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Useful phrases in Igbo

A collection of useful phrases in Igbo, a Volta-Niger language spoken in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea by about 18 million people.

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English igbo (Igbo)
Welcome Nno
Hello (General greeting) Kedụ
How are you? Kedụ
Kedụ ka ọ dị
Kedụ ka ịmere
Reply to 'How are you?' Ọ di mụ mma
A di mụ mma
Long time no see
What's your name? Kèdú áhà gị́?
My name is ... Áhàm bụ̀ ...
Áfàm bụ̀ ...
Where are you from? Olee ebe i si?
I'm from ... Esi m na ...
Pleased to meet you Ndewo
Obi dị m ụtọ ịmata onye ị bụ
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ütütü öma
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Oga diri gị (reply)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Oga diri gị (reply)
Good night Ka chi fo
(Parting phrases)
Ka omesia
Ka o di echi (see you tomorrow)
Good luck Ihe oma diri
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Mma manu!
Have a nice day Nwee ọmarịcha ụbọchị!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
I don't understand À ghọ́tàghìm
I don't know A marọ m
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? I na sú Bèké?
Do you speak Igbo? Ị na-asụ igbo?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Igbo
How do you say ... in Igbo?
Excuse me Biko, chètú (for attention)
Biko, é weli íwé (begging pardon)
How much is this? Égó olé ka Ihe á di?
Sorry Ndo
Please Biko
Thank you Ịmela; dalụ
Reply to thank you Ndewo
Where's the toilet? Ké ébé ḿkpóchí dì?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone! Hafum áká!
Help! Nye aka!
Fire! Ọkụ!
Stop! Kwụsi!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings Aňụlị ekeresimesi
Aňụlị arọ ọfụụ
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Aňụlị ụbọsị ọmụmụ
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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