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Conversation: Good-morning!

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- Ütütü öma.Good-morning.
- Ütütü öma nke gï.Good-morning to you.
- Onye öcha, olee ka i mere?White man, how are you?
- Ö dï mma.I am fine (it is fine).
- Olee aha gï?What is your name?
- Aha m bü Emeka.My name is Emeka.
- Olee ebe ï na-aga?Where are you going?
- Ana m aga ölü.I am going to work.
- Ebee?Where?
- Ana m alü ölü na GRA.I am working in GRA (Government Reserved Area).
- Ebee na GRA?Where in GRA?
- 6, Temple Avenue.6, Temple Avenue.
Na ülö ölü:At the office:
- Olee ebe i si?Where do you come from?
- Esi m na obodo bekee.I come from Europe.
- Gïnï ka ï bïara ime?What have you come to do?
- Abïara m ïlü ölü.I have come to work.
Ï na-asü bekee?Do you speak English?
- Mba, ana m asü Igbo.No, I speak Igbo.
- Kodi.Bye-bye.
- Kodi.Bye.

Conversation: How is the weather?

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- Olee maka üböchï taa?How is the weather today?
- Üböchï taa dï mma.Today’s weather is fine.
Ugbua bü oge ügürü.Now it is harmattan period.
Mmiri anaghï ezo.Rain is not falling.
Ö na-adï ökü na oge ehihie,It is hot in the day,
ma na-adï oyi na abalï.and is cold in the night.
Ana-ewe nnuku ikuke.There is a lot of wind.
- Oge özö, ga-bü udu mmiri.Next period, it is rainy season.
Nnuku mmiri ga-ezo.A lot of rain will fall.
Ana-ewe nnuku urukpu.There will be many clouds.
I kwesiri iweta nche anwü.You need to bring an umbrella.
- E mesïa, aga-ewe ököchï.Then, it will be the dry season.
Anwü ga-dï, ma ö ga-dï ökü.There will be sun and it will be hot.
- Olee maka üböchï echi?What about tomorrow’s weather?
- Echi, ö ga-dï anwü ma bürükwa nnukwu üböchï.Tomorrow, there will be sun and it will be a great day.

Conversation: In the Chop House

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- Bata n’ime onye ahïa.Come inside customer.
- Olee üdï nrï unu were?What kind of food do you have?
- Anyï were ji, osikapa na garri.We have yam, rice and garri.
- I were agwa?Do you have beans?
- Mba.No.
- Esogbuna, weta garri.Don’t worry, bring the garri.
- Ego ole?How much?
- Weta garri naira asaa.Bring garri worth of seven naira.
- Ï chörö anü?Do you want meat?
- Olee etu i si ere anü?How do you sell meat?
- Anyï na-ere otu naira mobu naira atö.We sell for one naira and for three.
- Tinye otu anü naira atö.Put one meat worth of three naira.
- Were ya. Take it.
- Nye m mmiri.Give me water.
- Were ya. Have it.
- Tinyekue ofe.Bring more soup
- Weta afere.Bring your plate.
- Ofea törö ütö.The soup is tasty.
- Ego ole ka m ji gï?How much do I owe you?
- Ha ncha bü naira iri na abüö.That is 12 naira.
- Were ego.Take the money.
- Da alü.Well done.
- Ka e mesïa, ka odi oge özö.Good-bye, till next time.

Conversation: Where can I buy yam?

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- Anyï na-eje na ahïa ka anyï golu ngwa ahia.We are going to the market to buy some articles.
- Olee ebe m ga-egota ji?Where can I buy yam?
Jee na ahïa Ogbete. Go to the Ogbete Market.
- Olee ebe ö dï?Where is it?
- Ö dï na etiti Enugu.It is in the center of Enugu.
Na ahïa:At the market:
- Bïa ebea onye ahïa.Come here customer.
- Nne, olee maka ahïa tata?Madam, how is today’s market?
- Ahïa tata dï mma/ Ahïa tata adïghï mma.Today’s market is fine/Today’s business is not fine.
- Olee ihe ï chörö biko?What do you want please?
- Achörö m ji.I want yam.
- Ö dï ebea?Is it here?
- E-e.Yes.
- Ego ole ka i na-ele otu?How much do you sell one?
- Weta naira ato.Bring three naira.
- Ka m kwüa otu naira.Let me pay one naira.
- Mba, kwüa naira abüö.No, bring two naira.
- Ö dïghï mma.It is not good.
- Aga m enweta ya önüa ebe özö.I will get it at this price elsewhere.
- Weta ego.Bring the money.
- Weta ha ise.Give me five.
- Ö dï mma jideThat is good to hold on to.
- Ego ole ka ha ise bü?What is the total cost for the five?
- Ö bü naira iri.It is ten naira.
- Welü egoTake the money
- Olee ihe özö ï chörö biko, lee anya öfüma.What more do you want to buy, please, look well.
- Onwerozi, ka e mesïa.Nothing more, good-bye.
- Chukwu gözie gï.God bless you.

