Why you should learn Luganda
If you are going to be in Uganda for a while, it is important that you understand the people, not just what they are saying but who they are and language is the key to that. Since Luganda is the most widely spoken local language/dialect, learning it opens you up to interaction with locals across the country.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” – Nelson Mandela.
Like any other language, it’s first and foremost advantage is connection and identifying with a people. So, if you are here for the long haul or just a few months of adventure or work, learning Luganda is a sure sign of interest in the people, especially in the Buganda region. You will find people being highly delighted and impressed by you learning their language. You will even be able to be part of this daily interaction of the people in their usual language environment which is certainly the best way to get to know people and make friends.