Greetings

Informal ways of greeting friends include:

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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 1: Mam ace/Etamit

Nothing much/It is fair

Response 2: Emamete ace (cut)

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

Anyoika/Anyena bo nat ace?

What’s up? (lit.: What else?)

Response: Emamete/Ejokuna/ ejoka (cut)

Nothing/It’s (very) fine

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?

Inyobo erono/ationis/ican?

What is wrong?/ the problem?

Ikote ai?

How is it? (Lit. How are they?)

Formal: Responding to greetings;

Araibo ijo?. Arai nat ijo/kede ijo?

How about you (singular)?

Araibo nat yesi?. Arai nat yesi?

How about you (pl.)?

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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Eong da eyalama aanyun ijo

I’m happy to see you too

Atubor apak naepol mam oni iwanyuna

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

Eong da adau apak mam aanyunit ijo

Me too, long time not seeing you

Response 1: Ejai ejokuna/Mot mot

It is good/a bit fair.

Response 3: Aremit aremit/ Kwapekwangin

Just pushing/Just like that.

Ikoni apaaran ai/Elosi bo apaaran biai?

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

Response 2: Elosi ejok cut/noi

It is going on very well

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 1: Lukore?

The people at home?

Version 2: Biabo itunga lukore?

How are the people at home?

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)

Response 2: Elosi ejok

It is going on well

Response 3: Geteget/Aikwad aikwad

So so/moving with difficulty

Response 5: Iinakit apason/Itapasi

It is tiresome.

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)

Emamete nuariebete

I’m good (lit. There is nothing troubling me)

Aibo ejaasi adis da

I’m good (lit. Nothing much happening)

Emamei adio ationis

I’m good (lit. I don’t have any problem)