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Introduction
John: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 25 - On the Phone. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to understand basic vocabulary on the phone in Swahili.
Body
John: Here's the way to say "Hello." when answering the phone in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Jambo.
John: This expression has only one word meaning "hello."
Medina: [Normal] jambo [Slow] jambo
John: Listen again to the expression meaning "Hello."
Medina: [Slow] Jambo. [Normal] Jambo.
John: Ok, now let's see the way to say "This is Medina."
Medina: [Normal] Huyu ni Medina.
John: First is a word meaning "this."
Medina: [Normal] huyu [Slow] huyu
John: Next is the word meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
John: Last is the word meaning "Medina."
Medina: [Normal] Medina [Slow] Medina
John: Listen again to the phrase meaning "This is Medina."
Medina: [Slow] Huyu ni Medina. [Normal] Huyu ni Medina.
John: Next is the way to ask "May I talk to Mark?"
Medina: [Normal] Nawezaongea na Mark?
John: First is a word meaning "can I talk."
Medina: [Normal] nawezaongea [Slow] nawezaongea
John: Next is the word meaning "with."
Medina: [Normal] na [Slow] na
John: Last is the word meaning "Mark."
Medina: [Normal] Mark [Slow] Mark
John: Listen again to the phrase meaning "May I talk to Mark?"
Medina: [Slow] Nawezaongea na Mark? [Normal] Nawezaongea na Mark?
John: Finally is a way to say "I'll call again later."
Medina: [Normal] Nitapinga simu tena baadaye.
John: First is a word meaning "I will call."
Medina: [Normal] nitapinga [Slow] nitapinga
John: Next is the word meaning "telephone."
Medina: [Normal] simu [Slow] simu
John: Next is the word meaning "again."
Medina: [Normal] tena [Slow] tena
John: Last is the word meaning "later."
Medina: [Normal] baadaye [Slow] baadaye
John: Listen again to the sentence meaning "I'll call again later."
Medina: [Slow] Nitapinga simu tena baadaye. [Normal] Nitapinga simu tena baadaye.
Cultural Insight
John: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: If you get a phone call and the caller forgets to introduce himself, you can politely ask Samahani, ni nani? which means "Excuse me, who is this?"

Outro

John: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in another series!
Medina: Tuonane!

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Let's practice here! Who would you like to talk to on the phone?