I answered 'Jambo', which many travel books say is Swahili for 'hello'. But Duolingo didn't accept it?
"Jambo" is used mostly when talking to tourists, rather than being used in everyday life/conversation.
I think Mambo is used more as a slang for 'Whats up' rather than hello. Poa being the usual response.
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.
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.
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'.
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
"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.
I have never heard Mambo being offered as a greeting. The swahili i know is from Kenya so maybe this is tanzanian swa?