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The Igbo Alphabet

There are 36 letters in the Igbo alphabet. There are 8 vowels, 19 consonants, and 9 blends.

The Vowels (Udaume)

Asounds like a in `awe'
Esounds like a in `ate'
Isounds like e in `eat'
Isounds like e in `be' and has the stress

Osounds like o in `sonnet'
Osounds like o in `oat' and has the stress

Usounds like o in `do'
Usounds like u in `attitude'

The Consonants (Mgbochiume)

B
D
F
G
H
J
K
L
M
N
_
Nsounds like ñ or `ny'
P
R
S
T
V
W
Y
Z

The Blends (Udamkpi)

GB
GH
KP
SH
CH
GW
KW
NW
NY

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The Igbo Numbers

(Bold letters have a `' underneath them)

1Otu
2Abua
3Ato
4Ano
5Ise
6Isii
7Asaa
8Asato
9Iteghete (or Itolu)
10Iri
11Iri na otu
12Iri na abua
13Iri na ato
14Iri na ano
15Iri na ise
16Iri na isii
17Iri an asaa
18Iri na asato
19Iri na iteghete (or Iri na itolu)
20Iri abua
30Iri ato
40Iri ano
50Iri ise
60Iri isii
70Iri asaa
80Iri asato
90Iri iteghete (or Iri itolu)
100Nari
1000Puku
1,000,000Nde
1,000,000,000Njeri

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Some Household Items in Igbo

(Bold letters have a `' underneath them)

WaterMmiri
StoveEkwu
PepperOse
SpoonNgaji
ForkNgaji-eze
Wooden-SpatulaEku
MoterOdo
PistolOdu
KitchenEkwu
PlatesEfere
SaltNnu
KnifeMma
UpholsteryOche
TelevisionOnnyonyo
BagAkpa
BookAkwukwo
RadioAkpati-okwu
ClothesUwe
ClothAkwa
EggsAkwa
BedAkwa
BedroomOnu-ulo
Living RoomUlobia
TableNdokwasi
PhotographsOnyonyo
FoodNri
ChairOche
PotIte
SoapNcha
CupIko
RefrigeratorIgbe-ntuoyi
ToiletMpochi
ShoeAkpukpo-ukwu
TowelAkwa-mmiri
HatOkpu
ScarfIchafu
ScarfUlari
KolanutOji
Electric FanIgwe-ikuku
TelephoneIgwe-ozi
FireOku
OnionAlibasa
OilMjmanu
PencilMkpisi
PenMkpisi
BiroMkpisi
HeaterNtuoku
Air ConditioningNtuoyi
UmbrellaNche-mmiri
BoxIgbe
BoxAkpati
BroomAziza
BrushAziza-aka
CombMbo
RazorAguwa
TongsMkpa
ScissorsMma-mkpa

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Igbo Days and Times

(Bold letters indicate a `' underneath the letter)

Days

DayUbochi
WeekIzu
MonthOnwa
YearAfo
YesterdayUnyaahu
TodayTaa
TomorrowEchi

Times

TimeOge
ClockOge
ClockElekere
SecondTimtim
MinuteNkeji
HourElekere
HourAwa

Times of Day

MorningUtutu
AfternoonEhihie
NightAbali

The Market Days

In Nigeria there are 4 market days.
Eke (Ekeh)
Orie (Orieh)
Afo (Afor)
Nkwo (Nkwor)

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Igbo Parts of the Body

(Bold letters have a `' underneath them)

HandAka
EyesAnya
StomachAfo
BackAzu
TeethEze
TongueIre
FaceIhu
HeadIsi
NoseImi
HipIki
Earnti
MouthOnu
WaistUkwu
LegsUkwu
NeckOlu
FingerMbo

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Some Igbo Phrases

(Bold letters have a `' underneath them)

Nne m zuru azuMy mother bought some fish
Ala Igbo di mmaIgbo Land is good
Ufodu anyi bi ofesiSome of us live abroad
Nnaemeka na-asu IgboNnaemeka speaks Igbo
Nna m nwere onyonyoMy father has television
Adaeze bu nwata akwukwoAdaeze is a school girl
Ndi mmadu choro asusu IgboPeople need Igbo Language
Ukwa di m mmaI like bread-fruit
Ugba masiri ndi IgboIgbo people like oil-bee
Kelechi na Abumchi na-achiKelechi gets along with Abumchi
Amerika mepere emepeAmerica is advanced
Achicha bu nriBread is food
Amanze nwere agbaAmanze has some paints
Ha ritere chaachaaThey won gambling
Soro etumBeware of virus
Ka chi foo, DanielGood night, Daniel (this is as good as it gets...the highest honor possible in Igbo Land)
Nje no ebe nileBacteria are everywhere
Agwa oma di mmaGood behavior is good
Agwa mara nwa mMy child has fever
Nne m mere OgiriMy mum made some soup flavor
Obi na-eje akwukwoObi goes to school
Chizoma na-aga akwukwoChizoma is going to school
Aha m bu ChikeMy name is Chike
Dirhem na-eje ulo-akwukwo i nya motoDirhem goes to riding school
O na so Gide uso i nya moto na-ubochi WednesdayGide likes to drive on Wednesdays
Ubulum nwu nyhaMy brain died yesterday
Nne na Nna m nyelum afa; Wa ewere ike ichoputa ezigboMy parents never named me; they couldn't come up with a good enough name for me
Bia! I ma na a fulum ya!Man! I couldn't even see her!
I ga mu nwata echiYou're having child tomorrow

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