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Igbo learning thread + Translator by Eze Promoe: 11:50am On Nov 10, 2012
I had come across many Igbos who finds it difficult to read and write Igbo or even speak it. In this thread, i'm going to be pointing out the basics for learning the language. Non Igbos who are interested are welcomed also. Let's go there wink
To get your Igbo words/sentences translated to English and vice versa, click here
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Afam4eva(m): 11:54am On Nov 10, 2012
Great thread!!! What dialect will you be using. I think you should use Igbo Izugbe or any dialect from Anambra..
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 11:54am On Nov 10, 2012
Yay!!!!

How do u say "Fawck off" in ndigbo
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Afam4eva(m): 11:55am On Nov 10, 2012
Idowuogbo:
How do u say "Fawck off" in ndigbo
Isn't it the same thing as "get lost" or "Leave here".

It is: Si eba puo

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 11:58am On Nov 10, 2012
^ thanks afam!

Translate dis >>> "Me pe uzo"

Am guessing dat means close d door rite? lipsrsealed
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 11:59am On Nov 10, 2012
afam4eva:
Isn't it the same thing as "get lost" or "Leave here".

It is: Si eba puo
can "taa" be used in lieu of si eba puo?
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Afam4eva(m): 11:59am On Nov 10, 2012
Idowuogbo: ^ thanks afam!

Translate dis >>> "Me pe uzo"

Am guessing dat means close d door rite? lipsrsealed
No, it means open door.

Close door is "Mechie uzor"...there are other variations too e.g "Gbachie Uzor". I really don't know which one is the central Igbos. I speak Igbo anyhow.

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Afam4eva(m): 12:02pm On Nov 10, 2012
ondo_boi: can "taa" be used in lieu of si eba puo?
You can put "taa" in front of "si eba puo". Though it can stand alone and mean the same thing.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 12:06pm On Nov 10, 2012
How do you say 'give it to me!!!'
Asin, durin jamboree wink
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Afam4eva(m): 12:10pm On Nov 10, 2012
flanrey: How do you say 'give it to me!!!'
Asin, durin jamboree wink
It is: "Yem ya". I hope i got the spelling right. You can also adda little english to it: "Yem that thing"
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Eze Promoe: 12:12pm On Nov 10, 2012
LESSON 1
ABIIDII IGBO (IGBO ALPHABETS)

A - ah as in Anambra
B - bi " " Bisi
Ch - chi " " Chineke
D - di " " Chidi
E - air " " edward
F - fi " " fee
G - gi " " gideon
Gb - gbi " " Mgbidi
Gh - ghi " " Ughelli
Gw - gwi " " Ngwa
H - hi " " he
I - i " " garri
Ị - iih " " akị
J - ji " " orji
K - ki " " okiki
Kp - kpi " " akpi
Kw - kwi " " Ikwerre
L - li " " linda
M - mi " " remi
N - ni " " anini
Ñ - ñi " " añara (garden egg)
Nw - nwi " " nwababy
Ny - ny " " Onyinye
O - oh " " Oh
Ọ - or " " Or
P - pi " " Peter
R - ri " " Ribadu
S - si " " see
Sh - shi " " She
T - ti " " tinubu
U - u " " Buhari
Ụ - uh " " Usman
V - vi " " village
W - wi " " we
Y - ye " " yeye
Z - ze " " Zik

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Eze Promoe: 12:18pm On Nov 10, 2012
LESSON 2
ỤDA ASỤSỤ (SOUNDS)
Ụdaume (vowels)

a, i, o, u, e, ị, ọ, ụ
Mgbochiume (consonants)
b, ch, d, f, g, gb, gh, gw, h, j, k, kp, kw, l, m, n, ñ, nw, ny, p, r, s, sh, t, v, w, y, z.
Looking from what i wrote, there are 28 consonants and 8 vowels in the Abiidii making it it a total of 36 letters. Let's look at nasal sounds that affects the nose, they are
n, ñ, m, nw, ny
Words that involves pronouncation with stress are
ch, gb, gh, gw, kp, kw, nw, ny, sh
If you pronounce this letters, e go show for your face. cool

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Eze Promoe: 12:19pm On Nov 10, 2012
LESSON 3
UDAOLU (TONAL STRUCTURE)
Aha now we come to the chief tormentor in written Igbo. Many people avoid this in writting Igbo but we must treat it for the benefits of those learning for the first time.
1. Udaelu (hightone) e.g á, é, í, ó, ú as in ányá (eye)
2. Udaala (lowtone) e.g àlà (land)
3. Udansuda (downstep) e.g êkê (python)
[b]Usoro e si etinye ya (how it's been use)

There are 5 ways in which this tonal structures can be used;
1. Elu elu (high high) e.g éké (gizzard), áká (hand), ányá (eye), ákwá (weeping)
2. Elu ala (high low) e.g úlò (house), ézè (king), áfà (name), ákwà (cloth)
3. Ala elu (low high) e.g ìkó (cup), òké (rat), Èké (one of the Igbo market days), àkwá (egg)
4. Low low (ala ala) e.g Àlà (land), àgwà (character), àkpà (bag), àkwà (bed)
5. High step (elu nsuda) e.g ézê (teeth), ájâ (sand), Ígwê (ruler), égô (money)

