I taught and lived with a Kenyan tribe called Iteso. They are located in western Kenya. Their tribal language is called Teso. A few of the teachers I worked with taught me a few words in Teso. The village knew I knew English and also figured I knew some Swahili, however they were really surprised (and impressed) when I could greet them in Teso. So here are the words I learned. Since I learned them through hearing and speaking, I’m using sound files to say the words for you. I’ve included a pronunciation guide for those of you who are sound file challenged.
|The way people would greet one another||Abaquero|
|and the response||Ajoka|
|and the response||Yoga noi|
|or I could use this response||Noi Noi|
|Thank you very much||Eyalama noi|
Ok, I admit rabbit is a strange one to know. I learned that when a rabbit ran through the school compound. One of the teachers taught me the word for rabbit.