A collection of useful phrases in Igbo, a Volta-Niger language spoken in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea by about 18 million people.
|English||Ásụ̀sụ̀ Ìgbò (Igbo)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Ndeewo|
|How are you?||Kedụ?
Kee ka ị mee?
Olee otu i mere?
Kedụ ka ọ dị?
Kedụ ka ị mere?
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Ọ di mụ mma
A di mụ mma
|Long time no see||Anya ịị
Anya n'ibie (reply)
Anya n'ibe ya (reply)
|What's your name?||Kedụ aha gị?
Kedụ afa gị?
|My name is ...||Aha m bụ ...
Afa m bụ ...
|Where are you from?||Onye ebee ka ị bụ?|
|I'm from ...||A bụ m onye ...
E si m ...
|Pleased to meet you||Nnọọ
|Ị bọọla chi (How did you wake?)
Ị saala chị
Ị pụtakwaa ọfụma
Ị larụkwaa ọfụma
|Good night||Ka chi foo
Ka ọ bọọ (reply)
Ka ọ dị (see you)
Ka ọ dị echi (see you tomorrow)
|Good luck!||Ya gaziere gị
Nwee chi ọma
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Mma mma nụ!|
|Have a nice day||Ya gaziere gị taa
(May it go well for you today)
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Rie nke ọma
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I understand||Aghọtara m
|I don't understand||Aghọtaghị m
|I don't know||Amaghị m
|Please speak more slowly||Biko jịrị nwayọ kwuo okwu|
|Please say that again||Biko, kwuo ịhe ahụ ọzọ|
|Please write it down||Biko detuo ya|
|Do you speak English?||Ị na-asụ Bekee?
Ị na-asụ oyibo?
|Do you speak Igbo?||Ị na-asụ Igbo?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Eee, a na m asụ obele Igbo
Eee, a na m asụ ntakịrị Ịgbo
|Speak to me in Igbo||Sụọrọ m Igbo
Sụọlụ m ịgbo
Gwam okwu n'Igbo
|How do you say ... in Igbo?||Kedụ ịfe ana akpọ ... n'asụsụ Igbo?
Kedụ ịhe ana akpọ ... N'asụsụ Igbo?
Kedụ ka e si ekwu ... n'asụsụ ịgbo?
Gịnị ka a na-akpọ ... n'Igbo?
|Excuse me||Biko chere (for attention)
Biko, chetụ (for attention)
Biko, iwe e wela gị (begging pardon)
Biko, e wel iwe (begging pardon)
|How much is this?||Ego ole ka ihe a bụ?
Egọ one ka ịfe a bụ?
Ihe a ọ bụ ego ole?
Gbaghara m (Forgive me)
Gbaghalụ m (Forgive me)
|Thank you||Ị meela
|Reply to thank you||Nsogbu adịghịị
Nsogbu adịrọọ (No worries)
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Ebee ka ụlọ mposi dị?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Ezi Nwoke a ga-akwụ ụgwọ ịhe niile|
|This lady will pay for everything||Ezi nwanyị a ga-akwụ ụgwọ ịhe niile|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Ị chọrọ ka mụ na gị gbaa egwu?|
|I miss you||Obi gị na-eme m|
|I love you||A hụrụ m gị n’anya
A fụlụ m gị n'anya
|Get well soon||Ndo
Gbakee ngwa ngwa
|Go away!||Pụọ ebe a!
Si ebe a pụọ!
Si m n'iru pụọ!
|Leave me alone!||Hapụ m aka!
Rapụ m aka!
Haa m aka!
|Help!|| Nyere m aka!
A chọrọ m enyemaka!
Nyelụ m aka!
|Call the police!||Kpọọ ndị uwe ojii!|
|Christmas greetings||Ekene Ekeresimesi|
|New Year greetings||Ekene afọ ọhụụ
Ekene arọ ọfụụ
|Easter greetings||Ekene mbilite ọnwụ Kristi|
|Birthday greetings||Ekene ncheta ọmụmụ|
Ị nwaka! (you've done well)
Unu anwaka! (you (plural) have done well)
|One language is never enough||Otu asụsụ anaghị ezu Ofu asụsụ anarọ ezu|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Azụ juputara na hovercraft m
Azụ juputara n'ụgbọ ikuku m
In Igbo tradition there are no specific greetings for afternoon and evening - ndeewo or daalụ are the traditional Igbo greetings during the day. Mgbedeọma / ụtụtụọma / ehihieọma are a modern trend by some people who made literal translations of the English greetings good morning / good afternoon / good evening).
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