Get Hip to Nigerian Dialect

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In Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the characters are from Lagos where they speak a native language and dialect. Have you ever been to a different part of the world and not completely understand what someone is referring to? In this book lye quite a few phrases synonymous with Nigerians such as, “Tina-Tina, how now?” “Why are you looking like a mumu?” “How will you cope/how are you coping?” All familiar Nigerian modes of speech. Reading a book with not only a little cultural background but history makes it all the more fun to read.

Let’s check out a few really cool Nigerian ways of expressions…

There are 521 languages that have been spoken in Nigeria (nine of which are now extinct). The official language of Nigeria, English, the former colonial language, was chosen to facilitate the cultural and linguistic unity of the country. Communication in English language is much more popular in the country’s urban communities than it is in the rural areas (comprising about three quarters of the country’s population).The other major languages are Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba,Ibibio, Edo, Fulfulde, andKanuri.

In this book, they speak Yoruba. Yoruba /ˈjɒrʊbə/[3] (natively èdè Yorùbá) is a Nigerian language spoke in West Africa mainly in Nigeria. The number of speakers of Yoruba was estimated at around 20 million in the 1990s. The native tongue of the Yoruba people is spoken principally in Nigeria.

How are you on learning a new language?

 

3 Ways to say American phrases in Nigerian dialect:

Yoruba Hausa Igbo
Greetings: Good Morning
reply: Good Morning/morning
Ekaaro/Ekuojomo
Ekaaro?Ekuojomo (O)
Ina Kwana
Ina kwana
Ibolachi
Ibolachi
How are you?
Fine, thank you/I’m fine
Se daadaa ni/Salaafia ni?
Adupe
 Yaya dai/Kana Lafiya?
Lafiya lau
 Kedu Ka di
Odi mma
Greeting Good afternon
Reply: Good 
afternoon
 Ekaasan
Ekaasan(O)
 Ina wuni
Ina wuni
 Ezigbo ehihi
Ezigbo ehihie
How are you?
Fine, thank you.
 Salaafia ni/Sedaadaa ni?
Adupe
 Yaya dai/Kana Lafiya?
Lafiya lau
 Kedu Ka di
Odi mma
Greeting: Good Evening
Reply: Good 
evening
 Ekuirole (Ekaale from 7pm)
Ekuirole (O) (Ekaale o)
 Ina wuni
Ina wuni
 Mgbede Oma
Mgbede Oma
How are you?
Fine, thank you.
 Se daadaa ni/Salaafia ni?
Adupe
 Yaya dai/Kana Lafiya?
Lafiya lau
  Kedu Ka di
Odi mma
Greting: Goodnight
Reply: Goodnight
 Odaaro
Odaro (O)
 Sai da safe/sai gobe
Saida safe/sai gobe
 Kachifo
Ka obo o
Have a nice sleep  Orun n re lao sun  Mu kwana lafiya  Hie ura Ofuma/nkeoma
My friend  Ore mi  Aboki na  Enyim
How is Work?  Bawo nise/ise n ko?  Yaya aiki  Kedu Maka Olu?
How is family?  Awon ebi n ko?  Ya ya iyali  Kedu maka ezinulo gi?
How is wife?  Iyawo re n ko?  Ya ya matan ka?  Kedu maka nwunye gi?
How is husband?  Oko re n ko?  Ya ya mijin ki?  Kedu maka digi?
How is everything?  Bawo ni n nkan?  Ya ya komi da komi  Kedu Ka ihe di?
Come and eat  Wa jeun  Zo ka ci abinci  Bia rie nri
Thanks you.  Ese/Aagbabire  na gode  Dalu

 

Nigerian Dictionary

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