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 a mambo in Swahili?
Mambo Vipi? How are things? To answer this, you could respond with, “Salama”, meaning fine, or with Safi or Poa tu, which mean cool.
What country says Jambo for Hello?
Jambo!”, is sometimes used to greet visitors to Kenya. Today, more traditional greeting or welcoming terms are encouraged for tourists to better understand and to relate to the local people.
What language is shikamoo?
Shikamoo – “Greeting an elder” – the literal meaning of the word shikamoo is – I am under your feet” but it is very common and acceptable in Kiswahili language. It is a greeting used by young people to greet elders.
How do you greet an elder in Swahili?
Learn your greetings
- Hujambo — “Hello!” A friendly “hujambo” goes a long way.
- Habari — Also means “hello” or “good morning.” Use this one when speaking with older people.
- Nzuri — “Beautiful,” “good,” “nice,” or, “I am fine.”
- Shikamo — Literally translates to “I hold your feet.” This is a greeting for elders.
How do you respond to Shikamoo in Swahili?
Shikamoo (a young person to an elder) – marahaba….Other replies to the above greetings that might be used in place of nzuri:
- njema (NJEma) – fine.
- salama (saLAAma) – peaceful / all’s well.
- sawa (SAwa) – okay.
- vyema (VYEma) – well.
- naendelea vyema (naendeLEa VYEma) – I am doing well.
What does Shikamoo mean?
touching your leg
This greeting is used when a young person is greeting a significantly older person. It is used to show respect. Shikamoo literally translates to ‘touching your leg’.