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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 14 - When Are You Leaving? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask when someone is leaving in Swahili.
Body
John: Here's a way to ask "When are you leaving?" in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Unaondoka lini?
John: First is a phrase meaning "you leave."
Medina: [Normal] unaondoka [Slow] unaondoka
John: Last is the word meaning "when."
Medina: [Normal] lini [Slow] lini
John: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning "When are you leaving?"
Medina: [Slow] Unaondoka lini? [Normal] Unaondoka lini?
John: Here's a way to ask, "When are you travelling?"
Medina: [Normal] Utasafiri lini?
John: First is a word literally meaning "you will travel."
Medina: [Normal] utasafiri [Slow] utasafiri
John: Last is the word meaning "when."
Medina: [Normal] lini [Slow] lini
John: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning "When are you travelling?"
Medina: [Slow] Utasafiri lini? [Normal] Utasafiri lini?
John: Here's a response meaning "I leave in two hours."
Medina: [Normal] Nitaondoka kwa karibu masaa mbili.
John: First is a word literally meaning "I would leave."
Medina: [Normal] nitaondoka [Slow] nitaondoka
John: Next is the word meaning "by."
Medina: [Normal] kwa [Slow] kwa
John: Next is the word meaning "about."
Medina: [Normal] karibu [Slow] karibu
John: Next is the word meaning "hours."
Medina: [Normal] masaa [Slow] masaa
John: Last is the word meaning "two."
Medina: [Normal] mbili [Slow] mbili
John: Listen again to the response, "I leave in two hours."
Medina: [Slow] Nitaondoka kwa karibu masaa mbili. [Normal] Nitaondoka kwa karibu masaa mbili.
John: Here's a response meaning, "I leave next week."
Medina: [Normal] Nitaondoka wiki kesho.
John: First is a word meaning "I would leave."
Medina: [Normal] nitaondoka [Slow] nitaondoka
John: Next is the word meaning "week."
Medina: [Normal] wiki [Slow] wiki
John: Last is the word literally meaning "tomorrow."
Medina: [Normal] kesho [Slow] kesho
John: Listen again to the response, "I leave next week."
Medina: [Slow] Nitaondoka wiki kesho. [Normal] Nitaondoka wiki kesho.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: Knowing when someone is leaving, or how long the person is staying is essential in order to make plans. It is generally fine to ask about it. As we just learned, in Swahili this will be Unaondoka lini?

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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