Used with verbs to show ongoing action - like the English 'ing'
O na-abia = She is coming, O na-eje = He is going
Mu na gi = me and you
Used at end of verbs to give a negative command
Echezona = don't forget
A nu m na o nor ego kita = I heard that she is now rich. O gwa m na i cho ije obodo oyibo = She told me that you want to go abroad.
in, at, on
E bi m na Lagos = I live in Lagos, Emeka no n'uka = Emeka is at church, O no n'enu = He is upstairs/on top, A fu m ya n'uzo = I saw him on the road
Ka anyi gote uno, na ego a digo? = Let's by a house, for we have money now.
two (as an adjective only)
mmadu nabu = two people
used to denote a group of people
Used to indicate readiness to proceed, sometimes means 'alright'
Ngwa, ka anyi je = Alright let's go.
Ndi a nine bu ndi nzuzu = All these people are stupid.
O jo njo = He is ugly.
used to show something belongs to ,is part of, or associated with something else
Akpa a bu nke m = This bag is mine. Kedu nke o? = Which one is it? Nke mbu = the first one.
used to express surprise like the English 'man!'
nna ee, i fu ife me? = Man, did you see what happened?
mother, also used as an affectionate term for a woman.
nne muo! = my mother used as an exclamation. Nne i makazi = you are so beautiful
nni oka = foofoo made from corn. O na-eri nni (tone change, 3,4) = He is eating (food). Aka nni = right hand (the hand used to eat).
O di nnoo mma = Things are really fine
Tinye nnu na ose = Add salt and pepper.
A traditional writing system of the Ekoi, Efik and Igbo people dating back possibly as far as 5th century AD
I ma agu nsibidi? Can you read nsibisi.
ite nta = small pot
O di anu nti! = he doesn't listen/do what he is told
ntutu isi = hair on the head
used at end of verbs for emphasis
bianu! = come. Nenu gi = Just look at yourself.