Learn Igbo

Learn Simple Igbo

Learning simple Igbo is an extract from Learn Simple Igbo book. The whole stuff is the same as those in the book but the book slightly unique through graphics and in depth faculty including the recent added DVD.

It is the case that some people prefer learning from the computer while others prefer learning from the book.

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Learn Simple Igbo Book & DVD

Learn Igbo Alphabet

Learning Igbo Numbers

Learn Human Parts in Igbo

Learn Animals Names in Igbo

Learn Fruits Names in Igbo

Learn Insects Names in Igbo

Learn Plants Names in Igbo

Learn Foods and Drinks Names in Igbo

Learn Some Items’ Names in Igbo

The Obi’s Family

Learn the Use of “wete or weta” in Igbo

Learn the Use of “na” in Igbo

Learn the Use of “ya” in Igbo

Learn the Use of “kedụ” in Igbo

Learn to Write a Letter in Igbo

Learn Igbo Greetings

Learn About Money Matters in Igbo

Learn About Vehicles in Igbo

Learn Igbo Market Days

Learn Some Everyday Igbo Words

 

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Igbo Language Education
Learn Igbo Through Sounds

 

Learn Igbo Letters of the Alphabet

The first thing about learning a language would be the alphabets of the language.

In Igbo Language, there are about 36 letters of the alphabet:

A a 

B b

CH ch

 D d

 E e

 F f

 G g

GB  gb

GH  gh

  GW gw

H h

I i

Ị ị

 J j

K k

KP kp

KW  kw

L l

 M m

N n

Ń ń

NW nw

NY ny

O o

Ọ ọ

P p

R r

S s

SH sh

T t

  U u

Ụ ụ

V v

W w

Y y

Z z

 

In Igbo alphabets:

a    sounds like annual, apple

b   sounds like bee, become, behave

ch   sounds like church, chapel, chalk

d   sounds like deed, dig, diego

e sounds like ate, egg, effort

f sounds like field, fish, finish

g sounds like gear, girl, give

gb sounds like Igbo, fargboo

gh sounds like neighbour, cough, ghetto,

gw sounds like gwent, quash,

h sounds like hen, hair, hear

i sounds like ear, either, eaglet

sounds like information, ignorant, ignition

j sounds like jail, jam, jack

k sounds like caught, colour, clutch, cough, kernel

kp sounds like repute, catapult, markup

kw sounds like quote, quick, question

l sounds like leg, late, live

m sounds like more, mad, male

n sounds like no, note, nil

ń sounds like rung, gong, song

nw sounds like went, wench, wept

ny sounds like pony, funny, Ronny

o sounds like orange, owe, oat

sounds like Austin, augment, automatic

p sounds like pay, peas, pocket

r sounds like report, reproduce, research

s sounds like send, said, sue

sh sounds like ship, sure, shall

t sounds like tea, till, tee, thief

u sounds like push, shoe, spoon, woof

sounds like talk, pork, rock, pouf

v sounds like victor, Vicky, vehicle

w sounds like welt, way, width

y sounds like year, yell, yeast

z sounds like zero, zoo, zone

 

