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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by illicit(m): 5:00am On Aug 02
Kwa languages are tonal.
Yoruba and Igbo
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by LadySarah(f): 5:06am On Aug 02
Very useless thread.You opened it to celebrate yourself that you can't speak your language so others will affirm it.

Open your mouth and speak sense into your lives.
Igbo isn't difficult. It is the same with all other languages. Just say you are in an environment where they speak adulterated Igbo.

Go to commercial cities in the south east and see non indigenes that came in their adult hood speak Igbo without mixing it anything.Even my cousins abroad come home speaking it perfectly.

And who told you Yoruba and Hausa movies don't combine English in there's? Sit down and watch their movies especially Yoruba and take notes.

Proverbs is our oil, it drives our message home. Abeg take your L in peace.

Dinta anaghi akocha Ihe n'ile ohuru n'ohia.

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Brachaa: 5:44am On Aug 02
Op, since when did "what" become 'kedu"?

What > gini

As the "toners", which i believe is also word stress" Yoruba's too have them in words like

Obe - knife
Obe - soup
Obe - meat


Owo hand
Owo money

Ewa beans
Ewa beauty


Im sure other languages too share in thiw toners and it doesn't really make them really difficult if the learner is serious about it.

Also life listening to tapes on pronunciation practices will help you learn faster understand better. Its just like diction learning. Same same.

I wish to learn Hausa though but... Ive not really seen the need for it now thats why I'm a bit retracted from learning it.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by HomerTimpson: 7:46am On Aug 02
Arrewa:
Igbo is the most simplest language to learn
I learn how to speak igbo fluently within 2yrs
NWA
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by HomerTimpson: 7:53am On Aug 02
Brachaa:
Op, since when did "what" become 'kedu"?

What > gini

As the "toners", which i believe is also word stress" Yoruba's too have them in words like

Obe - knife
Obe - soup
Obe - meat


Owo hand
Owo money

Ewa beans
Ewa beauty


Im sure other languages too share in thiw toners and it doesn't really make them really difficult if the learner is serious about it.

Also life listening to tapes on pronunciation practices will help you learn faster understand better. Its just like diction learning. Same same.

I wish to learn Hausa though but... Ive not really seen the need for it now thats why I'm a bit retracted from learning it.
there are many more bro,leave the bigot OP to be forming tribalistic delusion of grandeur
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Rgade: 7:54am On Aug 02
Igbo language is very idiomatic and academic.
It's not very arbitrary.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Balogunodua(m): 8:52am On Aug 02
Kamanuozuzu:


I have never seen any non-Igbo that speaks Igbo language fluently. It's impossible. But many Igbos can speak other languages (eg Hausa, Yoruba) very fluently.
Which yoruba can Igbos speak fluently? can Igbos speak the Okun Yoruba? Owo Yoruba? ilaje yoruba? Awori Yoruba? Egba Yoruba? etc

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Ikennamurphy: 9:25am On Aug 02
Balogunodua:

Which yoruba can Igbos speak fluently? can Igbos speak the Okun Yoruba? Owo Yoruba? ilaje yoruba? Awori Yoruba? Egba Yoruba? etc
Must they speak the dialectical Yorubas.. Atleast they speak the central yoruba which is mostly the one spoken by the original Yorubas of Oyo state, Oyo state Yoruba is the original yoruba and as long as people speak it they don't need to learn those other yoruba dialects

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Olatara(f): 9:47am On Aug 02
Balogunodua:

Which yoruba can Igbos speak fluently? can Igbos speak the Okun Yoruba? Owo Yoruba? ilaje yoruba? Awori Yoruba? Egba Yoruba? etc
And Ijebu grin
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by pquaver(m): 9:52am On Aug 02
OruExpress:


you dont know what is borrow and what isnt. For example, baba is not yoruba.

but atleast is not English.. Go and listen to atleast 10 yoruba people at random speak and what how long it will take before you hear and English word and then try it for Igbo too.. The result will amaze you.. To help too toggle between African magic Igbo and yoruba for 2hrs and come back with your result..

