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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by ifyalways(f): 11:59am On Nov 11, 2012
afam4eva:
isn't Ohu buttocks? I thinkk pusssy is Otu.
yeah buttocks is either ike, otele or ohu. Puccie is either ikpu or otu.

How did we get here?choi cheesy
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by ifyalways(f): 12:03pm On Nov 11, 2012
afam4eva:
It means "White pusssy"..Btw, you're lying about everyone saying that in your hubby's village. What sort of village is that? Is it made of of perverts?
she might not be lying.
Otu ocha is an every day word in Mbano however, its used as an exclamation not derogatory or taken for direct translation.

Its used to express shock, surprise for both pleasant and unpleasant surprises.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by ifyalways(f): 12:19pm On Nov 11, 2012
ogugua88: What are the pronouns and some common verbs and negations?

I know:

a = I
i/gi = You
o = he/she/it
anyi = we
unu = You

I don't know "they". Some verbs I'd like to know are "be/to be", "can", "will", etc.

As per negations, is it always "ro"? As in, "o di ro nma" (it's not good)?
Pronouns
I = mu, m or m' and a (I'll talk about when to use each later)
You= gi,i
It/he/she= o, e
We= anyi
Them= ha
Our/ours= nke anyi.
Theirs = nke ha
Yours= nke gi
She= nke nwanyi
he= nke Nwoke
her/him= ya
Verbs
Be= bu
To be= i bu
Been= buru

Can= ga
Cannot= gaghi
* ga is most times used with an - .

Have= nwere
To have= i nwe
I have= m/e nwere m

Ghi and ro are the negations I can remember now.
Will and can are inter used.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 12:34pm On Nov 11, 2012
ogugua88:

Here's the app:
Amazing!!!
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by dubem3(m): 1:05pm On Nov 11, 2012
afam4eva:
It means DAD but can also be used to refer to one's husband or an elder.

literarily,nnanyi means our fada
used to be popular with homes where the man has more than one wife.
more recently,its been used for a variety of reasons as the users fancy dictates
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by dubem3(m): 1:06pm On Nov 11, 2012
afam4eva:
Translation: Badosky how far, why are you disrespecting someone

mkpari is literarily insult
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by dubem3(m): 1:14pm On Nov 11, 2012
ItsModella:
Where I'm from, we would say "kedu ife ina akpalili mmadu"

ife, ihe, ive - something (all na the same)
mkpali, mkpari - insult (same thing)
a major difference between pronouciation in the anambra and imo dialect is the exchange of L for R and F for H
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by dubem3(m): 1:16pm On Nov 11, 2012
meanwhile onye nkuzi any eze promo, ekene kwa'm gi
adimu mma gi julu eju na ayafu ayafu
udo diri gi
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 1:58pm On Nov 11, 2012
afam4eva:
It is: "Yem ya". I hope i got the spelling right. You can also adda little english to it: "Yem that thing"

Cool...
Nne yem this thing na
Or
Yem na otu grin
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by EzePromoe: 2:01pm On Nov 11, 2012
ogugua88:

Eze Promoe, you have another task lol.

In all seriousness, One_Naira, I don't know the kind of phone you use, but I have an Igbo app on my iPhone. I think the dialect is of Imo (I'm from Anambra), but I still find it helpful. There are visuals with proper accent marks, as well as pronunciations.
Sorry for my late reply. I'm just coming back from church service. Concerning what you said, my phone does not support Igbo words and besides what i'm teaching here is from my own knowledge of the standard Igbo language.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by dubem3(m): 2:15pm On Nov 11, 2012
ogugua88: What are the pronouns and some common verbs and negations?

I know:

a = I
i/gi = You
o = he/she/it
anyi = we
unu = You

I don't know "they". Some verbs I'd like to know are "be/to be", "can", "will", etc.

As per negations, is it always "ro"? As in, "o di ro nma" (it's not good)?

unu is plural for you ie refers to more than one person (if am not mistaken)
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Torch1(m): 2:48pm On Nov 11, 2012
Pls someone translate being to Igbo language for me.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by EzePromoe: 2:54pm On Nov 11, 2012
Torch1: Pls someone translate being to Igbo language for me.
ónyé
e.g supreme being ónyé di úkú
living being
ónyé di ndu
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Suchie(f): 3:06pm On Nov 11, 2012
ifyalways: she might not be lying.
Otu ocha is an every day word in Mbano however, its used as an exclamation not derogatory or taken for direct translation.

Its used to express shock, surprise for both pleasant and unpleasant surprises.

yeah yu r rite..we r from mbano.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Suchie(f): 3:07pm On Nov 11, 2012
am loving this thread...pls wat is Ara gi nkea bu ebe ano..
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Afam4eva(m): 3:17pm On Nov 11, 2012
Suchie: am loving this thread...pls wat is Ara gi nkea bu ebe ano..
\
Translation: This your breastt is the bomb

Btw, i hope you're not cheating on your husband...lol grin

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by EzePromoe: 4:26pm On Nov 11, 2012
I would like to throw more light on tonal structure. It's could be entangling sometimes.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by EzePromoe: 5:02pm On Nov 11, 2012
Do you still remember this, à, á, â. If you do then let's use the name, afam for example. But first let me describe as this letter sounds once again. Before, i used Igbo to describe how the pitch goes in Igbo words but now i'm going to use some words in other languages for your better understanding

Á, É, Í, Ó, Ú - These are sounds of high pitch tone. Check out for these examples. Watch the letters in the brackets and tell me whether they are of the same pitch. e.g
(a)mbush,
(A)ndrew,
K(a)no,
W(i)sdom,
Gh(a)na,
l(e)per,
Y(o)ghurt and so on.

