vendredi 24 décembre 2010
samedi 26 juin 2010
* Manahoana 'nareo ( ianareo)/manahoana daholy nareo = Hi you all!
Answer: Manahoana 'nareo (for more than one person)
Manahoana / manahoana tompoko ( if one person)
* Manahoana: (casual) Hi, Hello
* Manahoana Tompoko ( formal/ honorific greeting ) : Good morning, Sir, Madam.
Answer: Manahoana tompoko.
Tompoko is used when you do not know the persons, for example you meet them for the first
time, or they are in the streets ( Malagasy people greet unknown people in the buses, in the
streets, when they meet in a tight sideways, it is impolite not to greet or answer greetings from
people) so if you know their names, call them by names, first name especially.
Malagasy people shake hands with friends and family members. Not to shake hands is
They even kiss one another like French people (two, three, four times on the cheeks), or even
now they hug like Americans.
* The princely descendants greet between themselves with " Tsarava tompoko": ( May you be in good health)"
Veloma: Bye (casual)
Veloma Tompoko : good bye (honorific, formal)
In all times of the day, we say Veloma (morning, noon, night)
Mandram-pihaona: see you next time
Tafandria mandry: good night (for sleep)