In Ateso there are numerous ways of greeting people. A simple ‘hello’ is
‘Yoga’. The type of greeting which is adequate to use always depends on the
situation and your relationship to that other person.
My people, greet him/her!
The next form of greeting can be used in pretty much every situation, both
to unknown and known people, either when just passing or when starting
How are you?
Kosodi bodo? (Informal, used
amongst friends or acquintances)
How are you? (Lit: What next?)
Response: Emamete aceda/ejokuna
Nothing much/It is fine
Eyalama ber eong kanu akusaswam/
Lit.: Thanks for your (plural) work
Response: Iso/Isio itelekarit
You’re welcome/ It’s our pleasure
Yoga ber ijo aswam
Thanks for the work
Yoga ber ijo akoniswam/aswam kon
Thanks for your work
When showing respect or when actually starting a conversation, one
can ask what loosely translates into ‘Good morning’ or ‘Good afternoon’ but
is in fact a question: