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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 10 - Asking How Much Something Costs. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask how much something costs in Swahili.
Body
John: Here's an informal way to ask for the price of something, literally meaning "Are you selling?" in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Unauzaje?
John: First is a phrase meaning "you sell."
Medina: [Normal] unauza [Slow] unauza
John: Next is the questions marker
Medina: [Normal] je [Slow] je
John: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning "Are you selling?"
Medina: [Slow] Unauzaje? [Normal] Unauzaje?
John: Here's a neutral way to ask, "How much does this cost?"
Medina: [Normal] Hii ni pesa ngapi?
John: First is a word meaning "this."
Medina: [Normal] hii [Slow] hii
John: Next is the word meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
John: Next is the word meaning "money."
Medina: [Normal] pesa [Slow] pesa
John: Last is the word meaning "how much."
Medina: [Normal] ngapi [Slow] ngapi
John: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning "How much does this cost?"
Medina: [Slow] Hii ni pesa ngapi? [Normal] Hii ni pesa ngapi?
John: Here's a response meaning "OK, I'll take it."
Medina: [Normal] Sawa, nitaichukua.
John: First is a word meaning "ok."
Medina: [Normal] sawa [Slow] sawa
John: Last is the word meaning "I'll take it."
Medina: [Normal] nitaichukua [Slow] nitaichukua
John: Listen again to the response, "OK, I'll take it."
Medina: [Slow] Sawa, nitaichukua. [Normal] Sawa, nitaichukua.
John: Here's a response meaning, "No, thank you. It's too expensive."
Medina: [Normal] Hapana, asante. Ni ghali sana.
John: First is a word meaning "no."
Medina: [Normal] hapana [Slow] hapana
John: Next is the word meaning "thanks."
Medina: [Normal] asante [Slow] asante
John: Next is the word meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
John: Next is the word meaning "expensive."
Medina: [Normal] ghali [Slow] ghali
John: Last is the word meaning "very."
Medina: [Normal] sana [Slow] sana
John: Listen again to the response, "No, thank you. It's too expensive."
Medina: [Slow] Hapana, asante. Ni ghali sana. [Normal] Hapana, asante. Ni ghali sana.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: Credit and debit cards are not commonly used in Kenya, but you can double-check by asking the following question—naweza lipa kwa kadi ya kredit? meaning "Can I pay by credit card?"

Outro

John: 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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Let's practice asking prices here!

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Saturday at 05:33 PM
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Jambo Ershad,


Hongera "Welldone"!!! you are very much correct. Not even one single mistake. Continue enjoying the Swahili learning experience.


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Ershad
Tuesday at 09:41 PM
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- begi hii ni pesa ngapi?

- hii ni shilingi hamsini na tano.

- hapana, asante. Ni ghali sana.😳


- na viatu hivi ni pesa ngapi?

- hivi ni shilingi ishiri na tano.

- sawa, nitavichukua.😁👍


i hope they are correct!😄😄😄