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A TRIP TO IBOLAND

Language

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The linking and official language in Nigeria is English. But the native language of the Ibos is called Igbo. Anyway, Igbo itself has so many different dialects. Some Ibos from different towns donít understand each other and instead they speak English or a mixture of both.

Of course they will be pleased to notice that you try to speak their native language. It is like that in every country. Igbo words are pronounced like Latin words, but it has a very special melody which canít be shown by letters.

Igbo
English
Deutsch
Ke du ahagi? What is your name? Wie ist dein Name?
Ibu onye? Who are you? Wer bist du?
Aham bu Chima. My name is Chima. Mein Name ist Chima.
Ke du Ebe isiri bia? Where do you come from? Woher kommst du?
Kedu ka imere?
How are you?
Wie geht's dir?
Adim nma.
I am fine.
Es geht mir gut.
Ego ole ika iwere? How much do you want? Wieviel willst du haben?
Anam ana echi.
I am going tomorrow.
Ich gehe morgen.
Anam ana taa.
I am going today.
Ich gehe heute.
Ahurum gi na anya. I love you. Ich liebe dich.
Onyocha!
White human!
Heller Mensch!
Onyogi
dark human
Dunkler Mensch
Oibo
white human
Weißer Mensch
Nnoo
Welcome
Willkommen
Biko
Please
Bitte
Ndo
Sorry
Entschuldigung
Bia! Come! Komm!
Gaba!
Go!
Geh!
Nwoke
man
Mann
Nwanyi
woman
Frau
Nwa nwoke
boy
Junge
Nwa nwanyi
girl
Mädchen
Ofia
bush
Busch (Gelände)
Ulo
house
Haus
Ulo Uka
church
Kirche
Ulo akwukwo
school
Schule
Ulo ego
bank
Bankgebäude
Ego
money
Geld