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Learning Igbo Numbers

0
adigi

1
otu

2
abụọ

3
atọ

4
anọ

5
ise

6
isii

7
asaa

8
asato

9
itoolu

10
iri

11
iri na otu

12
iri na abụọ

13
iri na atọ

14
iri na
anọ

15
iri na ise

16
iri na isii

17
iri na asaa

18
iri na
asato

19
iri na
itoolu

20
ogụ

21
ogụ na otu

22
ogụ na
abụọ

23
ogụ na
atọ

24
ogụ na
anọ

25
ogụ na
ise

26
ogụ na
isii

27
ogụ na
asaa

28
ogụ na
asato

29
ogụ na
itoolu

30
ogụ na iri

31
ogụ na iri na otu

32
ogụ na iri na abụọ

33
ogụ na iri na atọ

34
ogụ na iri na anọ

35
ogụ na iri na ise

36
ogụ na iri na isii

37
ogụ na iri na asaa

38
ogụ na iri na asato

39
ogụ na iri na itoolu

40
ogụ abụọ

41
ogụ abụọ na otu

42
ogụ abụọ na  abụọ

43
ogụ abụọ na atọ

44
ogụ abụọ na anọ

45
ogụ abụọ na ise

46
ogụ abụọ na isii

47
ogụ abụọ na asaa

48
ogụ abụọ na asato

49
ogụ abụọ na itoolu

50
ogụ abụọ na iri

51
ogụ abụọ na iri na otu

52
ogụ abụọ na iri na abụọ

53
ogụ abụọ na iri na atọ

54
ogụ abụọ na iri na anọ

55
ogụ abụọ na iri na ise

56
ogụ abụọ na iri na isii

57
ogụ abụọ na iri na asaa

58
ogụ abụọ na iri na asato

59
ogụ abụọ na iri na itoolu

60
ogụ atọ

61
ogụ atọ na  otu

62
ogụ atọ na  abụọ

63
ogụ atọ na  atọ

64
ogụ atọ na anọ

65
ogụ atọ na  ise

66
ogụ atọ na  isii

67
ogụ atọ na  asaa

68
ogụ atọ na  asato

69
ogụ atọ na  itoolu

70
ogụ atọ na  iri

71
ogụ atọ na  iri na otu

72
ogụ atọ na  iri na abụọ

73
ogụ atọ na  iri na otọ

74
ogụ atọ na  iri na anọ

75
ogụ atọ na  iri na ise

76
ogụ atọ na  iri na isii

77
ogụ atọ na  iri na asaa

78
ogụ atọ na  iri na asato

79
ogụ atọ na  iri na itloolu

80
ogụ anọ

81
ogụ anọ na otu

82
ogụ anọ na abụọ

83
ogụ anọ na otọ

84
ogụ anọ na anọ

85
ogụ anọ na ise

86
ogụ anọ na isii

87
ogụ anọ na asaa

88
ogụ anọ na asato

89
ogụ anọ na itoolu

90
ogụ anọ na iri

91
ogụ anọ na iri na otu

92
ogụ anọ na iri na abụọ

93
ogụ anọ na iri na atọ

94
ogụ anọ na iri na anọ

95
ogụ anọ na iri na ise

96
ogụ anọ na iri na isii

97
ogụ anọ na iri na asaa

98
ogụ anọ na iri na asato

99
ogụ anọ na iri na itoolu

100
nnari

101
nnari na otu

102
nnari na abụọ

103
nnari na atọ

104
nnari na anọ

105
nnari na ise

106
nnari na isii

107
nnari na asaa

108
nnari na asato

109
nnari na itoolu

200
nnari abụọ

201
nnari abụọ na otu

202
nnari abụọ na abụọ

203
nnari abụọ na atọ

204
nnari abụọ na anọ

205
nnari abụọ na ise

206
nnari abụọ na isii

207
nnari abụọ na asaa

208
nnari abụọ na asato

209
nnari abụọ na itoolu

300
nnari atọ

301
nnari atọ na otu

302
nnari atọ na abụọ

303
nnari atọ na atọ

304
nnari atọ na anọ

305
nnari atọ na ise

306
nnari atọ na isii

307
nnari atọ na asaa

308
nnari atọ na asto

309
nnari atọ na itoolu

400
nnari anọ

401
nnari anọ na otu

402
nnari anọ na abụọ

403
nnari anọ na atọ

404
nnari anọ na anọ

405
nnari anọ na ise

406
nnari anọ na isii

407
nnari anọ na asaa

408
nnari anọ na asato

409
nnari anọ na itoolu

500
nnari ise

501
nnari ise na otu

502
nnari ise na abụọ

503
nnari ise na otọ

504
nnari ise na anọ

505
nnari ise na ise

506
nnari ise na isii

507
nnari ise na asaa

508
nnari ise na asato

509
nnari ise na itoolu

600
nnari isii

601
nnari isii na otu

602
nnari isii na abụọ

603
nnari isii na atọ

604
nnari isii na anọ

605
nnari isii na ise

606
nnari isii na isii

607
nnari isii na asaa

608
nnari isii na asato

609
nnari isii na itoolu

700
nnari asaa

701
nnari asaa na otu

702
nnari asaa na abụọ

703
nnari asaa na atọ

704
nnari asaa na anọ

705
nnari asaa na ise

706
nnari asaa na isii

707
nnari asaa na asaa

708
nnari asaa na asato

709
nnari asaa na itoolu

800
nnari asato

801
nnari asato na otu

