A collection of useful phrases in Efik, a Benue–Congo language spoken in Cross River State in southern Nigeria
Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||Mọkọm
|How are you?||Idem fo?
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Idem mi ọsọñ|
|Long time no see||Ikut enyin|
|What's your name?||Ekere didie?|
|My name is ...||Enyin mi edi ...
Ekot mi ...
|Where are you from?||Oto mmọñ?|
|I'm from ...||Nto ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Enem mi ndi kut fi|
Emesiere nde (reply)
Esiere Nde (reply)
|Good luck!||Mfọn iso!|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know||Ndiọnọke|
|Do you understand?||Anwaña fi?|
|I understand||Anwaña mi|
|I don't understand||Inwañake mi|
|Please speak more slowly||Mbọk tin suñsuñ|
|Please say that again||Mbọk fiak tin ise|
|Please write it down||Mbọk wet|
|Do you speak English?||Emesem ikọ mbakara?|
|Do you speak Efik?||Emesem ikọ Efik?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Do you speak a language
other than Efik?
|Emesem usem efen akan ikọ Efik?|
|Speak to me in Efik||Tin ikọ Efik ye ami|
|How do you say ... in Efik?||Didie afo edọhọ ... ke usem Efik?
Ọdọgọ didie ... ke ikọ Efik?
|How much is this?||Okuk ifañ?
Akpa okuk ifañ?
Sọsọñọ eti eti
|Reply to thank you||Ọfọn o|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Wut mi itie ukeñ idem/esa uyere mmọñ?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Akparawa emi eye ekpe kpukpru|
|This lady will pay for everything||Nkaiferi emi eye ekpe kpukpru|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Eye enek unek ye ami?|
|I miss you||Itọñ fo ọdọñ mi|
|I love you||Mme ama fi|
|Get well soon||Kudọñọ aba|
|Leave me alone!||Sana mi yak!|
|Help!||Mbọk nwam mi!|
|Call the police!||Kot borisi!|
|One language is never enough||Usem kiet ikemke|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Ubom mi ọyọhọ ye nko|
Phrases and corrections provided by Fifi Edem and Grace Otu Edem
If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.
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