Yoruba Phrases

The Yoruba 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: hi
What is your name?: kini oruko re?
Nice to meet you: o dara lati pade e
How are you?: bawo lo se wa?
I'm good, thanks: mo wa daadaa, e se
And you?: ati iwo?

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Yoruba)?: nje o nso (geesi/punjabi)?
Does she speak Chinese?: nje o nso ede chinese?
A little bit: die na ni
How old are you?: omo odun melo ni e?
I'm 33 years old: mo je omo odun meta-le-logbon
It was nice talking to you: o dara lati ba e soro

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

What do you mean?: kini o ro?
I don't understand: ko ye mi
I don't know: emi ko mo
Sorry: o ma se o
What is that called in Yoruba?: kini a npe iyen ni punjabi?
What does that word mean in English?: kini itumo oro yi ni geesi?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: nibo lo ti wa?
I'm from the U.S: mo wa lati u.s.
I'm American: omo orile-ede amerika ni mi
Where do you live?: nibo lo ngbe?
I live in the U.S: mo ngbe ni u.s
What do you do for a living?: kini ise ti o fi njeun?
I'm a student: omo ile-iwe ni mi

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: se mo le ran o lowo?
Can you help me?: se o le ranmilowo?
Where is the airport?: nibo ni papa oko ofurufu wa?
Go straight: lo taa-a-ra
Then: lehin-na
Turn left: ya si osi
Turn right: ya si otun


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Yoruba in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: e ku ojo ibi
Happy new year: e ku odun tuntun
Merry Christmas: e ku odun keresimesi
Good luck: ori 're
Congratulations: mo ba e yo

Yoruba expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: mo gba aye sile
Do you have rooms available?: nje o ni yara sile?
I would like a non-smoking room: mo fe iyara nibiti won ko nmu siga
How much it costs per night?: elo ni fun ale kan
Waiter: aduro-tini nile ounje
How much is this?: eelo ni eyi?
What is this?: kini eyi?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: se ara ya?
I need a doctor: mo nilo onisegun
Help: iranlowo
Call the ambulance: pe oko ile-iwosan
Call the police: pe olopa
I am sick: mo nsa-i-san

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

Yoruba Vocabulary

Yoruba Grammar


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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 Yoruba phrases.