Learn Igbo Greetings
In Igbo language one of the popular greetings is kedụ which means hello or how are you? The normal reply to kedụ would be ọ dị mma meaning fine, thank you.
Many may argue that kedụ ka ọ dị or kedụ ka ịmere is how are you, yes it is also the case but remember that this is a simple Igbo language being taught.
Another popular Igbo greetings is ndewo,many people use it as a good day, welcome, good afternoon or good evening.
The normal reply to ndewo is oga diri gị meaning whatever you wished (whether good day, welcome, good afternoon or good evening) be with you as well.
Although many elder people may reply oga diri gị nwa mụ meaning whatever you wished be with you my child.
Other popular greetings are nno and dalụ which means welcome or my greetings.
Both greetings (nno and dalụ) are normally used when a person lost for words to greet another person with, especially if the person is a stranger.
In some cases, some people use dalụ to say thank you although ịmela is the appropriate word for thank you.
Thus, nno and dalụ can be used to greet a stranger at any point time.
Also kedụ ka ịmere is another greeting meaning how are you doing?
The usual reply to kedụ ka ịmere is ọ di mụ mma or a di mụ mma meaning I am okay or I am all right.
There are many types of Igbo greetings, all you need to do is to learn the best ones you can pronounce properly and use them as your normal greetings.
The following are few ones, although some them are not greeting:
ka chi fo is used to say good night
ka o di echi is used to say see you tomorrow.
ka omesia is used to say goodbye.
ndo is used to say sorry
mba is used to say no
biko is used to say please
biko biko is used to say please please
ekwele mụ or e ya or yaa is used to say yes.
chere mụ is used to say excuse me or hold on.
ihe oma diri is used to say good luck or best wishes
Learn About Money Matters 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
agara mụ ahia means I went to the market
zuta means buy
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 onu 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
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.
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 such as boats, yachts, ferries but mostly the person is referring to ships.
Learn Igbo Market Days
Traditionally Igbo week consists of four days, which is normally four market days, which are Eke, Orie, Afo, Nkwo.
Every town in Igbo Land has its own market day. For example, Umuaka town might have their market day as Eke, while Akpala town has its own market day as Orie. Amaike town might have their own market day as Afo, and Uloise town has its market day as Nkwo.
Therefore before the supermarkets, malls, shops or shopping centres, I am talking of 1500s - 1900s, if say for example, today is Afo market day, it means every body including traders from Umuaka, Akpala and Uloise towns will head to Amaike town market to sell or buy all their needs.
Likewise, if today for an example is Eke market, it means every body from Amaike, Akpala and Uloise towns will head to Umuaka to sell and buy all their needs.
To buy and sell would mean that people who produced more yams in their farms may sell the yams to have money to buy oil or meat in the market.
Likewise, people who grew a lot of vegetables may want to sell them to buy yam, fish or other things. Traditionally, this is how people in Igbo Land used to live in those days, although it still goes on now but not as many people used to rely on them then.
Then rotation of market days - meant that if a person is not too well or strong enough to travel to different markets every day, the person will have to wait for four days when it will be the turn of his or her local market to open, so that he or she can buy or sell.
The markets start normally very early in the morning till midday or so.
Therefore, Igbo market days are Eke, Orie, Afo, Nkwo, which still exist today and used by many traders and others wishing to buy or sell. Sometime people may use market days as a figure of speech - like for example, come to my house after Nkwo market day.