There's a lovely conversational convention here in Ethiopia involving greeting people. While it has to be heard to be appreciated, it's a kind of question-and-answer, or call-and-response cadence involving two people who meet up. It goes something like
Exavier eemesgen, endemena?
But can go on for a very long time, depending the friendship level and the time between greetings. It's of course accompanied by hugs, shoulder bumps, and kisses. At first I thought it was a sequence of questions, perhaps about one another's families or something. I know just enough Amharic to know that essentially it's just greeting again and again in different forms. Maybe something like:
Steve, how you doin?
Joe, I'm great. How you been?
Been doing all right, what's new?
Not much, what's new with you?
Not much, you feelin' alright these days?
Yeah great, you?
You get the idea. What I can't write is the sound of the lovely and warm up and down cadence, always accompanied by big smiles.