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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 15 - Where Are You Going? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask where someone is going in Swahili.
Body
John: Here's a way to ask "Where are you going?" in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Unaenda wapi?
John: First is a word meaning "you are going."
Medina: [Normal] unaenda [Slow] unaenda
John: Next is the word meaning "where."
Medina: [Normal] wapi [Slow] wapi
John: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning "Where are you going?"
Medina: [Slow] Unaenda wapi? [Normal] Unaenda wapi?
John: Here's a more informal and shorter way to ask, "Where are you going?"
Medina: [Normal] Unaenda?
John: This expression has only one word meaning "you are going."
Medina: [Normal] unaenda [Slow] unaenda
John: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning "Where are you going?"
Medina: [Slow] Unaenda? [Normal] Unaenda?
John: Here's a response meaning "I'm going to the supermarket."
Medina: [Normal] Ninaenda kwa supamaketi.
John: First is a phrase meaning "I'm going."
Medina: [Normal] ninaenda [Slow] ninaenda
John: Next is the word meaning "to."
Medina: [Normal] kwa [Slow] kwa
John: Last is the word meaning "supermarket."
Medina: [Normal] supamaketi [Slow] supamaketi
John: Listen again to the response, "I'm going to the supermarket."
Medina: [Slow] Ninaenda kwa supamaketi. [Normal] Ninaenda kwa supamaketi.
John: Here's a response meaning, "I'm going to work."
Medina: [Normal] Ninaenda kazini.
John: First is a phrase meaning "I'm going."
Medina: [Normal] ninaenda [Slow] ninaenda
John: Last is the word meaning "to work."
Medina: [Normal] kazini [Slow] kazini
John: Listen again to the response, "I'm going to work."
Medina: [Slow] Ninaenda kazini. [Normal] Ninaenda kazini.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: In Kenya, a single public vehicle can pick up many customers. So when you stop a public car that is not empty, you can ask him where he is going in order to decide whether you want to take it or wait for another one. You can use the same phrase we just learned, Unaenda wapi?

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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Let's practice - Where are you going this weekend?