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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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SwahiliPod101.com
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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Hi Kelly,


Thank you for studying with us!


We hope you can soon speak Swahili with him!


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Kelly
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Hi

I am new to trying to speak Swahili. I am wanting to learn because I have met a very incredible guy from Kenya that is now my boyfriend of 5months. I told him that I should try an learn his language of we are going to be together.

Thanks

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Hi Yaxye,


Thank you for joining us!


Looking forward to seeing you often here.


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Yaxye Jacfar
Wednesday at 12:20 am
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Hi every one. I am new here. I like learning new language, specially Swahili. Thank you so much. "Asante sana"

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Jambo Garry,


You may be correct but I must say I am not very familiar with Spanish or any of the languages you have mentioned. Continue enjoying the Swahili learning experience.


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Hi Jameel,


We're glad to hear that you liked the lesson.


We hope you'll enjoy the rest as well!


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Jameel
Thursday at 6:53 am
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Wha an excellent first lesson! Asante sana!

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Garry
Thursday at 1:42 am
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The audio sounds like the "r" is like either the Spanish (tongue flap) r or the French/German guttural r. Am I correct?

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Hi Blessings,


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Blessings
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This is excellent way of teaching,

Shukrani Sana