Conversation: Have a Safe Journey

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- Aga m ama üzö gaa n’ülö m echi.I am going early to my house tomorrow.
- Echiche gï amaka.That is a good idea (Your idea is good).
- Biko, gwa m ebe m ga ahü ödü ndï ügbö ala na-ga Obiöma Street?
Ö dï nso na ebea?
Please tell me where I can find the motorpark going to Obioma Street?
Is it close from here?
- E-e, ö dï ezigbo nso.Yes, it is very near.
- Chelu, olee ebe ï na-aga?Wait, where are you going?
- Ana m aga Obiöma Street?I am going to Obioma Street.
Nkea ö na-aga Obiöma Street?Is this going to Obioma Street?
- E-e.Yes.
- Biko, buga m Obiöma street.Please, take me to Obioma Street
- Olee ebe i bi na Obiöma Street?Where do you live in Obioma Street?
- Ebi m na 6, Obiöma Lane.I live in 6, Obioma Lane.
- Ego ole ka ïga ana m maka ïga obioma?How much is it to go to Obioma?
- Ego ole ka i ji?How much do you have?
- Eji m Naira iri anö.I have forty Naira.
- Mba, kwüö m Naira iri ise.
- Ö dï mma.
No, pay me fifty Naira.
Ok.
- Daalü enyi m, anyï ga-ahü özö.Well done my friend, we shall see again.
- Deeme enyi m, jee nke öma.Well done my friend, I wish you a good journey.

Conversation: Let us Pray

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- Bïa ka anyï gaa üka.Let us go to church.
Ka anyï kpe ekpere.Let us pray.
- Ï bü onye üka?Are you a christian?
- E-e, abü m onye üka.I am a christian.
- Olee üka ï na-ekpe?Which denomination do you pray at?
- Abü m onye Anglican/Catholic.I am Anglican/Catholic.
- Olee ebe ülö üka unu dï?Where is your church?
- Ö dï n’Obiöma Street.It is in Obioma Street.
Aga enwe üka üböchï üka na ütütü.There is a mass on Sunday morning.
- Ekele dili gï.Thank you very much.
- Chukwu gözie gï.God bless you.
 
Nna anyï nö n’eluigweOur Father
Nna anyï nö n’eluigwe, Our Father, who art in Heaven,
ka otito dïrï aha Gï, hallowed be your name.
ka ochïchï Gï bïa, Your kingdom come.
ka e mee uche Gï n’üwa ka e si eme ya n’eluigwe. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Nye anyï tata nri nke üböchï anyï. Give us this day our daily bread,
Gbaghara anyï mmehie anyï dika anyï si gbaghara ndï mehiere anyï. and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
E kwela ka anyï kwenye na nlanye, And lead us not into temptation,
Ma zöpüta anyi n’ajö ihe.but deliver us from evil.
AmenAmen

Conversation: Going to School

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Ümü aka na-aga n’ülö akwükwö.The children are going to school.
Aha ülö akwükwö ha bü St. Patrick.The name of their school is St. Patrick.
- Nwata kïrï nwanyïa bü nwata akwükwö.This girl is a pupil.
- Arö ole ka ö dï?How old is she?
- Ö dï arö asatö.She is eight years old.
- Olee clasï nke ö nö?Which grade is she in?
- Ö nö na clasï nke atö n’ülö akwükwö prïmarï.She is in the third grade in primary school.
- Olee ihe ï na-amü?What are you studying?
- Ana m amü maka Bayïlöjï.I am studying Biology.
- Ï ma maka Bïölögï öfüma?Are you good at Biology?
- E-e, ama m öfüma.Yes, I am good.
- Na oge ehihie, ana m amü ka esi eme mgbakö na nwepu.In the afternoon, I study calculations.
- Olee ihe ï chörö ïbü?What do you want to become?
- Achörö m ïbü njïnïa.I want to become an engineer.
Achörö m ïga ülö mahadüm nke kasi mma.I want to go to the best university.
- Nwanyia ö bü onye nkuzi gï?Is she your teacher?
- Mba, ö na akuzi na ülö akwükwö seköndïrï.No, she teaches in the secondary school.

