Monterey, California (Sep 2, 2011) -- The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center has released a new edition of the computer-based HeadStart language program in Swahili.

The Swahili HeadStart2 program, along with fourteen other languages: Chinese, Dari, French, German, Iraqi, Korean, Kurmanji, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Uzbek, Portuguese) is available for download.

Swahili is open to the public and can be downloaded from the Institute's website http://hs2.lingnet.org/swahili.html. Soon, the materials will also be available for download in the iPod version.

DLIFLC's HeadStart2 programs are learning tools which incorporate 750 of the most commonly needed phrases by troops on the ground. This 80-hour computer-based program uses human-to-avatar interaction, games, word scrambles, and other interactive exercises to draw the user into the learning program.

After completing the course, servicemembers should be able to hit the ground in a new country with enough survival language skills to communicate with the locals on familiar topics.

The DLIFLC is the Department of Defense's premier language instruction facility and trains an average of 3,000 military linguists each year in 24 different languages, making it the largest language institute in the world.

For more information, please call DLIFLC's media relations office at (831) 869-5835.

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