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INTRODUCTION
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! Kenya is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be teaching you a simple phrase that is bound to come in handy throughout your trip to Kenya. I can’t stress this enough: A little bit of language can go a long way!
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In Swahili, “Thank you” is
Asante.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) A - sa - n - te.
Once more:
Asante.
The word asante literally means “thanks”
(slow) A - sa - n - te
Asante
This will be:
(slow) A - sa - n - te.
Asante.
You can emphasize Asante by adding sana, which means literally “a lot” or “so much.”
(slow) sa - na
sana
That makes Asante sana, which would be equivalent to “Thank you so much,” a politer expression than just Asante.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) A - sa - n - te sa - na
Once more:
Asante sana.
There will be occasions when you will really want to show your appreciation and politeness. On these occasions, you should use the expression shukran. In daily life, however, people use ‘shukrani’.
So “Thanks” in Swahili is
Shukrani.
And “Many thanks” is
shukrani sana.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) shu - kra - ni sa - na.
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Once more:
shukrani sana.
The first word is shukrani, which means something like “thanks.”
(slow) shu - kra - ni
The second word, sana (“a lot”), is used to make the phrase more polite.
All together, it’s
(slow) shu - kra - ni sa - na.

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SwahiliPod101.com
Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone! Have you ever been in Kenya? If not, where would you like to go?

Monday at 12:33 pm
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Jambo Natalia,

Asante sana “karibu sana” . Continue enjoying the swahili learning presence.

Joshua
Team SwahiliPod101.com

Monday at 12:21 pm
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Jambo Guilhot,

Yes Guilhot, now you know two of them, “Kushukuru” and “asante”.

Joshua
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Monday at 12:19 pm
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Jambo Guilhot,
You have chosen great destinations. Pata raha mwenyewe.

Joshua
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Monday at 12:12 pm
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Jambo Guilhot,
You are right you may still use “shukrani” its a synonym to “asante”. Both words are used in Kenya and Tanzania. Continue enjoying the swahili learning experience.
Shukrani

Joshua
Team SwahiliPod101.com

Natalia
Friday at 4:08 pm
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Asante sana😄

Monday at 12:31 pm
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Hi imran mohamud,

Thank you for studying with us.
I am glad to hear that you found our lessons fun. I hope you like the rest of our series.

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Lena
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imran mohamud
Sunday at 8:38 pm
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this is a special lesson to say thank you for the people or for every one helped you for what you want
this is amazing lesson, really i enjoy it, thanks alot for swahilipod101
shukrani sana

guilhot
Friday at 12:10 am
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Ok I know kushukuru ……. ==> shukrani

guilhot
Friday at 12:07 am
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Mimi nitaenda Selous na Ruaha Tanzania, alafu Zanzibar.

guilhot
Friday at 12:05 am
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sikujui “shukrani”; Tanzania pia ?
Asante sana