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INTRODUCTION
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! Kenya is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be teaching you a simple phrase that is bound to come in handy throughout your trip to Kenya. I can’t stress this enough: A little bit of language can go a long way!
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In Swahili, “Thank you” is
Asante.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) A - sa - n - te.
Once more:
Asante.
The word asante literally means “thanks”
(slow) A - sa - n - te
Asante
This will be:
(slow) A - sa - n - te.
Asante.
You can emphasize Asante by adding sana, which means literally “a lot” or “so much.”
(slow) sa - na
sana
That makes Asante sana, which would be equivalent to “Thank you so much,” a politer expression than just Asante.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) A - sa - n - te sa - na
Once more:
Asante sana.
There will be occasions when you will really want to show your appreciation and politeness. On these occasions, you should use the expression shukran. In daily life, however, people use ‘shukrani’.
So “Thanks” in Swahili is
Shukrani.
And “Many thanks” is
shukrani sana.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) shu - kra - ni sa - na.
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Once more:
shukrani sana.
The first word is shukrani, which means something like “thanks.”
(slow) shu - kra - ni
The second word, sana (“a lot”), is used to make the phrase more polite.
All together, it’s
(slow) shu - kra - ni sa - na.

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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone! Have you ever been in Kenya? If not, where would you like to go?

Monday at 8:59 pm
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Nkamo
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asante my first word in swahili

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Hi Paolo,

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Paolo
Tuesday at 5:05 am
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Hello, I’m Paolo and I’m learning Swahili just because I love the language. This course seems to be educative!

Wednesday at 4:18 pm
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Hello Fabian,

Thank you for your comments. I am glad to hear that you are going to visit Zambia next year! It’s good that you can learn Swahili easily thanks to your mother tongue. I hope all go well with the preparation and feel free to let us know if you have any questions while learning Swahili.

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Fabian
Wednesday at 12:46 pm
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Hi, my name is Fabián. I´m from Colombia and I´ll travel to Zambia next year to work with refugees in an ONU´s settlement. I found the Swahili language is easy for me because of my mother thong, Spanish is so similar. Incredibly, the accent of the Swahili is so close to the African-American people who live on the Pacific Ocean coast of my country. Is so beautiful to realize that the roots still in them.

¡Shukrani Sana!

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Thank you for your kind message, Ishaku!

I am glad to hear that you found our lessons educative!

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Educative!

Monday at 12:33 pm
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Jambo Natalia,

Asante sana “karibu sana” . Continue enjoying the swahili learning presence.

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Monday at 12:21 pm
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Jambo Guilhot,

Yes Guilhot, now you know two of them, “Kushukuru” and “asante”.

Joshua
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