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Bambara ~ Mòoré ~ Jula

Mòoré Language Greetings

Salutations

Puusgo

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 / AnglaisFrench / FrancaisMòoré
Good eveningbonsoirNe y zabré!
Good morningBonjourNe 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 dayBonne journéeNe y windiga!
Good nightbonne nuitWend na kit ti-d neked toore

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