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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 22 - Ordering at a Restaurant. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to order at a restaurant or coffee shop in Swahili.
Body
John: Here's the way to say "Can I see the menu?" in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Naweza tazama menyu?
John: First is a word meaning "Can I."
Medina: [Normal] naweza [Slow] naweza
John: Next is the word meaning "see."
Medina: [Normal] tazama [Slow] tazama
John: Last is the word meaning "menu."
Medina: [Normal] menyu [Slow] menyu
John: Listen again to the phrase meaning "Can I see the menu?"
Medina: [Slow] Naweza tazama menyu? [Normal] Naweza tazama menyu?
John: Ok, now let's see the way to ask "What do you recommend?"
Medina: [Normal] Unasifia gani?
John: First is a word meaning "you recommend."
Medina: [Normal] unasifia [Slow] unasifia
John: Last is the word meaning "what."
Medina: [Normal] gani [Slow] gani
John: Listen again to the phrase meaning "What do you recommend?"
Medina: [Slow] Unasifia gani? [Normal] Unasifia gani?
John: Next is the informal way to say "A coffee for me."
Medina: [Normal] Kahawa kwangu mimi.
John: First is a word meaning "coffee."
Medina: [Normal] kahawa [Slow] kahawa
John: Next is the word meaning "to me."
Medina: [Normal] kwangu [Slow] kwangu
John: Last is the word meaning "I."
Medina: [Normal] mimi [Slow] mimi
John: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "A coffee for me."
Medina: [Slow] Kahawa kwangu mimi. [Normal] Kahawa kwangu mimi.
John: Finally is a formal way to say "I would like a coffee."
Medina: [Normal] Ningelipenda kahawa.
John: First is a word meaning "I would."
Medina: [Normal] ningeli [Slow] ningeli
John: Next is the word meaning "like."
Medina: [Normal] penda [Slow] penda
John: Last is the word meaning "coffee."
Medina: [Normal] kahawa [Slow] kahawa
John: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning "I would like a coffee."
Medina: [Slow] Ningelipenda kahawa. [Normal] Ningelipenda kahawa.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: In a busy Kenyan restaurant, you may have to call the waiter by saying Tafadhali, meaning "Excuse me," or Bwana, meaning "Sir." Sometimes people shout the name "Chef" to attract the attention of the waiters. In case there are any around, you can beckon with your palm facing downwards.

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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Hi Listeners, what would you like to order?