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.
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.