802
nnari asato na abụọ

803
nnari asato na atọ

804
nnari asato na anọ

805
nnari asato na ise

806
nnari asato na isii

807
nnari asato na asaa

808
nnari asato na asato

809
nnari asato na itoolu

900
nnari  itoolu

901
nnari  itoolu na otu

902
nnari  itoolu na abụọ

903
nnari  itoolu na atọ

904
nnari  itoolu na anọ

905
nnari  itoolu na ise

906
nnari  itoolu na isii

907
nnari  itoolu na asaa

908
nnari  itoolu na asato

909
nnari  itoolu na itoolu

1000
puku

1001
puku na otu

1002
puku na abụọ

1003
puku na atọ

1004
puku na anọ

1005
puku na ise

1006
puku na isii

1007
puku na asaa

1008
puku na asato

1009
puku na itoolu

2000
puku abụọ

2001
puku abụọ na otu

2002
puku abụọ na abụọ

2003
puku abụọ na atọ

2004
puku abụọ na anọ

2002
puku abụọ na ise

2006
puku abụọ na isii

2007
puku abụọ na asaa

2008
puku abụọ na asato

2009
puku abụọ na itoolu

3000
puku atọ

3001
puku atọ na otu

3002
puku atọ na abụọ

3003
puku atọ na atọ

3004
puku atọ na anọ

3005
puku atọ na ise

3006
puku atọ na isii

3007
puku atọ na asaa

3008
puku atọ na asato

3009
puku atọ na itoolu

4000
puku anọ

4001
puku anọ na otu

4002
puku anọ na abụọ

4003
puku anọ na atọ

4004
puku anọ na anọ

4005
puku anọ na ise

4006
puku anọ na isii

4007
puku anọ na asaa

4008
puku anọ na asato

4009
puku anọ na itoolu

5000
puku ise

5001
puku ise na otu

5002
puku ise na abụọ

5003
puku ise na atọ

5004
puku ise na anọ

5005
puku ise na ise

5006
puku ise na isii

5007
puku ise na asaa

5008
puku ise na asato

5009
puku ise na itoolu

6000
puku isii

6001
puku isii na otu

6002
puku isii na abụọ

6003
puku isii na atọ

6004
puku isii na anọ

6005
puku isii na ise

6006
puku isii na isii

6007
puku isii na asaa

6008
puku isii na asato

6009
puku isii na itoolu

7000
puku asaa

7001
puku asaa na otu

7002
puku asaa na abụọ

7003
puku asaa na atọ

7004
puku asaa na anọ

7005
puku asaa na ise

7006
puku asaa na isii

7007
puku asaa na asaa

7008
puku asaa na asato

7009
puku asaa na itoolu

8000
puku asato

8001
puku asato na otu

8002
puku asato na abụọ

8003
puku asato na atọ

8004
puku asato na anọ

8005
puku asato na ise

8006
puku asato na isii

8007
puku asato na asaa

8008
puku asato na asato

8009
puku asato na itoolu

9000
puku itoolu

9001
puku itoolu na otu

9002
puku itoolu na abụọ

9003
puku itoolu na atọ

9004
puku itoolu na anọ

9005
puku itoolu na ise

9006
puku itoolu na isii

9007
puku itoolu na asaa

9008
puku itoolu na asato

9009
puku itoolu na itoolu

10,000
puku iri

10,001
puku iri na otu

10,002
puku iri na abụọ

10,003
puku iri na atọ

10,004
puku iri na anọ

10,005
puku iri na ise

10,006
puku iri na isii

10,007
puku iri na asaa

10,008
puku iri na asato

10,009
puku iri na itoolu

20,000
puku iri abụọ

30,000
puku iri atọ

40,000
puku iri anọ

50,000
puku iri ise

60,000
puku iri isii

70,000
puku iri asaa

80,000
puku iri asato

90,000
puku iri itoolu

100,000
puku nari

200,000
puku nari abụọ

500,000
puku nari ise

800,000
puku nari asato

1 million
1,000,000
nde

2 million
2,000,000
nde abụọ

1 billion
1,000,000,000
ijeri

5 billion
5,000,000,000
ijeri  ise

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

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, in, on, with are normal used in English Language.

Learn Igbo Fig 9
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, 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 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 akwụkwọ ọdu mgbe oge bira nso.

Ka omesia.

Nwanne gị nwoke
Johnson Igboaha

      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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