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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?

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ShafyDuRich
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Thanks........shukran

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BaGa
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Hi, I'm from Egypt, I've enjoyed the lesson.

Asnte Sana :) ❤️️

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Thanks for the lessons

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Jambo Fiona,


We are happy that you love our courses. Yes some regions are more accustomed to use of some phrases more than others. Shukrani is more associated with people from Mombasa and asante with people from Nairobi.


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Fiona
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Hello

This course.is very.helpful.Thanks

I speak.shukrani.to..my Kenya friend .She told me.pepole.from Mombasa often.express thanks by using Shukrani,but in Nairobi,Asante.is.more.often used.


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I've never been to Kenya, but I have been to Tanzania several times. I am embarrassed to say that I have forgotten most of my Kiswahili. I hope to become much more fluent by the time I return in 2020.