Rwanda.

Numbers, Days and Time?

You will learn Kinyarwanda Numbers.

Food, Drinks and Shopping?

General food items have names in Kinyarwanda but other foods do not. You will not find all food represented on this list but these are the most common food items and drinks in Rwanda. Most of the foods are given in plural, later you will learn how to use singular and plural forms.

About the instructor

Denyse Umuneza is a Rwandan educator, translator, interpreter, and writer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Social Sciences from the University of Rwanda. Since 2010 she has worked in different sectors as an administrator, communication expert, early childhood educator, and literacy expert. She works in English, French, and Kinyarwanda and has worked with students from over 40 countries.
5.00 (6 ratings)

2 Courses

115 students

Student Feedback


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I enjoyed watching videos and seeing the instructor pronounce difficult words. I also liked that there are continuous updates in the course. A sound chart and listening exercises were my fav points. I recommend this course!

I liked the way the instructor took forward the course. Every Kinyarwanda word is pronounced clearly and with multiple repetitions which I found helpful as I struggled with few sounds like "c" which sounds more like "cha" ! I also liked that videos demonstrate vocabularies with clear patterns & pictures wherever necessary.

This course was great! Very intuitive and easy to use. The videos are helpful as well as the audio recordings that can be played to hear the word pronounced quickly or slowly. I would recommend this course strongly to beginners especially.

This has been a great learning experience.


Material Includes

  • Illustrative videos
  • Interactive texts
  • Pronunciation audios
  • Speaking practices
  • Reading practices
  • Listening practices
  • Mini e-booklet


  • A computer, a tablet or a mobile phone

Target Audience

  • Tourists
  • Expatriates
  • Diaspora
  • Friends of Rwanda
  • Language enthusiasts

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