Nno! (Welcome) Igbo is the native language spoken by the Igbo people (Ndi Igbo) this language is predominantly spoken in the South-Eastern region of Nigeria. Igbo is also heard and spoken all over the globe as Ndi Igbo are incredibly displaced across the world. Igbo is written in the Latin alphabet which was introduced by British colonialists and missionaries. Other than the written and spoken language, history shows that secret societies such as the “Ekpe” use “Nsibidi” ideograms to write Igbo and other languages around its area of influence. For over 500 years, the Nsibidi ideographic writing system was used.

There are over 20 dialects in Igbo land which include:

Aro
Isinweke
Ugbo
Onicha
Abiriba
Owere
Agbor
Nsuka
Nkanu
Ikwere
Riverine/Ukwuani/Oguta/Oru
Idemili
Elai
Isiala Mbano
Ohafia
Ututu
Awka
Aboh ni Ndoni
Ihechiowa
Arondizuogu
Mbaise
Ezeagu

The standard Igbo is based on Owerri and Umuahia dialects. Some of the basic Igbo phrase’s include:

Hello: Ndêwó.

Hello. (informal): Kèdú.

Welcome: Nno.

How are you?: Kèdú kà ímẹ̀rẹ̀?

Thank you: ị̀melâ.

What is your name?: Kèdú áhà gị́?

My name is ______ : Áhàm bụ̀ ______, or Áfàm bụ̀ (: AH-ham boo _____ .)

Please: Bīkó.

Thank you: Dālụ́/Imẹ̄lá.

Yes: Éey, Ëhh.

No: Ḿbà.

Excuse me: Chere, chètú.

I’m sorry: Ndo.

Goodbye: Kà ómésíá.

It is vital that we keep the Igbo language alive. One method that we can us to ensure this happens is through the YIWA Igbo language school which is open to both men and women. YIWA will also use different styles of learning the Igbo language though literature, books and studies that will be shared among the association on a monthly basis.