Greetings and Goodbyes
After not seeing one another for a long time:
Version 1: Iwolio ijo/Iwoliosi yesi
Long time no see. (Lit You are lost)
Version 2: Aibo iwolio ijo?
Where have you been? (Lit. Where did you get lost?)
Response 1: Ajai eong
I’m still around
Response 2: Epolokit lem eong aswam
I have been really busy these days
Ngesi mam ewanyunere luce?
Is that reason for not seeing the others?
Ipal do ijo iso ice
You have forgotten some of us
Response: Mam cut!
Biai bodo akonikuan/akuan kon?
How is your health? (Lit.: How is your body?)
When parting there are several ways of saying goodbye.
Goodbye! (Lit. Well/Let’s see each/one other again (both singular and plural))
Kianyun bobo/Kaanyunos ikatunga!
Goodbye, /Goodbye my people! (Lit. We will meet again (for several people))
Instead the following ways of saying goodbye are much more common:
Morning until afternoon