Friday, December 29, 2006

Jambo! Jambo!

Everywhere we go here, we are greeted with a cheery "Jambo!". It means "Hello" in Swahili. Everyone is super friendly and will just greet you as you're walking by.

Surprisingly though, many Zanzibarians expect us to speak Swahili! I don't know if this shouldn't come as a surprise but we really do speak very little Swahili. All we really know is Jambo, Habari, Mzuri, Asante and Kwaheri (Hello, How are you, Fine, Thank you, and Goodbye). Yes, it's pretty sad.

This is such a great language though. It's has such a beautiful tone and rhythm to it when you here the locals chatter away. Hopefully we'll pick up a little more as we start our safari as it's used quite a bit in Tanzania and Kenya.


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