The most common greeting among those who speak Swahili is ‘Hujambo’ (‘Hello’) or the more colloquial greeting of ‘Jambo’. Both greetings can be responded with the phrase ‘sijambo’, which means ‘I am well’. Other common greetings in contemporary Kenya include ‘sasa’ or ‘Mambo’.
How do you greet in Kenya?
How do you say hello in Kenya? A handshake is the most common form of greeting. It is more polite and a sign of respect if you make the handshake firm. “Jambo?” or “Habari” (“How are you?) is usually said immediately prior to a handshake.
What is the response to Jambo?
Hujambo (how are you? – to one person) – Sijambo (I am fine). Hamjambo (how are you? – to two or more people) – Hatujambo (We are fine).
Is Jambo Hello in African?
The spoken word “Jambo” was once used as a greeting among traders of the Swahili coast of southeast Africa. While less formal, it is in widespread use in East Africa and beyond. While similar in use to the English word “hello,” it really meant to come and settle one’s affairs in the business sense.
What is HI Swahili?
Habari means “hi” or “hello.” We use it when we meet people. We can use this greeting with friends or relatives, but also with people we don’t know. And the formal way of greeting people is Shikamoo! During the evening we say: Habari ya jioni! Jioni is Swahili for “evening,” so Habari ya jioni means “good evening.”
What should you not wear in Kenya?
The things you should not wear in Kenya are:
- Cammo / Military style clothes.
- Crop Tops.
- Mini Skirts.
- Black or Dark blue.
- Tank tops.
- Expensive Jewelry.
- Open Shoes.
Do and don’ts in Kenya?
Never walk unaccompanied after dark in the bush or an unfenced camp or lodge. Don’t feed the wildlife – not only does it encourage a dependency on handouts to survive, but it may also foster problem animals. Don’t leave cash or other valuables lying around in the room.
How do you respond to Shikamoo?
Shikamoo is a respectful greeting used by a younger person to someone older, for example between a child and parent. The response to shikamoo is always, marahaba. There is no equivalent translation to English.
How do you respond to Habari Yako?
Exercise 1, Greeting Responses
“Hujambo!” “Hamjambo!” “Habari yako?” (Say you are doing well.)
What is the meaning of Habari Yako?
Habari yako refers to one person in English it means how are you.
How do you say hi in Africa?
1. Howzit – A traditional South African greeting that translates roughly as “How are you?” or simply “Hello”. 2. Heita – An urban and rural greeting used by South Africans.
What does Jamba mean in African?
Jamba is the swahili word which when translated to English means to FART.
How do you say good morning in Africa?
Habari — Also means “hello” or “good morning.” Use this one when speaking with older people.
What does Marhaba mean in Swahili?
“Marahaba” is the response to “Shikamoo”, that is the only use of this word in the Swahili language. You may have translated this into “Thanks for your respect”.
What does Sema mean in Swahili?
|1.||sema kwa mshangao (verb)||to exclaim (verb)|
|2.||sema kwa sauti (verb) Synonym: piga kelele||to shout (verb)|
How do you say bye in Kenyan?
Goodbye -In Swahili the term means Kwaheri ,pronouncing it as KWA-HE-RI.