I do not know what borrow is and you brought baba did you not see where I wrote English words? How did baba enter there? Or do you have comprehension problem?
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by pquaver(m): 9:55am On Aug 02
Olatara:
And Ijebu grin
I know lots of Igbos in lagos who speak these core yoruba dialects and even write them well.. Victor was born and bred in lagos and does business there.. So he has transversed the south west well.. It's even elderly yoruba who told me that.. "This one is no longer igbo" they said to me, but the amazing thing is Victor is also very good in igbo and also speaks his dialect.. He comes from ebonyi state.

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by pquaver(m): 9:59am On Aug 02
HomerTimpson:
there are many more bro,leave the bigot OP to be forming tribalistic delusion of grandeur

Gini ka e na eme? = what are you doing?
Kedu / kedi ihe nwa ahu na ataa? What is that child eating?

Kedu can also be what in Igbo..

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by gungab(m): 10:06am On Aug 02
Common Meenh!

I just want to code mix with Igbo language
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by oglalasioux(m): 12:26pm On Aug 02
Don't forget the countless dialects.

In Ebonyi State alone, there are almost a new dialect per local government with Ishielu LGA leading the pack with at least 10 different dialects. Thankfully, every Igbo man understand and speaks the Onitsha dialect which is closet to the generally spoken Igbo language.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by PharmD911: 1:00pm On Aug 02
pquaver:
but atleast is not English.. Go and listen to atleast 10 yoruba people at random speak and what how long it will take before you hear and English word and then try it for Igbo too.. The result will amaze you.. To help too toggle between African magic Igbo and yoruba for 2hrs and come back with your result..

I do not know what borrow is and you brought baba did you not see where I wrote English words? How did baba enter there? Or do you have comprehension problem?

You guys are losing your culture already. Can you imagine, your indigenous movies cannot speak Igbo for 2hrs without adding English? lol.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by lereinter(m): 1:19pm On Aug 02
Go and live in ibo land you will understand the language
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by pquaver(m): 1:44pm On Aug 02
PharmD911:


You guys are losing your culture already. Can you imagine, your indigenous movies cannot speak Igbo for 2hrs without adding English? lol.

It not a mock or joke thing.. We are not losing our culture because we have lots of core speakers but I a just pointing out difficulties in the language that even native speakers face.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Balogunodua(m): 2:10pm On Aug 02
Ikennamurphy:

Must they speak the dialectical Yorubas.. Atleast they speak the central yoruba which is mostly the one spoken by the original Yorubas of Oyo state, Oyo state Yoruba is the original yoruba and as long as people speak it they don't need to learn those other yoruba dialects
Which one is original Yoruba? Do you know that even in same Oyo state there are different types of Yoruba? You can only tell that Lagos Yoruba is the easiet to learn.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Balogunodua(m): 2:12pm On Aug 02
Olatara:
And Ijebu grin
grin grin
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Bahamas95: 2:55pm On Aug 02
pquaver:
I think Igbo is actually the hardest of the 3 main Nigeria languages.. As a native Igbo speaker I cannot speak igbo for 20 mins to 30 mins without English words creeping in to better describe my point or convey my idea. But I watch with amusement as yorubas and hausas speak for about an 1hr and they will not borrow from English.. I thought I was the only one but when I noticed lots of older Igbos, African magic Igbo and lots of people do same things unlike our yoruba and hausa counterparts.. Then I knew that Igbo is hard even for native speakers talkless learner.
I think it's the same thing with Igbo and Yoruba. There's always that fusion of English, you can attest to that in their movies..... Whenever you watch a Yoruba or Igbo movie they speak YORUGLISH or ENLIGBO through out. I don't know if they are forming posh or something.

The only language I have heard native speakers speak without or little fusion of English for lengthy periods is Hausa.

