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Greetings

Informal ways of greeting friends include:

Ateso

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Yoga!

Hello! (Note: Yoga is actually the formal and polite way of greeting people of all ranks)

Biaibo?

What’s up?. How is it (with you?) (lit.: What do you say?) (Note: you cannot say this to someone deserving honour and respect)

Response 2: Emamete ace (cut)

(absolutely) Nothing much (lit.: I don’t have much more to say)

Kosodi bodo?. Ikote bo ai kangina?

What’s up? (lit.: How is it over there?)

Response 2: Geteget/mot mot/ aikwang aikwang

So so or fairly (Lit.: A little fair/ ‘swimming’ with difficulty)

Slang:

Ateso

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Biabo ejautene kon?

What is your situation like?/ How is your health?/How are you keeping on?

Formal: Responding to greetings;

Araibo ijo?. Arai nat ijo/kede ijo?

How about you (singular)?

A complete greeting in Ateso consists of several phrases and questions. When greeting another person, one should go through atleast a few of them. For example:

Ateso

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Atubor apak naepol mam oni iwanyuna

Long time no seen (lit.: We have taken long without seeing each other)

Ikoni apaaran ai/Elosi bo apaaran biai?

How is your day? (Lit.: How is the/your day going?)

Response 3: Geteget

So so. (lit.: Toddling/slow)

Elosit bo apaaran biai?/Biabo abu apaaran kolosio?

How was the day?/How did the day go?

Version 3: Do bodo ikonitunga/ abo itunga koni?

How about your people?

Biaibo Mukongoro?. Ejai Mukongoro biai?

How is Mukongoro? (Mukongoro being a place where the person being greeted lives/resides or is coming from)

Anyoka/Anyeka bonat itetiak?. Akiro biai?

What is the news?(How is it going?)

Response: Aibo ejaasi nuitetiak. Emameete nuitetiak.

There is nothing new (Lit All is well)