I respect you is "Nakuheshimu" from the verb "kuheshimu"
Shikamoo is a greeting and its response is Marahaba
So, would this phrase be used in the midst of a conversation? So far, I have only seen it as a formal way to say hello.
It is like saying hello to an elder or someone important
I would translate it as "hello, respected elder." My hesitation with calling it a formal greating is that you would say it to an elder (or teacher) even in an informal setting, and you wouldn't say it to a peer even in a formal setting.
It should not be "I respect you" (there is a different way of saying it within a conversation), but rather "formal greeting" or so :)
I respect you = Nakuheshimu, Shikamoo = Nakusalimu
I respect you in swahili is nakuheshimu
And certainly in referring to a third person: "Namheshimu sana mwalimu wetu wa Kiingereza."
Literally, yes! :)
Could someone break this one down for us please? I know the literal translation isn’t what it means but it helps me to remember and understand.