Did you notice something? cool
The word 'Akwa' appeared in four tones with different meaning.
Go up to view again. Your questions will be welcomed now before i go further. cool

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Eze Promoe: 12:20pm On Nov 10, 2012
LESSON 4
ỌNỤỌGỤGỤ (NUMBERS)

1 - otu
2 - abụọ
3 - atọ
4 - anọ
5 - ise
6 - isii
7 - asaa
8 - asatọ
9 - iteghete
10 - iri
11 - iri na otu
15 - iri na ise
20 - iri abuọ
21 - iri abuọ na otu
25 - iri abuọ na ise
30 - iri atọ
40 - iri anọ
50 - iri ise
60 - iri isii
70 - iri asaa
80 - iri asatọ
90 - iri iteghete
100 - nari
101 - nari na otu
110 - nari na iri
125 - nari na iri abuọ na ise
200 - nari abuo
202 - nari abuọ na abụọ
250 - nari abuọ na iri ise
300 - nari atọ
400 - nari anọ
500 - nari ise
1,000 - otu puku
2,000 - puku abụọ
5,000 - puku ise
10,000 - puku iri
100,000 - nari puku
500,000 - puku nari ise
1,000,000 - nde
1,100,500 - otu nde, nari puku na nari ise
2,259,777 - nde abụọ, puku nari abụọ na iri ise na iteghete, nari asaa na iri asaa na asaa
5,000,000 - nde ise
1 billion - otu ijeri


Now, if you're non-Igbo and you've been following us, i want you to use that example and do this;
17, 36, 159, 2,500, 18,000 and 7 billion cool

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 12:21pm On Nov 10, 2012
Eze Promoe: LESSON 1
ABIIDII IGBO (IGBO ALPHABETS)

A - ah as in Anambra
B - bi " " Bisi
Ch - chi " " Chineke
D - di " " Chidi
E - air " " edward
how many alphabets does the igbo language has...?
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Eze Promoe: 12:23pm On Nov 10, 2012
Now we will go into translation but we'll be doing that as we forge ahead cool
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Eze Promoe: 12:26pm On Nov 10, 2012
ondo_boi: how many alphabets does the igbo language has...?
I'm not through yet i'm just reserving space so that it won't look untidy
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Eze Promoe: 12:29pm On Nov 10, 2012
afam4eva: Great thread!!! What dialect will you be using. I think you should use Igbo Izugbe or any dialect from Anambra..
i'm using Igbo Izugbe (central Igbo)

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Law-confessor(f): 12:29pm On Nov 10, 2012
afam4eva:
It is: "Yem ya". I hope i got the spelling right. You can also adda little english to it: "Yem that thing"

It is ""Nye m"" against "yem"


Dis thread is just funny....I am enjoying it

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 12:32pm On Nov 10, 2012
ondo_boi: can "taa" be used in lieu of si eba puo?
Loll... Taa Is d common slang I think!
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 12:34pm On Nov 10, 2012
afam4eva:
It is: "Yem ya". I hope i got the spelling right. You can also adda little english to it: "Yem that thing"
U forgot to include "ya"

As in... Can't u say " yem ya dat thing"?
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Afam4eva(m): 12:40pm On Nov 10, 2012
Idowuogbo:
U forgot to include "ya"

As in... Can't u say " yem ya dat thing"?
No you can't...Ya replaces dat thing in a way.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 12:42pm On Nov 10, 2012
Idowuogbo:
Loll... Taa Is d common slang I think!
afam4eva/eze promoe kindly answer, is "taa" a mere slang!?
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Afam4eva(m): 12:44pm On Nov 10, 2012
ondo_boi: afam4eva/eze promoe kindly answer, is "taa" a mere slang!?
More like a slang. Though it means "get out"
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by ifyalways(f): 2:23pm On Nov 10, 2012
ondo_boi: can "taa" be used in lieu of si eba puo?
You can say "Taa gbafuo" . That exactly means fvck off.

Leave here / Si ebe a puo is NOT for razz people like Idowu. Lol
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by ifyalways(f): 2:29pm On Nov 10, 2012
ondo_boi: afam4eva/eze promoe kindly answer, is "taa" a mere slang!?
taa on its own is a slang .

It can be used in a conversation to say :
No
I dare you
Fvck it

It can also be a prefix to
Get lost = taa gbafuo

You can't do shyte= taa o nwero ihe i ga- eme
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by ifyalways(f): 2:40pm On Nov 10, 2012
Eze Promoe, ndewoo . Aka oru gi ebe a di nma.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 4:46pm On Nov 10, 2012
afam4eva:
No you can't...Ya replaces dat thing in a way.
Oh.. My bad!

I got loads I need help wiv... I find it a bit difficult to read sometimes but! I understand a few bits and bobs going by facial expression.LOL

Can sum1 translate dis>> Badosky kedu ihe ina-akpariri mmadu? Now d only tin I can pick up here is, my name and abuse? embarassed
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 4:46pm On Nov 10, 2012
ifyalways: Eze Promoe, ndewoo . Aka oru gi ebe a di nma.
Translate angry
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 4:47pm On Nov 10, 2012
Idowu, where did you learn Igbo sef?
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 4:48pm On Nov 10, 2012
ItsModella: Idowu, where did you learn Igbo sef?
Friends and fams
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 4:49pm On Nov 10, 2012
Idowuogbo:
Friends and fams
your fam is igbo?

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