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LEARN IGBO: Simple sentences and verb conjugation #9

FORMING SIMPLE SENTENCES IN IGBO

Similar to English, Igbo present tense word order is typically:

verbs

SVO

  • SUBJECT (I/He/They…etc)
  • VERB (to go/to be/…etc)
  • OBJECT (happiness(adjective)/park…etc)

 

So if I wanted to say I am a nice person. I would say:

A(I) bu m(am) ezigbo(a good) mmadu(person).

Below are some examples of Igbo verb conjugation using the verb (to be)

IGBO ENGLISH
ỊMARA MMA – TO BE GOOD LOOKING
Amara m mma I am good looking
Ị mara mma You are good looking
Ọ mara mma He/she/it is good looking
Anyị mara mma We are (group) good looking
Anyị machara mma We are (individually) good looking

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LEARN IGBO – Basic commands – #7

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Expressing basic commands in Igbo

 

 

 

 

 

IGBO

ENGLISH
Nyé m ākā gi. Give me your hand
 

 

Gwà m áhà (/áfà) gí. Tell me your name
 

 

Gbá yā nkịtị. Pay him/her no attention (Ignore him/her)
 

 

Kwé m n’ākā. Shake my hand
 

 

Sí ébé à. Go/come this way.

 

Hụ (/F) nà íhé(/ife) níīlē (/níīnē) gàrà nkè ọmá. See to it that everything goes well
 

 

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LEARN IGBO – What to eat – Basic dialogue #6

Gini ka anyi ga eri?

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Deciding what to eat in Igbo

Basic dialogue between Chidera and her mother Amara.

Chidera:
 

Nne, gini ka anyị ga-eri n’abalị taa? Mum, what will we eat tonight?
Amara (Mother):
 

 Nwa m, anyị ga-eri  akara. My child, we will eat akara.
Chidera:
 

Mana, achoghi m akara. But, I don’t want akara.
Amara (Mother):
 

Ginikwanụ ka ị chọrọ iri? What (then)do you want to eat?
Chidera:
 

Achọrọ m iri utara. I want to eat utara.
Amara (Mother):
 

Ngwanu, a ga m esi utara. Ok then, I will cook utara

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LEARN IGBO: Daily Routine #5

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Tips for learning:

Sụọ Igbo

  1. Listen to the audio
  2. Listen to the audio again whilst following the Igbo text
  3. Once you think you’ve grasped the script, read the Igbo text aloud
  4. Interpret the text with the translation and keywords

DAILY ROUTINE

 

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Ụtụtụ ọma Good morning
Ibolachi Good morning
Ehihe ọma Good afternoon
Mgbede ọma Good evening
Abali ọma Good night
Ka chi fo Bye
Kọ di Bye
Kọ di echi Till tomorrow

WELCOME

 

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Ọlịaa Hello
Ibiago Welcome
Nnọọ Welcome

ASKING HOW ARE YOU

 

 

Kedu k’i mere (Kedu ka i mere)

Also (kedu k’i di)

How are you?
A di mma I’m fine
Ọdi mma It’s fine
Obi di m ụtọ i hu gi It’s nice to meet you
A hu be hu m gi ọtụtụ oge Long-time no see

PLEASE AND THANKS

 

 

Ịmeela Thank you
Daalụ Thank you
Ndo Sorry
Mba No
Ee/Oo Yes
Biko Please
Jis ike keep it up/stay well
Ngwanu OK

EXPRESSING UNDERSTANDING

 

 

Ị aghotara ihe m kwuru? Did you understand what I said?
Mba, aghotaghi m (ihe i kwuru) No I don’t understand wat you said
Ee, aghotara m (ihe i kwuru) Yes I understood what you said
Nyere m aka! Help me!

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