Conversation: To the Hospital

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- Ahü esighi m ike.I do not feel well (my body does not feel well).
- Achörö m ïga hü dibïa oyibo.I want to go and see a doctor.
- Ka anyï gaa ebe ahü.Let us go there.
Na dibïa:At the doctor:
- I bü dibïa?Are you a doctor?
- E-e. Biko, nödü anï ebeaYes. Please, sit down here.
- Kunie oto, ka m lele gï.Stand up, let me examine you.
Echere m na ï na-arïa örïa oyi.I think you have a cold.
Abükwazi m onye na ere ögwü.I am also a medicine dealer.
Lee mgbörögwü osisi na akwükwö ögwü.Here are some roots and herbs.
- Imela.Thank you.
- Ndïa bü maka ogologo ndü.These are for long life.
- Nwa m nwoke na-ebe akwa.My son is crying.
Ö na-ewe isi mgbu.He has a head-ache.
Achörö m ïkpörö ya gaa n’ülö ögwü.I want to bring him to the hospital.
Achörö m igota ögwü ebe ahü.I want to buy medicines there.
Ha gawara ülö ögwü.They went to the hospital.

Conversation: What time?

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- Olee ihe elekere nö?What time is it?
- Ö nö elekere otu.It is one o’clock.
- Olee oge ï ga-agbasa ölü?When will you be dismissing from work?
- Ana m agbasa n’ elekere anö.I will be dismissing at four o’clock.
- Olee oge ï ga-abia?When will you come?
- Aga m abïa na ojiri ökara gafee elekere anö.I will come at half past four.
- Olee ihe elekere nö?What time is it?
- Ugbua nö n’elekere anö.Now, it is four o’clock.
- O rule.It is time.

Conversation: Going to the Village

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- Abalï öma.Good-evening.
- Enyi m, olee ka i mere?How do you do, my friend?
- Anyï na-aga n’ime obodo.We are going to the village.
I ga-ahü ndï be m.You will meet my family.
- Olee maka ndï be gï?How is your family?
- Ha dï mma. They are fine.
- I were nnukwu ezi n’ülö?Do you have a large family?
- E-e, ewere m nna, nne, nwa nne nwoke abüö, na nwa nne nwanyï atö.Yes, I have a father, mother, two brothers and three sisters.
- Aga m akpö gï aga n’ime obodo echi.I will bring you tomorrow to the village.
- Ka chi foo.Goodnight.
N’ime obodo:In the village:
- Nnöö n’ime obodo anyï.Welcome to our village.
- Nwere öjï igboa.Take this kolanut.
- Imela.Thank you.
- Ana m aga ikuta mmiri n’ikpere mmiri.I am going to fetch water at the riverbank.
- Eji m nnukwu ite.I have a big pot.
- Unu enwere mmiri, na ökülatrïk na ülö ögwü ebea?Do you have water, electricity and a hospital here?
- E-e, anyï nwere ülö ögwü na ökülatrïk. Anyi enweghi mmiri.Yes, we have a hospital and electricity. We do not have water.
- Anyï chörö enyem aka ndï mmepe obodo.We want help from a development agency.
- Ike kwe, anyï nwere ike inye aka.Maybe, we can help.
- Gïnï dï ebe ahü?!What is there?!
- Echere m na ahürum agwö.I think I saw a snake.
- Mba, ö bü enwe.No, it is a monkey.
Ka anyï rie nrï.Let us eat.
Ugbua ka anyï gara gwuo ji ma ghöta afüfa.We have just harvested yam and garden eggs.

Conversation: Where is the Hotel?

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- Biko, olee ebe ülö oriri dï?Please, where is the hotel?
- Ülö oriri dï na ndïda na aka ekpe.The hotel is down (this road) on the left hand.
N’ülö oriri:In the hotel:
- Ehihie öma,Good-afternoon,
i nwere mgbe?do you have a room?
- E-e.Yes.
- Ö dï igwe ntuonyi?Is it air-conditioned?
- Mba, ö dïghï, ihe o nwere bü nkucha oyibo.No, it is not, it has a fan.
- Ï chörö otu akwa ka ö bü abüö?Do you want one or two beds?
- Achörö m abüö. Nwunye m ga-anonyere m.I want two. My wife is joining me.
- Ego ole ka ö bü?How much is that?
- Ö bü otu puku naira na narï naira atö otu abalï.That is one thousand and three hundred naira per night.
- Ö dï oke ölü.That is expensive.
- I nwere ndörö mmiri?Do you have a swimming-pool?
- E-e, i nwere ike igwu mmiri ebe ahu.Yes, you can swim there.
- I nwere ebe ana agba bölü ebea?Do you have a football field here?
- E-e, ï ma ka esi agba bolu öfüma?Yes, do you know how to play football well?
- E-e, ama m.Yes, I know.
- Ka anyï gba bölü echi.Let us play tomorrow.
- I riela nrï ütütü?Do you have breakfast?
- E-e, anyï eriela nrï ütütü.Yes, we have breakfast.
Ügwö abalï ole ka ï ga-akwü?How many nights are you paying?
- M ga-akwü ügwö abalï atö.I will pay for three nights.
- Imela.Thank you.
- Kodi.Bye.