À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù - These are sounds of low pitch tone. Watch the letters in the brackets. E.g
(a)m(a)l(a),
(A)s(a)b(a),
(o)gb(o)n(o),
(A)k(a)r(a),
(I)b(a)d(a)n and so on.

Â, Ê, Î, Ô, Û - These are known as downsteps. They are semi toned pitcher ie in between high and low. Check out this words on bracket. E.g
Igw(e) - king
ew(o) - exclaimation
Ageg(e) - In Lagos
Ojot(a) - In Lagos
Olokp(a) - Policeman
Olod(o) - Naughty person and so on.


From this lesson, i hope you know understand how Igbo tones are being structured. Now let's use the name 'Afam' as example. You know the arrival of the whitemen influenced our way of spelling. But in true Igbo language, the name 'Afam' is pronounced Áfàám with respect to tones. It means 'my name'.

Example 2
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Suchie(f): 5:12pm On Nov 11, 2012
afam4eva: \
Translation: This your breastt is the bomb

Btw, i hope you're not cheating on your husband...lol grin

Ah no nw...i learnt it from himm...lol
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 9:03pm On Nov 11, 2012
I love this thread. Thanks so much for the explanation, Eze Promoe. Very thorough. The different pronunciations was something I couldn't understand before. I'll be practicing tonight cool
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by OneNaira6: 9:28pm On Nov 11, 2012
ogugua88:

Eze Promoe, you have another task lol.

In all seriousness, One_Naira, I don't know the kind of phone you use, but I have an Igbo app on my iPhone. I think the dialect is of Imo (I'm from Anambra), but I still find it helpful. There are visuals with proper accent marks, as well as pronunciations.

Thank you. Just went to play store and googled Igbo. They even have an Igbo translated Bible. Wetin person no go see?


Random question to everyone, out of curiosity:
If the dialect of the app is in Imo, would it be alot harder to learn since Imo state Igbo is one of the harder part of Igbo?

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by StarFlux: 9:37pm On Nov 11, 2012
Interesting! How do you say computer in Igbo?
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Nobody: 9:38pm On Nov 11, 2012
For me, it's harder because I didn't hear that kind of Igbo when growing. It doesn't always sound familiar. It's also funny being Anambra and speaking Imo dialect to Anambrans. My parents always correct me quickly lol.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by ifyalways(f): 11:48pm On Nov 11, 2012
Torch1: Pls someone translate being to Igbo language for me.
depends on how its used in a sentence.

Being conjunction = maka

Being adjective = dika (from the verb to be)

Being noun= still trying to work it out. Onye does not really capture it.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by EzePromoe: 3:35am On Nov 12, 2012
ogugua88: I love this thread. Thanks so much for the explanation, Eze Promoe. Very thorough. The different pronunciations was something I couldn't understand before. I'll be practicing tonight cool
My pleasure, i wish you good luck in practising and i'll suggest to you to learn the Anambra dialect, it's the simplest and is almost similar to the central Igbo.

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Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by odumchi: 3:37am On Nov 12, 2012
ifyalways:
Being noun= still trying to work it out. Onye does not really capture it.

What about Eke?
Certain groups in Imo state call God "Eke kere uwa" meaning "the creature/being that created the world".
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Torch1(m): 6:15am On Nov 12, 2012
odumchi:

What about Eke?
Certain groups in Imo state call God "Eke kere uwa" meaning "the creature/being that created the world".
Eke is derived from Chin'EKE'? Okwa ya?
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by odumchi: 8:38am On Nov 12, 2012
Torch1:
Eke is derived from Chin'EKE'? Okwa ya?

O bu ya kama...
Ikè ekè (the verb) means "to create". Ekè (the noun) can also mean creation, creature, or being.
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 8:43am On Nov 12, 2012
ogugua88: For me, it's harder because I didn't hear that kind of Igbo when growing. It doesn't always sound familiar. It's also funny being Anambra and speaking Imo dialect to Anambrans. My parents always correct me quickly lol.
D app is fun!!!! I love d quiz, still practising tho! cheesy
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by nedu210(m): 11:52am On Nov 12, 2012
Eke kere uwa means the creator that created the world. Its just a praise name
odumchi:

What about Eke?
Certain groups in Imo state call God "Eke kere uwa" meaning "the creature/being that created the world".
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by EzePromoe: 12:10pm On Nov 12, 2012
Now if you all have understood this, then see this words and tell me the meaning:
1. Ígwê
2. Ìgwè
3. Ígwè
4. Ígwé
5. Àkàrà
6. Ákàrà
7. Ókpà
8. Òkpà
9. Ézê
10. Ézè


These questions are open question anyone can answer, Ezenwanyi inclusive. cry
Re: Igbo learning thread + Translator by Idowuogbo(f): 12:34pm On Nov 12, 2012
1= sky
2= dunno
3= dunno
4=king
5=dunno
6=
7= shocked
8= cry
9=teeth
10= elder/ king? lipsrsealed

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