What is a murungu ?

'Murungu' is the Shona word for a foreigner or outsider, also called a makewa, farang, gai-jin, pakeha, fan quai, jooun borteh, qallunaat, bule, kardiya, feringhee, balanda or foreign devil...

Shona is the main Zimbabwean indigenous language, related to Swahili. The other words are:

makewa   - Ndebele (Matabele of southern Zimbabwe, related to isiZulu),
farang   - Thai/Persian,
gai-jin   - Cantonese,
pakeha   - Maori,
fan quai   - Japanese,
jooun borteh   - Khmer,
qallunaat   - Inuit ('eskimo'),
bule   - bahasa Indonesia / Malay,
kardiya   - Warlpiri (Australian Aboriginal),
feringhee   - Hindi (India), and
balanda   - Yolngu (Australian Aboriginal)

(One person's feelings on being a murungu).

Say G'day
On my humour page are a bunch of hello's. They are:

Chum riep sua   - Khmer
Bienvenuto   - Italian
Makadii ni   - Shona
Selamat pagi   - Bahasa Indonesia / Malay
Göt dag   - Norwegian
Comment allez-vous   - French
Salibonani   - Ndebele
Hola   - Spanish
Koni chiwa   - Japanese
Guten morgen   - German
Imanuiliata kaikanki   - Quechua
Jambo   - Swahili
Sawasdee krap   - Thai (male speaker)
Muho aunty cerhart   - Afrikaans

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