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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 Tamira,


Great job!👍


Keep up studying well and in case of any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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Tamira
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Thank you, I finished my first lesson 😄

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Hallo

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Hi Christie,


Glad to hear that you're planning on moving to the country soon!


As for enriching your vocabulary, you can check out the vocabulary lists:

https://www.swahilipod101.com/swahili-vocabulary-lists/


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Christie
Saturday at 9:14 am
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I am trying to increase my Swahili vocabulary, as I am moving to Kenya this summer. I cannot wait!!! :) I love these lesson by the way. :)


Asante sana,

Christie

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Hi Simon,


Thank you for your comment and feedback.


This series is intended to teach basic survival phrases to the persons that are about to go to a country were the target language is spoken, in this case Kenya.

Of course, you can take advantage of this series even if you are not going to travel.

If the format of these lessons is not right for you, please try this other series:

https://www.swahilipod101.com/lesson-library/3-minute-swahili/


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Simon
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I am not happy with the way way you say'on your trip to Kenya' I am not learning because I want to go to Kenya and I know a lot of people aren't too

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Hello there,


Thank you for studying with us!


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Just starting but so far, to be free or offer so much free, I'm liking it! In the future, I hope to be able to upgrade to get the extra but still, this is a great source to begin learning. Asante!😊