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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking Directions. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and understand basic directions in Swahili.
Body
John: Here's the way to ask "Where is the station?" in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Stesheni iko wapi?
John: First is a word meaning "station."
Medina: [Normal] stesheni [Slow] stesheni
John: Next is the word meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] iko [Slow] iko
John: Last is the word meaning "where."
Medina: [Normal] wapi [Slow] wapi
John: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning "Where is the station?"
Medina: [Slow] Stesheni iko wapi? [Normal] Stesheni iko wapi?
John: Here's the way to say, "Go straight."
Medina: [Normal] Enda wima.
John: First is a word meaning "go."
Medina: [Normal] enda [Slow] enda
John: Last is the word meaning "straight."
Medina: [Normal] wima [Slow] wima
John: Listen again to the sentence meaning "Go straight."
Medina: [Slow] Enda wima. [Normal] Enda wima.
John: Here's another response, meaning "Turn right."
Medina: [Normal] Geuka kulia.
John: First is a word meaning "turn."
Medina: [Normal] geuka [Slow] geuka
John: Last is the word meaning "right."
Medina: [Normal] kulia [Slow] kulia
John: Listen again to the response, "Turn right."
Medina: [Slow] Geuka kulia. [Normal] Geuka kulia.
John: Here's a response meaning, "Turn left."
Medina: [Normal] Geuka kushoto.
John: First is a word meaning "turn."
Medina: [Normal] geuka [Slow] geuka
John: Last is the word meaning "left."
Medina: [Normal] kushoto [Slow] kushoto
John: Listen again to the response, "Turn left."
Medina: [Slow] Geuka kushoto. [Normal] Geuka kushoto.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: These are some of the most important sentences when travelling. Kenyans in general are very helpful to tourists in that aspect, and they would do their best to give you directions.

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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