FROM THE STUDENTS: The first day of language lessons was really intense, but fun and interesting. It made us think about our own language and the meaning of certain words, for example, the way we express appreciation. One of the words we learned today was “karibu,” which means welcome. At first, we thought that it meant “you are welcome,” like the direct response to “thank you.” However, karibu is an expression of welcoming into a home or a place. So people always say it first and the reply is “asante” or “thank you.” This changed our perceptions of greetings in the states, and we realized sometimes we forget what a blessing it is to share the company of friends and loved ones. Karibu!