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Introduction
Dana: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 1 - Self Introduction. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in Swahili.
Body
Dana: Here's the informal way to say “Hi, I'm Medina.” in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Habari, mimi ni Medina.
Dana: First is a word meaning “Hi.”
Medina: [Normal] Habari [Slow] Habari
Dana: Next is the word meaning “I.”
Medina: [Normal] mimi [Slow] mimi
Dana: Next is the verb “to be,” which we can translate as “am.”
Medina: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
Dana: Last is the person's first name “Medina.”
Medina: [Normal] Medina [Slow] Medina
Dana: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning “Hi, I'm Medina.”
Medina: [Slow] Habari, mimi ni Medina. [Normal] Habari, mimi ni Medina.
Dana: Ok, now let's see the formal way to say “Hello, my name is Medina.”
Medina: [Normal] Shikamoo. Jina langu ni Medina.
Dana: First is a polite word meaning “Good day.”
Medina: [Normal] Shikamoo [Slow] Shikamoo
Dana: Next is the word meaning “name.”
Medina: [Normal] Jina [Slow] Jina
Dana: Next is the word meaning “my.”
Medina: [Normal] langu [Slow] langu
Dana: Next is the verb “to be,” which here we can translate as “is.”
Medina: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
Dana: Last is the person's first name “Medina.”
Medina: [Normal] Medina [Slow] Medina
Dana: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning “Hello, my name is Medina.”
Medina: [Slow] Shikamoo. Jina langu ni Medina. [Normal] Shikamoo. Jina langu ni Medina.
Dana: Following is the way to say “Nice to meet you.”
Medina: [Normal] Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.
Dana: First is a word meaning “I am happy.”
Medina: [Normal] Ninafuraha [Slow] Ninafuraha
Dana: Next is the word meaning “to meet.”
Medina: [Normal] kukutana[Slow] kukutana
Dana: Next is the word meaning “with.”
Medina: [Normal] na [Slow] na
Dana: Last is the word meaning “you.”
Medina: [Normal] wewe [Slow] wewe
Dana: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning “Nice to meet you.”
Medina: [Slow] Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe. [Normal] Ninafuraha kukutana na wewe.
Dana: Finally is a way to say “Pleasure to know you.”
Medina: [Normal] Ninafuraha kukujua.
Dana: First, again, is the word meaning “I am happy.”
Medina: [Normal] ninafuraha [Slow] ninafuraha
Dana: Last is the word meaning “to know you.”
Medina: [Normal] kukujua [Slow] kukujua
Dana: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning “Pleasure to know you.”
Medina: [Slow] Ninafuraha kukujua. [Normal] Ninafuraha kukujua.
Cultural Insight
Dana: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands. Usually, the right hand is accompanied by a slight support by the left hand. If you're concerned about politeness, a slight bend forward while shaking the hand adds another sign of respect in the Kenyan business world. However, if you speak too formally, people will think you sound unnatural. In Kenya, simplicity is best!

Outro

Dana: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Medina: Tuonane!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Can you introduce yourself in Swahili?

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Thursday at 11:41 AM
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Jambo Qiana,

Ninafuraha kukujua. Nami jina langu ni Joshua. Continue enjoying the Swahili learning experience.

Joshua

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Qiana A.
Wednesday at 03:18 AM
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Shikamoo. Jina langu ni Qiana.

Qiana A.
Wednesday at 03:16 AM
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Habari, Mimi ni Qiana.