Igbo Vocabulary

The Igbo vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: ofu Two: abụọ Three: atọ
Four: anọ Five: ise Six: ishii
Seven: asaa Eight: asatọ Nine: itenanị
Ten: iri First: nke mbụ Second: nke abụọ

Time Expressions

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: monde Tuesday: tuzde Wednesday: wenzde
Thursday: tọzde Friday: fraide Saturday: satde
Sunday: ụbọchị ụka Now: kịta Yesterday: echi gara aga/ụbọchị gara aga
Today: tata Tonight: abani tata Tomorrow: echi

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: akwụkwọ ndụ Apples: aplụ
Bananas: unene Tomatoes: tomatosi
Potatoes: nduko Onions: alibasa

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: mme Green: ọchandụ Blue: ọtanjele
White: ọcha Black: oji Grey: ntụ ntụ

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: nri ụtụtụ Lunch: nri efifie
Dinner: nri abanị Milk: ala-efi
Coffee: kọfị Bread: achịcha

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: anwụ anwụ Windy: ikuku ikuku Rainy: mmiri
Snowy: sno Cold: oyi Hot: ọkụ ọkụ

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: nwa nwoke Girl: nwa nwanyị
Son: nwa nwoke Daughter: nwa nwanyị
Brother: nwa nne nwoke Sister: nwa nne nwanyị
Man: nwoke Woman: nwanyi
Father: nna Mother: nne
Grandfather: nna nna/nne Grandmother: nne nna/nne

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: ụlọ/ụnọ Toilet: ụlọ mposi Room: ime ụlọ/ime ụnọ
Bedroom: obu Kitchen: usekwu Table: nkwako

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: pusu Dog: nkịta Mouse: oke
Bird: nnụnụ Cow: efi Horse: ayịya

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: soksi Shoes: akpụkwụ Trousers: traụza
Shirt: afe/uwe Sweater: afe oyi Coat: koti

Most popular languages in the world:

English: bekee French: asụsụ ndị french German: asụsụ ndị jemanị
Spanish: asụsụ ndị Spain/Panya Italian: asụsụ ndị Italy Portuguese: asụsụ ndị Portugal
Greek: asụsụ ndị Greece Russian: asụsụ ndị Russia Arabic: arakwụba
Hindi: asụsụ ndị India Chinese: asụsụ ndị china Japanese: asụsụ ndị Japan


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Travel Vocabulary

Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: agbataekee/taksi Bus: bus
Hotel: ụlọ oriri na ọghụghụ Reservation: mgbachi ọnọdụ
Airport: ọdụ ụgbọelu Passport: akwụkwọ ikike e ji eje mba

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: nwata akwụkwọ Teacher: onye nkuzi Pen: edemede
Books: ọtụtụ akwụkwọ Page: iruakwụkwọ Dictionary: akwụkwọ nkọwa

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: aka Feet: mkpịsị/mkpụrụ ụkwụ/ọkpa Hair: ntutu ishi
Eye: anya Mouth: ọnụ Nose: imi

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ambulans Doctor: dibia oyibo
Hospital: ụlọ ọgwụ Pharmacy: ebe a na-ere ọgwụ
Police: ndi uwe ojii Stomach Ache: afọ mgbu

As you can see, this Igbo vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.