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Introduction
Dana: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 5 - Making Apologies. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to apologise for yourself and say that you didn't do it on purpose or you are sorry in Swahili.
Body
Dana: Here's the informal way to say “Excuse me.” in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Samahani.
Dana: This expression has only one word meaning “Excuse me.”
Medina: [Normal] Samahani. [Slow] Samahani.
Dana: Listen again to the informal word meaning “Excuse me.”
Medina: [Slow] Samahani. [Normal] Samahani.
Dana: Ok, now let's see the formal way to say “Excuse me.”
Medina: [Normal] Kumradhi.
Dana: This expression has only one word meaning “Excuse me.”
Medina: [Normal] Kumradhi [Slow] Kumradhi
Dana: Listen again to the formal word meaning “Excuse me.”
Medina: [Slow] Kumradhi [Normal] Kumradhi
Dana: Following is the way to say “I didn't mean it.”
Medina: [Normal] Sikukusidia.
Dana: First is a word meaning “I did not.”
Medina: [Normal] Si [Slow] Si
Dana: Last is the word meaning “mean it.”
Medina: [Normal] kukusudia [Slow] kukusudia
Dana: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning “I didn't mean it.”
Medina: [Slow] Sikukusidia. [Normal] Sikukusidia.
Dana: Finally is a way to say “I'm sorry for coming late.”
Medina: [Normal] Samahani kwa kuchelewa.
Dana: First is a word meaning “I'm sorry.”
Medina: [Normal] Samahani [Slow] Samahani
Dana: Next is the word meaning “for.”
Medina: [Normal] kwa [Slow] kwa
Dana: Last is the word meaning “to be late.”
Medina: [Normal] kuchelewa [Slow] kuchelewa
Dana: Listen again to the phrase meaning “I'm sorry for coming late.”
Medina: [Slow] Samahani kwa kuchelewa. [Normal] Samahani kwa kuchelewa.
Cultural Insight
Dana: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: Please remember when you're in Kenya, that if you accidentally bump into someone, it's more common to say Samahani than “pardon me,” which is Niwie radhi.

Outro

Dana: 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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