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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 13 - Who Is It? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask who it is in Swahili.
Body
John: Here's a way to ask "Who is it?" in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Ni nani?
John: First is a word meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] Ni [Slow] Ni
John: Last is the word meaning "who."
Medina: [Normal] nani [Slow] nani
John: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning "Who is it?"
Medina: [Slow] Ni nani? [Normal] Ni nani?
John: Here's a way to ask, "Who is that?"
Medina: [Normal] Yule ni nani?
John: First is a word meaning "that (person)."
Medina: [Normal] Yule [Slow] Yule
John: Next is the word meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
John: Last is the word meaning "who."
Medina: [Normal] nani [Slow] nani
John: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning "Who is that?"
Medina: [Slow] Yule ni nani? [Normal] Yule ni nani?
John: Here's a response meaning "It's me."
Medina: [Normal] Ni mimi.
John: First is a word literally meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] Ni [Slow] Ni
John: Last is the word meaning "me."
Medina: [Normal] mimi [Slow] mimi
John: Listen again to the response, "It's me."
Medina: [Slow] Ni mimi. [Normal] Ni mimi.
John: Here's a response meaning, "That is a friend of mine."
Medina: [Normal] Yule ni rafiki yangu.
John: First is a word meaning "that."
Medina: [Normal] yule [Slow] yule
John: Next is the word meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
John: Next is the word meaning "friend."
Medina: [Normal] rafiki [Slow] rafiki
John: Last is the word meaning "mine."
Medina: [Normal] yangu [Slow] yangu
John: Listen again to the response, "That is a friend of mine."
Medina: [Slow] Yule ni rafiki yangu. [Normal] Yule ni rafiki yangu.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: You can ask Ni nani? which means “Who is there?” when you get a knock on your door, and you want to know who it is.

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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