Mòoré Language Greetings
Don't undertake anything without greeting people first.
- Greet everybody in a group with appropriate gestures for the greetings.
- Make a difference between formal and informal greetings.
- Always give positive answers (in greetings) even if you are not well. (You can always thank God, it could be much worse)
- Men greeting Men – A handshake with the right hand is the most common form of greeting. Handshakes are often combined with a snap on the release for those who are friends.
- Women greeting Women - A handshake with the right hand is the most common form of greeting.
- Men and Women – A handshake with the right hand is the most common form of greeting. A verbal greeting or nod of acknowledgment is acceptable as well.
- On holidays there’s usually a handshake accompanied by head taps – touching the sides of your head to another person’s 4 times, 2 on each side. For children to elders or for lower class to upper class adults – a handshake with the right hand while the left hand supports the right elbow to show respect.
Whenever someone asks (in greetings), “Laafi beeme ________?”
Respond, “Laafi bala””
"bala" is just a term that adds emphasis to any statement.
Examples: In good health Laafi
In very good health Laafi bala
|English / Anglais||French / Francais||Mòoré|
|Good evening||bonsoir||Ne y zabré!|
|Good morning||Bonjour||Ne y yibeogo!|
|Good morning. Did you sleep well?||Bonjour. Avez-vous bien dormi?||Ne y yibeoogo y gũsa soma?|
|Yes. My health is good.||Oui. Ma santé est bonne.||Laafi bala|
|Good day||Bonne journée||Ne y windiga!|
|Good night||bonne nuit||Wend na kit ti-d neked toore|
John C. Rigdon, Editor