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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 18 - Possession. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about possession in Swahili.
Body
John: Here's a way to ask "Do you have a pen?" in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Unakalamu?
John: First is a word meaning "you have."
Medina: [Normal] una [Slow] una
John: Last is the word meaning "pen."
Medina: [Normal] kalamu [Slow] kalamu
John: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "Do you have a pen?"
Medina: [Slow] Unakalamu? [Normal] Unakalamu?
John: Ok, now let's see another way to ask for a pen, meaning "Help me with a pen."
Medina: [Normal] Nisaidie na kalamu.
John: First is a phrase meaning "help me."
Medina: [Normal] nisaidie [Slow] nisaidie
John: Next is the word meaning "with."
Medina: [Normal] na [Slow] na
John: Last is the word meaning "pen."
Medina: [Normal] kalamu [Slow] kalamu
John: Listen again to the sentence meaning "Help me with a pen."
Medina: [Slow] Nisaidie na kalamu. [Normal] Nisaidie na kalamu.
John: Next is the way to say "Yes, I have one."
Medina: [Normal] Ndio, ninayo.
John: First is a word meaning "yes."
Medina: [Normal] ndio [Slow] ndio
John: Last is the word meaning "I have."
Medina: [Normal] ninayo [Slow] ninayo
John: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "Yes, I have one."
Medina: [Slow] Ndio, ninayo. [Normal] Ndio, ninayo.
John: Finally is a way to say "Yes, here you are."
Medina: [Normal] Ndio, hii hapa.
John: First is a word meaning "yes."
Medina: [Normal] ndio [Slow] ndio
John: Next is the word meaning "this."
Medina: [Normal] hii [Slow] hii
John: Last is the word meaning "here."
Medina: [Normal] hapa [Slow] hapa
John: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "Yes, here you are."
Medina: [Slow] Ndio, hii hapa. [Normal] Ndio, hii hapa.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: Borrowing things from people is very common. For example, in small places Kenyans usually socialize with their neighbors a lot, often so much that they borrow stuff from each other. Nisaidie na followed by the name of the item comes handy in such situations.

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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How would you say 'Do you have a book?'