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by OruExpress: 5:09pm On Aug 02
pquaver:
but atleast is not English.. Go and listen to atleast 10 yoruba people at random speak and what how long it will take before you hear and English word and then try it for Igbo too.. The result will amaze you.. To help too toggle between African magic Igbo and yoruba for 2hrs and come back with your result..

I do not know what borrow is and you brought baba did you not see where I wrote English words? How did baba enter there? Or do you have comprehension problem?

lol at 'but at least its not english'. Nna go and learn Igbo or leave it alone. You're very intent on saying what you're saying, true or false, but ultimately your solution will be to learn Igbo.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by LadySarah(f): 5:16pm On Aug 02
OruExpress:


lol at 'but at least its not english'. Nna go and learn Igbo or leave it alone. You're very intent on saying what you're saying, true or false, but ultimately your solution will be to learn Igbo.

Don't mind him.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by BlueBanana: 7:17pm On Aug 02
LadySarah:
Very useless thread.You opened it to celebrate yourself that you can't speak your language so others will affirm it.

Open your mouth and speak sense into your lives.
Igbo isn't difficult.
It is the same with all other languages. Just say you are in an environment where they speak adulterated Igbo.

Go to commercial cities in the south east and see non indigenes that came in their adult hood speak Igbo without mixing it anything.Even my cousins abroad come home speaking it perfectly.

And who told you Yoruba and Hausa movies don't combine English in there's? Sit down and watch their movies especially Yoruba and take notes.

Proverbs is our oil, it drives our message home. Abeg take your L in peace.

Dinta anaghi akocha Ihe n'ile ohuru n'ohia.
You could have made this point better by writing this whole post in Igbo
Just saying

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by duro4chang(m): 8:00pm On Aug 02
All you have said here is not peculiar to Igbo language. Yoruba language is like that too.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by dprpikin: 8:05pm On Aug 02
oglalasioux:
Don't forget the countless dialects.

In Ebonyi State alone, there are almost a new dialect per local government with Ishielu LGA leading the pack with at least 10 different dialects. Thankfully, every Igbo man understand and speaks the Onitsha dialect which is closet to the generally spoken Igbo language.

Which Onitsha are you talking about?

The purest form of Igbo language is spoken in Aba, followed by Owerri/Orlu.

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by dprpikin: 8:15pm On Aug 02
Bahamas95:
I think it's the same thing with Igbo and Yoruba. There's always that fusion of English, you can attest to that in their movies..... Whenever you watch a Yoruba or Igbo movie they speak YORUGLISH or ENLIGBO through out. I don't know if they are forming posh or something.

The only language I have heard native speakers speak without or little fusion of English for lengthy periods is Hausa.

You should know that Hausa language has a lot of adaptions from other languages-- notably Arabic and even English languages.

English language itself owes it's versatility to its overwhelming adaptations from Latin and French languages. I would dare say that more than half of the English words in use today does not originate from the native speakers.

Igbo language, on the other hand, is very rigid.

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Bahamas95: 8:19pm On Aug 02
dprpikin:


You should know that Hausa language has a lot of adaptions from other languages-- notably Arabic and even English languages.

English language itself owes it's versatility to its overwhelming adaptations from Latin and French languages. I would dare say that more than half of the English words in use today does not originate from the native speakers.

Igbo language, on the other hand, is very rigid.
Thanks for the enlightenment, noted.

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Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by LadySarah(f): 8:26pm On Aug 02
BlueBanana:
You could have made this point better by writing this whole post in Igbo Just saying
Onye ka I wu? Onye MA gi? I by onye? Enyi jee nodu odu!
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by BlueBanana: 8:27pm On Aug 02
LadySarah:


Onye ka I wu? Onye MA gi? I by onye?
Enyi jee nodu odu!

Much better.
I enjoy your Igbo
Nwanyi oma
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by angelfallz(m): 8:36pm On Aug 02
No language is hard to learn.
There has to be tangible reasons for learning the language, unless you would get frustrated.
Re: Why The IGBO Language is Particularly Hard To Learn by Danzysb(m): 8:39pm On Aug 02
Igbo ga-adi o!

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