Igbo Lesson Page
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Igbo Lesson Page (Lesson One)
Ihe Ọmụmụ N'Igbo (Ihe Ọmụmụ Nke Mbụ
IGBO ALPHABET ( NKPỤRỤ EDEMEDE ASỤSỤ IGBO ) & PRONUNCIATION
( Pronounciation in Parentheses )
A(Ah) B(Bee) CH(Chee) D(Dee)
E(Ay) F(Fee) G(Gee) GB(Gbee)
GH(Ghee) GW(Gwee) H(Hee) I(Ee)
Ị(like i in ‘it’) J(Jee) K(Key)
KP(Kpee) KW(Kwee) L(Lee) M(Mee)
N(Nee) N? (Ngee) NW(Nwee)
NY(Nyee) O(Oo) Ọ( like o in ‘rob’)
P(Pee) R(Ree) S(See) SH(Shee)
T(Tee) U(Uuu) Ụ(UH) V(Vee)
W(Wee) Y(Yeh) Z(Zeh)
PARTS OF SPEECH ( NKEJIASỤSỤ ):
Like English, Igbo has parts of speech. There are no less than twenty nine parts of speech. In this lesson, three of these parts of speech will be explained.
1. THE NOUN ( AHA ):
A noun is a word used to name a person, place, thing, or idea-they are shown in italics below.
(Examples: House/Ụlọ; dog/nkịta; mother/Nne; father/nna; food/nri; kindness/obiọma)
The house is too big Ụlọ a ebuka
The dog is cute Nkịta ahụ mara mma
My mother is the best mom Nne m bụ nne kachasị
My father is rich Nna m nwere ego
The food is tasty Nri ahụ dị ụtọ
Mary shows kindness to everyone Mary na-egosị onye ọbụla obiọma
2. THE PRONOUN ( Nnọchiaha ):
The pronoun is used in place of a noun-they are shown in italics below.
(Examples: Him/Ya, Ọ; her/ya, Ọ; we, our/anyị;)
John/Mary has arrived John/ Mary a biala
He/She has arrived Ọ biala.
Give John/Mary food Nye John/Mary nri
Give him/her food Nye ya nri
Our family is happy Ezi nna ụlọ anyị nwere obi an?ụri
We are happy Anyị nwere obi an?ụri
Our food is tasty Nri anyị dịụtọ
3. THE VERB ( Ngwa ):
A verb is a word that expresses action or helps to make a statement-they are shown in italics below.
(Examples: killed/Gburu; fly away/fepụ; dance /gbaa egwu)
The hunter killed a large deer Dinta ahụ gburu nnukwu ele
Release the bird so it can fly away Hapụ nnụnụ ahụ, ka o fepụ
Come and dance Bia gbaa egwu