"Rehema mambo!"

Translation:Hello, Rehema!

February 23, 2017

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Yeah this is culturally gramatially incorrect. Mambo means What's up. culturally you can't say Mambo to an elder example your dad and mean it How are you? That's almost disrespectful.


I encountered "Mambo Juma?" in this lesson a while ago. It translated to "Hello Juma?" In this sentence, the name and the greeting have swapped their positions. Is this because one is a question and the other is a statement (greeting)? Are there different positions of words in different types of sentences?

I would like to know more about the differences between "Rehema mambo!" and "Mambo Juma?". :)


I'm certainly not sure of the answer (as I'm just learning as well), but I'm wondering if this (statement vs. question) is the difference. I saw that 'mambo' can mean "What's up?" so I translated it as "What's up Rehema?" and I was marked wrong. So I wonder if "Mambo [name]?" is "What's up, [name]?" while "[Name] mambo" means "Hello, [name]."


It doesn't matter whether the name comes first. It translated to "What's up?" (an informal/youth greeting); it has nothing to do with question or answer.


Could anyone explain this to me: Why if you write "Rehema mambo!" in Google translate, it returns "Have mercy on the king!". Does it have to do with a possible literal meaning of the two words?


Why might it be wrong to say "What's up, Rehema?"


No that's the better translation actually. "Rehema, what's up"


I think you should report translating "mambo" as "what's up". It is a programmed computer that says whether something is right or wrong. If it has been translated as "what's up" before in the lessons, it should be accepted here. I also think that my, "How are things, Rehema?" should be considered correct, since "mambo" literally means "matters".


Also, I am still learning, but my sense is that the order of where the name goes does not matter.


I asnwered "Greetings Rehema" which coulsd also be an answer.

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