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Title
Lesson 0 - Introduction to Shona Lessons
Lesson 1 - Shona Vowels and Pronunciation
Lesson 2 - Shona Pronouns
Lesson 3 - Shona Possessives
Lesson 4 - Common Shona Expressions
Lesson 5 - The Verb 'To Know', In Shona
Lesson 6 - Shona Greetings and Commonly Used Words
Lesson 7 - Greetings between two children: Kumhoresana pakati pevana vaviri
Lesson 8 - Greetings between an adult and a child: pakati pemhunu mukuru nemwana mudiki
Lesson 9 - Morning greetings between two children: kumhoresana mangwanani

Lesson 9 - Morning greetings between two children: kumhoresana mangwanani

Greetings will vary according to the seniority of the people. Greetings between an adult and a child are different to greetings between two children. The following is a dialogue of morning greetings between two children.

Chipo: Good morning Allen (no handshake) - Mangwanani Allen
Allen :Good morning Chipo. How are you? - Mangwanani Chipo. Warara/Wamuka sei?
Chipo: I slept well/woke well - Ndarara/Ndamuka kana wamukawo

Afternoon and Evening Greetings

These are said exactly the same way as the morning greetings, except the words ‘masikati’ (goodafternoon) and ‘manheru’ (goodevening) are used in place of ‘mangwanani’ (goodmorning).

The verb ‘swera’ is used in place of ‘rara’. Otherwise the rest is the same.

Chipo: Good afternoon Allen (no handshake) - Masikati Allen
Allen :Good afternoon Chipo. How are you? - Masikati Chipo. Waswera sei?
Chipo: I am well. - Ndaswera.