A collection of useful phrases in Igbo, a Volta-Niger language spoken in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea by about 18 million people.
|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||Anya ị
|What's your name?||Kedu aha gị?|
|My name is ...||Aham bu ...|
|Where are you from?||Ebee ka i si?|
|I'm from ...||Esi m na ...
M si ...
|Pleased to meet you||Ọ dị m obi ụtọ izute gị|
|Good night||Ka chi fo|
Ka ọ dị (see you)
Ka ọ dị echi (see you tomorrow)
|Good luck!||Ihe oma diri|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day||Daalụ nwee ọmarịcha ụbọchị!|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Rie nke ọma|
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I understand||Awotara m|
|I don't understand||Aghotaghi m|
|I don't know||A marọ m|
|Please speak more slowly||Biko, jiri nwayo kwuo okwu|
|Please say that again||Biko, kwuo ihe i kwuru ozo|
|Please write it down||Biko, dee ya ebe a|
|Do you speak English?||Ị na asụ Beke?|
|Do you speak Igbo?||Ị na-asụ Igbo?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|A na mu asu nwa ntiti Igbo|
|Speak to me in Igbo||Gwa mu ya na asusu Igbo|
|How do you say ... in Igbo?||Kedu ife ana akpo ... na asusu Igbo?|
|Excuse me||Biko, chetu (for attention)
Biko, e wel iwe (begging pardon)
|How much is this?||Ego ole ka ihe a di?|
|Thank you||Ịmela; dalụ|
|Reply to thank you||Ndewo|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Ke ebe mkpochi di?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Ezi nwoke a ga-akwụ ụgwọ ihe nile|
|This lady will pay for everything||Ezi nwanyị a ga-akwụ ụgwọ ihe nile|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Ka anyị gba egwu|
|I miss you||Agụụ gị na-agụ m|
|I love you||A hụrụ m gị n’anya|
|Get well soon||Gbakee ngwa ngwa|
|Go away!||Puo n'ebe a!|
|Leave me alone!||Hafum aka!|
|Call the police!||Kpoo ndi uwe ojii!|
|Christmas greetings||Anụlị ekeresimesi|
|New Year greetings||Anụlị arọ ọfụụ|
|Birthday greetings||Anụlị ụbọsị ọmụmụ|
|One language is never enough||Otu asụsụ anaghị ezu|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Hovercraft m juputara azu arira|
Corrections, additions and recordings by Nkiruka Obi of Igbo Conversation Hour, Ann Okuefuna, Charles Njoku and Ijeoma Akubue.
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