"Karibu babu!"

Translation:Welcome grandfather!

March 8, 2017



Grandad and grandpa can also be used as well as grandfather

March 8, 2017


CAN, yet I would advise not to, as this is not necessarily a person's biological grandfather - it is very common to address elder men in the street/neighborhood with either "Babu" (grandfather) or "Mzee" (old man).

January 31, 2018


Does "karibu" mean only welcome (as in welcome home) or you're welcome? If the latter, why is this not accepted here as "you're welcome, grandfather"?

June 20, 2017


"You're welcome, grandfather" should be accepted.

June 20, 2017

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According to Wiktionary, that is indeed a correct translation, but purists may disagree:

Etymology: From Arabic قَرِيب (qarīb). The sense "you're welcome" is a calque from the English.

karibu (plural karibuni)

welcome! come in! you're welcome! (response to being thanked)

July 6, 2017


Karibu also has the meaning of close/near/next to, so it could be understood as an imperative to come closer/in... There also are verbs to it. I agree, "You're welcome..." should also be accepted.

January 31, 2018


It is the firat one since it it only used while being welcomed into someones home.

December 7, 2018


ruben babu means gradfather

January 12, 2018
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