Swahili in Tanzania

Greetings Among Close Friends (who haven't seen each other for a long time)

When you have not seen someone for a long time, or if you are picking a friend up after s/he has been traveling, you would be expected to go through at least three, if not all, of the following greetings. Not all the questions have to come from you; there will usually be a back-and-forth exchange with your posing some questions and answering others. The video shows the double handshake which expresses close friendship.


  • "Close Friends Who Haven't Seen Each Other For a Long Time"
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