Learn About Money in Igbo

In Igbo language money is called ego

ụlọ ego means bank

akwụkwọ ego means bank notes

aghirigha ego means coins

ahia means market

ego ahia means money to be used in the market

agara mụ ahia means I went to the market

zuta means buy

ihe means something

zuta ihe means buy something

azutara mụ ihe meaning I bought something

re means sell or re ihe means sell something

achọrọ mụ izu means I want to buy

kwe ọnu  means price it or say your price

o di ọnu means the price is high

o di ọnu mma means the price is okay

kwuo ugwo or kwuo ego means pay or pay what you owe or pay money

 

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Learn About Motor Vehicles in Igbo

In English motor vehicle means something used to transport people or goods.
In Igbo language motor vehicle means moto or ụgbọ.

In English language land means ala in Igbo language.
In English language high up or high in the air means elu in Igbo language.
In English language water means mmịrị in Igbo language.

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When someone says in Igbo language ụgbọ ala, the person is referring to those vehicles that run on the land such as lorries, vans, buses but mostly the person is referring to cars.

When someone says in Igbo language ụgbọ elu, the person is referring to those vehicles that run on air such as helicopters, aircrafts, jets but mostly the person is referring to aeroplanes.

When someone says in Igbo language ụgbọ mmịrị, the person is referring to those vehicles that run on water, sea or ocean such as boats, yachts, ferries but mostly the person is referring to ships.

 

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Learn the Use of “wete” or “weta” in Igbo

In Igbo language wete, weta, bute, nye or nyem means the same thing which is bring, even though some people may argue that nye is give, while nyem or nye mụ is give me, however using any of them to signify bring is appropriate. Thus, wetara mụ or nye mụ means give me or bring me.

Being that you’re learning simple Igbo language, it is better for you to use wete or weta all the time because everybody will understand you clearly instead of trying to mix it with bute or nye. Or even butere mụ or nye mụ

Wete or weta is used many times, over and over in Igbo language. Sometimes some people may put biko in front of wete or weta to complete a sentence. Biko wete means please bring or give.

Bring money = wete ego or please bring money = biko wete ego.

Bring comb = wete mbo or please bring comb = biko wete mbo.

Bring food = wete ri or please bring food = biko wete ri.

Bring me salt = wetere mụ nnu or please give me salt = biko wetere mụ nnu.

Bring me a plate = wetara mụ efere or please give me a plate = biko wetara mụ efere.

Give me pepper = wetere mụ ose or please bring me pepper = biko wetere mụ ose.

Bring a hat = wete okpu or please bring a hat = biko wete okpu.

With wete, weta, wetara mụ or wetere mụ  you can get away with mixing the word in Igbo and English.

For example, a mixture with Igbo and English that can be understood:  wete rice = bring rice or please bring rice = biko wete rice.

Another mixture with Igbo and English  that can be understood:  wete orange = bring orange or please bring orange = biko wete orange.

Bring me a cup = wetere mụ iko or please bring me a cup = biko wetere mụ cup.

Give me a pot = wetara mụ pot or please give me a pot = biko wetara mụ ite.

If I say wete mbo what did I mean?
Well, what I mean here is bring a comb.

What of weta ri, this means bring food.

Now figure out the following by looking above:

What is wete okpu?

What is weta iko?

What is wete ose?

What is weta efere?

What is wete ego?

What is wete nnu?

 

 

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Learn the Use of “na” in Igbo

In Igbo Language “na” is used many times, the same way and, at, be, in, on, with are normal used in English Language.

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John, Glory and Peter

In English you would say: John, Glory and Peter
In Igbo you would say: John, Glory na Peter

You can use na to join or connect words, the same way and, at, be, in, on, with are used

John, Glory and Peter are sitting on a bench
John, Glory na Peter nọna benchi

John wearing shirt, tie, trouser and shoe
John yi uwe elu, eriri olu, uwe ukwu na agbalukwu

Glory wearing dress and shoe
Glory yi uwe ruru ala na agbalukwu

Peter wearing similar clothe as John
Peter yi uwe dika nke John

Nna mụ na nne gara ahia
The above in Igbo means below in English
My father and mother went to the market

Bona na Ngozi riri ri
The above in Igbo means below in English
Bona with Ngozi ate the food or
Bona and Ngozi ate the food

Thus, the above is a small demonstrate on how you can use “na” to join or connect words.
Evidently
you can see how “na” is used in various sentences and how important it is in Igbo Language.

