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Useful Kalenjin Greetings and Salutations

Like most communities in Kenya, greeting someone in Kalenjin culture is a way of showing respect and acknowledging their presence.

Proper use of titles and forms of address is considered an important part of social etiquette.

If you’ve come across a Kalenjin and found yourself wanting to throw some Kalenjin greetings, here are some useful greetings to say:

1. How To Say Hello In Kalenjin

Eeh (then mention the name of the person) – Hi

Eeh (Name) – Hello

Oamune Koria subui (Iomune; Singular) – Good morning

Oamune Koria langat (Iomune if talking to one person) – Good evening

Iomune/ Oamune koria beet– Good afternoon

Beet Nemie- Enjoy the rest of your afternoon

Lang’atut nemie- Goodnight

Lang’atut nemie– Enjoy the rest of your night

Bichon/ Bichu/ Eih!!- Hey there!

Kalia? – What’s up?

Iomune – How are you?

Kongoi amu kebunu– Thanks for passing by

Ngoro chelelach? / Lene emet? – What’s new? 

Ara nee? – So, what next? 

2. How To Say Goodbye In Kalenjin 

Saisere– Bye

Saisere- Goodbye

Sait age- Later 

Ketuiye sait age- See you later

Ketuiye komolo– See you soon

Ketuiye kasar kitigin- See you in a while

Mutyo, lakini ne awo– I’m sorry, but I have to go

Ketuiye mutai (Or ketuiyen Karon) – I will see you tomorrow

Betut nemie- Enjoy the rest of your day

Ngoberurin Kamuktaindet- God bless you

Betut nemie-Good day

3. Other Useful Kalenjin Phrases To Use During Conversation

Iomune? – How are you?

Une tuguk? or Lene emet? -How are things?

Igase imi komie? – Are you feeling well?

Imi komie? -Are you doing well?

Ngoro ng’al chelelach– What’s new? 

Tilia– Sir/ Madam

Kararan karageerin- It’s good to see you

Mie kabisa kagetuiye– It’s a pleasure to meet you

Magase ami komie- I’m not doing well

Ami komie, konkoi– I’m well, thanks 

Mie amu kagetuiye– Nice to meet you

Kaineng’ung’ ko ng’o? Or Kikurenin ng’o? – What’s your name?

Nee netesetai– What’s happening?

Eeh tilia negararan– Hey beautiful

Ami komie– I’m fine 

Kikoikbkasarian– It’s been a while 

Mieitu tuku tugul– Everything is going fine 

Itagat- You’re welcome

Lene? / Lein o/ Len o– Excuse me 

Konkoi– Thank you! 

Nee neisubi- What next?

Le nee gaa? – Any tidings from home?

Une/ Amune babang’ung’- How’s your father?

Une/ Amune kamet? – How’s your mother?

Boiboi biik tugul i? -How’s everyone?

Lionen biik en gaa? – What are people doing at home?

Lion bichon? – What are those people doing

Matakai agerok– It’s been long since we met

Konkoi amu kenyon- Thanks for coming

Itogotin tugul- Welcome all

Ogas omiten gaa– Feel at home

Boiboi tugul i? – All doing good?

Kiisob i? – You recovered? 

Sob en chakyinet- Quick recovery 

Mutyo– Sorry 

Matinye ng’olio- I got nothing to add 

4. Seasonal Greetings 

Kirismas netala– Merry Christmas

Ista netala- Happy Easter 

Kenyit nelel nebaibai/ nemie– Happy New Year 

Betutab siget nebaibai– Happy Birthday 

Arawet bebaibai– Happy New month 

Lene emet? – Seasons greetings

It’s that simple! So, the next time you meet a Kalenjin with this handful of greetings, you can hit a nice conversation.

Just be sure to use proper titles and forms of address as we mentioned because this is an important part of social etiquette.


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