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Introduction
Dana: Welcome to 3-Minute Swahili Season 1, Lesson 7 - Do You Speak English? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question “Do you speak English?” in Swahili.
Body
Dana: Here's the way to ask "Do you speak English?" in Swahili.
Medina: [Normal] Unazungumza Kiingereza?
Dana: First is a word meaning "Do you speak."
Medina: [Normal] Unazungumza [Slow] Unazungumza
Dana: Last is the word meaning "English."
Medina: [Normal] Kiingereza [Slow] Kiingereza
Dana: Note the intonation. Listen again to the question meaning "Do you speak English?"
Medina: [Slow] Unazungumza Kiingereza? [Normal] Unazungumza Kiingereza?
Dana: Here's a response meaning "No, I don't speak English."
Medina: [Normal] La, sizungumzi Kiingereza.
Dana: First is a word meaning "No."
Medina: [Normal] La [Slow] La
Dana: Next is the word meaning "I don't speak."
Medina: [Normal] sizungumuzi [Slow] sizungumuzi
Dana: Last is the word meaning "English."
Medina: [Normal] Kiingereza [Slow] Kiingereza
Dana: Listen again to the response meaning "No, I don't speak English."
Medina: [Slow] La, sizungumzi Kiingereza. [Normal] La, sizungumzi Kiingereza.
Dana: Here's a response meaning "Yes, I speak English."
Medina: [Normal] Ndio, nazungumza Kiingereza.
Dana: First is a word meaning "Yes."
Medina: [Normal] Ndio [Slow] Ndio
Dana: Next is the word meaning "I speak."
Medina: [Normal] nazungumza [Slow] nazungumza
Dana: Last is the word meaning "English."
Medina: [Normal] Kiingereza [Slow] Kiingereza
Dana: Listen again to the response, "Yes, I speak English."
Medina: [Slow] Ndio, nazungumza Kiingereza. [Normal] Ndio, nazungumza Kiingereza.
Dana: Here's an alternative response meaning, "My mother tongue is Swahili."
Medina: [Normal] Lugha yangu ya mama ni Kiswahili.
Dana: First is a word meaning "language."
Medina: [Normal] lugha [Slow] lugha
Dana: Next is the word meaning "my."
Medina: [Normal] yangu [Slow] yangu
Dana: Next is the word-phrase meaning "of mother."
Medina: [Normal] ya mama [Slow] ya mama
Dana: Next is the word meaning "is."
Medina: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
Dana: Last is the word meaning "Swahili."
Medina: [Normal] Kiswahili [Slow] Kiswahili
Dana: Listen again to the response, "My mother tongue is Swahili."
Medina: [Slow] Lugha yangu ya mama ni Kiswahili. [Normal] Lugha yangu ya mama ni Kiswahili.
Cultural Insight
Dana: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Medina: For those of you who speak languages other than English, this question still works. Just substitute Kiingereza with a different language. Here are some examples: Kihispania is "Spanish," Kijerumani is "German," Kitallia is "Italian."

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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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try using this phrase to ask about a different language!

Cynthia
Wednesday at 04:53 AM
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Je, unazungumza lugha ngapi?