 

 

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Learn the Use of “ya” in Igbo

 

In Igbo language ya can mean a person, the person, his, hers or it can equally mean him or her.
Like other words in Igbo Language, when ya is used, the item or the name of the thing should be said first

For example in English: This is John’s hand
In Igbo you would say: aka John

In English: This is his hat
In Igbo: Okpu ya

In English: Leave him
In Igbo: Hapụ ya

In English: Leave him alone
In Igbo: Hapụ ya aka

In English: Her name is Ngozi
In Igbo: Aha ya bụ Ngozi

In English: Give him food
In Igbo: nye ya ri

In English: He should Come in
In Igbo: ya bata

The above is to demonstrate how “ya” is used in various sentences.

Now what do I mean by the following:

aka ya This means his or her hand (if you look at the human parts aka means hand)

moto ya This means his or her car (if you look at motor vehicle moto means car)

nye ite This means give pot (if you look at names of items you will ite as pot)

Mazi Obi bata (ya bata) This means Mr Obi should come in or he should come.

azu ya This means his/her or their fish and can equally mean his or her back.

uwe ya This means his or her clothe

nye ya na John azu This means give him, her or them and John fish

Clearly you can see how “ya” is used in various sentences and how important it is in Igbo Language.

 

 

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Learn the Use of “kedụ” in Igbo

 

Kedụ is a word that has flexible usage or meaning.

In Igbo greetings kedụ can be used as hello or how are you?

Kedụ can be used as what, like kedụ maka ụmụ meaning what of children?

kedụ can be used as where, like kedụ ibe di gị gara meaning where did your husband go?

kedụ can be used as when, like kedụ ngbe John gara meaning when did John go?

kedụ can be used as how, like kedụ ngbe omere meaning how did it happen?

kedụ can be used as who, like kedụ onye mere ya meaning who did it?

kedụ can be used as which, like kedụ nke bụ nke gị meaning which of these are yours?

Obviously, you can see how “kedụ” is used in various ways and knowing how to use it well will be an asset to you which you can manipulate during communications if you run short of words to use.

 

 

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Learn to Write a Letter in Igbo Language

In Igbo language, letters can normally be composed the same way they are composed in English language. The salutation, attention, closing remark, signature, etc., on average they are the same in formula but the only difference is that the letter is written in Igbo language.

See examples below:

        A Letter Written in Igbo

          Mazi (Mz) Johnson Igboaha
          19 Holding Road
          Hitching
          London EC10 5FB

25 Ọnwa iri 2006

Dem Uche Igboaha
2500 Works Layout
Owerri,
Imo State
Nigeria

Dem Uche Igboaha,

Kedụ ka imere na nde ibegị? Echem onu di mma?

Ihe mere ngi ede akwụkwọ nu bụ achurumu ilo ụlọ na Ekesmesi. Achurumu ka iba na Ọnwa iri na abụọ cheremu na Port Harcourt ebe ụlọ ụgbọ elu na kwụsị nge okru awa anọ na nkeji ọgụ abụọ na ise.

Ag mụ edre gị akwụkwọdu mgbe oge bira nso.

Ka omesia.

Nwanne gị nwoke
Johnson Igboaha

 

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      The Same Letter Written in English

          Mr Johnson Igboaha
          19 Holding Road
          Hitching
          London EC10 5FB

25 October 2006

Mr Uche Igboaha
2500 Works Layout
Owerri,
Imo State
Nigeria

Dear Uche Igboaha,

How are you doing and your family? I am sure everything is okay?

The reason why I am writing this letter is that I want to come home for Christmas. I would like you to come and wait for me on 15 December at the Port Harcourt airport for my arrival at 4.45pm.

I will write to you again when the time is nearer .

Goodbye...

Your brother
Johnson Igboaha

 

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