Igbo Phrases

The Igbo phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: kedụ
What is your name?: kedụ afa gị?
Nice to meet you: obi dị m ụtọ ịmata onye ị bụ
How are you?: kedụ k'ịmere?
I'm good, thanks: a dị m mma
And you?: g'ịnwa kwanụ?

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Igbo)?: Ị na-asụ bekee?/Ị na-asụ oyibo?
Does she speak Chinese?: ọ na asụ asụsụ ndị china?
A little bit: obele
How old are you?: arọ one k'ịdị?
I'm 33 years old: adị m arọ iri atọ na atọ
It was nice talking to you: ọmaka ikpa gị nkata

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: gịnị ka ị chere?
I don't understand: a ghọtaghị m
I don't know: a marọ m
Sorry: ndo
What is that called in Igbo?: gịnị ka a n'akpọ ** na asụsụ obodo unu?
What does that word mean in English?: kedụ ihe a n'akpọ okwu a na asụsụ bekee?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: kedụ ebe ị si?
I'm from the U.S: e si m U.S
I'm American: a bụ m onye Amerika
Where do you live?: Kedụ ebe ị bi?
I live in the U.S: e bi m Amerika
What do you do for a living?: gịnị ka ị na arụ?
I'm a student: a bụ m nwata akwụkwọ

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: m ga enyere gị aka?
Can you help me?: ị ga enyere m aka?
Where is the airport?: kedụ ebe ọdụ ụgbọelu nọ?
Go straight: gaba n'iru/ogologo
Then: emesie
Turn left: ba na aka-nri
Turn right: ba na aka-ekpe

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Good wishes in Igbo in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: aňụlị ụbọsị ọmụmụ
Happy new year: aňụlị arọ ọfụụ
Merry Christmas: aňụlị ekeresimesi
Good luck: ije oma
Congratulations: kongratuleshọn

Igbo expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: a gbachiri m ọnọdụ
Do you have rooms available?: ị nwere ime ụlọ fọrọnụ?
I would like a non-smoking room: a chọrọ m ebe adịghị ese awnụrụ
How much it costs per night?: ego ole bụ ofu abalị?
Waiter: olenri
How much is this?: ihe a abụ ego ole?
What is this?: gịnị bụ ihe a?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: ị dịkwa mma?
I need a doctor: a chọrọ m dibia oyibo
Help: enyemaka
Call the ambulance: kpọọ ambulans
Call the police: kpọọ ndị uwe ojii
I am sick: arụ adịghị m

These Igbo phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Igbo Vocabulary and Igbo Grammar, you might want to visit our Igbo Flashcards to practice what you learned.

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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Igbo phrases.