HALLO, JAMBO, KARIBU KENYA. This is a simple and a basic Swahili greeting in East Africa; of HALLO, WELCOME TO KENYA .
Swahili (also referred to as Kiswahili) is the most widely used language; not only in Kenya, but the vast East African region.
Basic Swahili greetings
|Swahili Greeting||English Reply/Answer|
|1.||Jambo||-This is the most common greeting, to say 'hallo'. A common reply to hallo is 'jambo'|
|2.||Habari||-This is also a common greeting, to say 'hallo'. A common reply to habari is 'njema'|
|3.||Sabalkheri||-A morning greeting, how is your morning. Reply to this is 'Sabalkheri or salama'|
|4.||Habari ya Mchana||-An afternoon greeting, how is your afternoon. Reply to this is 'njema'|
|5.||Masalkheri||-An evening greeting, how is your evening. Reply to this is 'Masalkheri or salama'|
|6.||Habari ya usiku||-A night greeting, how is your night. Reply to this is 'salama'|
|7.||Alamsiki||-This is to say 'Good night'. A reply to this is 'binuru, or Usiku mwema pia'; meaning good night to you too|
|Asubuhi, mchana, jioni, usiku therefore mean morning, afternoon, evening and night respectively. A simple reply to these greetings is njema.|
|8.||Umeshindaje||-This is also an evening greeting. It asks "how was your day". Reply to this is 'salama'|
|9.||Umeamkaje||-This is a morning greeting. The person greeting would like to know how your night was. Reply to this is 'salama'|
|Salama is Swahili word for 'fine', or 'okay'.|