March 15, 2017



I answered 'Jambo', which many travel books say is Swahili for 'hello'. But Duolingo didn't accept it?

March 15, 2017


"Jambo" is used mostly when talking to tourists, rather than being used in everyday life/conversation.

March 27, 2017


Ah, I see. Thank you.

March 29, 2017


Me too

March 21, 2017


I think Mambo is used more as a slang for 'Whats up' rather than hello. Poa being the usual response.

August 27, 2017


Jambo, mambo - hi, hello. Salama - more like welcome, karibu - welcome. Habari DOESN'T mean -hello !!!!! It is used as a greeting in phrase for ex. habari gani, habari za leo etc. but only " habari" means - news, information.

January 6, 2018


I wrote "Habari" and it was accepted. Should be changed then...

January 22, 2018


Well, 'mambo' doesn't directlymean hello either, but it means 'matters'. It only functions as a greeting on it's own, just like 'Habar'. The translation is just fine, then, idiomatically.

July 8, 2018


I have only heard 'Jambo'

April 25, 2018


Mambo is slang. It's the plural for the conventional jambo

April 9, 2017


I think hello salama

October 25, 2017


So far as I know does 'mambo' mean 'How are your things?' and means something like 'How are you?'. Thats why I am wondering about 'mambo' as an answer for 'hello'.

December 4, 2017


The question was translate Hello and the correct answer was "habari".. habari is a greeting but it's a question and not the equivalent of an english Hello how do i change this question

March 20, 2018


"Hello" and "habari" are equivalent greetings. "Hello" has no other meaning and although it doesn't matter here the word "habari" also means "news". In both languages we need not worry about precise meanings of informal greetings. In English we don't think about real meanings of "hi", "hiya", "hey", etc. In both languages there are meaningful greetings for formal occasions and in all cases the important thing is to appear pleased to meet someone, irrespective of the words used.

April 11, 2018


I have never heard Mambo being offered as a greeting. The swahili i know is from Kenya so maybe this is tanzanian swa?

April 25, 2018


I have heard "Mambo (vipi)?" a lot from Kenyans, although that was in 2008-2011 so usage may have changed.

July 18, 2018
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