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Igbo Podcast

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"Ọjị Abịala: An Igbo Podcast" takes a revamped and innovative approach towards learning to speak the Igbo language-- guaranteed to make you at least conversant. In doing so, it aims to promote Igbo culture, literature, and a greater sense of community, especially between Ndị Igbo in Nigeria and those in the diaspora. This Igbo podcast makes language learning a lifestyle and enjoyable!! Come and join the movement and spread the word.

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03:14
July 4, 2019
Season 1 Finale
This episode is special as it is both an audio and a visual!!! Check out the visual here on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyb8G9IS-jU&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1uokxUNdURaho7yDQn07qEJEqcyqveDiQQu2ImjUooGVmQlfmOcDIXTPg Igbo Dialogue Transcript Ifunanya: so with no other further ado,  Uche! Uche nno.         Uche: Ndewonu …kee kwanụ , (Greetings, How are you?)         Ifunanya: ọdịmma, ahụ dịkwa gị? (I am fine, are you in good health)?         Uche :  ehn ahụ dị m, kee maka  ụlọ akwụkwọ  (I am in good health, what about school, how is that going?)          Ifunanya: ọdịmma  ooo gịnwa kwanụ, ibidola ọrụ? ( I am fine oo , have you started work?)   ·      Uche: ehnn, kee maka ụmụnne gị ? ( yes, how about your siblings?)   ·      Ifunanya: Ha dikwa mma. (they are well)   ·      Uche: Ụmụnne olee ka I nwere? (How many siblings do you have?)   ·      Ifunanya: Anyị di ise, E nwere m  ofu nwanne m  nwaanyị na  ụmụnne nwoke atọ. ( We are 5, i have one sister and 3 brothers.)   ·      Uche: Ọ  gi tọrọ nwanne gi nwaanyị? (are you older than your sister?)   ·      Ifunanya: Mba  ọ  tọrọ m. Ma gi nwa ụmụnne olee ka inwere? (no she is older than me, how many siblings do you have?)   ·      Uche: enwere m umunne anọ  ( I have 4 sibllings)   ·      Ifunanya: Kedu aha ada unu? (what is the name of the first daughter of you all? )   ·      Uche: aha ya bu Chinonye. ( Her name is Chinonye)   ·      Ifunanya: Olee otu m ga-esi kwu, “do they speak igbo?”  (How do I say  " do they speak igbo" in igbo?" ·      Uche :  Ọ bu “Ha ma igbo asu?”   ·      Ifunanya: Ha ma igbo asu? Ekwuru m ya ọfụma?   ·      Uche: Ehn i gbaliri ( yes, you you really tried)   ·      Ifunanya: Oh okay,  afọ olee ka ọkpara unu di? (How old is the first son of you all?)        Uche: afọ iri atọ na atọ , gịnwa kwanụ? (33 years old, and what of with you?)    Ifunanya: Ọ di afọ iri abụọ na anọ . (He is 24 years old)      Uche: Cheregodi, o di ka I gwahu m na mbido, onye ebee ka I bụ? (Wait oo, its like you didn't tell me back then, where are you from?)     Ifunanya: A bu m onye Egbuoma, Ọ dị n’ime Oguta LGA, n’ime Imo steeti , ginwa kwanu, i  bu onye ebee? ( I am from Egbuoma, a town in Oguta local goverment in Imo state, what about you?)    Uche: A bu onye Mbaise ( I am from Mbaise) Music: Culture by Umu Obiligbo ft Flavour and Phyno.  Instrumentals: Endeetone
11:54
June 11, 2019
Episode 14: Ezinaụlọ Phrases To Know
In this episode, we highlight 4 phrases and verbs that are commonly used when talking about the family and related terms: Inwe (to have), Iyi (to resemble in appearance), Idi ka (to resemble in character/values/behaviors), Ito (to be older than). 4 verbs/phrases as it relates to the family: ·  Infinitive:   Inwe- to have  Iyi- to resemble  Idi ka – to be like  Ịtọ- to be older than ọ ụ ·  Conjugated: o  Inwe  E nwere m – I have  (note the “E” and not “A” b/c of vowel harmony)   M nwere – I have   I nwere- You have  O nwere- He/She/it has (note the “O” and not   Anyi nwere- We have   Unu nwere - You (pl) nwere   Ha nwere- They have Examples given ·  E nwere m nne nne-  I have a grandmother, ·  O nwere umunne ato- He/She has 3 siblings. ·  Ha nwere umu ise- They have 5 children. ·  Nna ya nwere nwunye abuo- Their father has two wives. o  Iyi  E yiri m – I resemble   M yiri – I resemble   I yiri – You resemble   O yiri – He/She/It resembles   Anyi yiri – We resemble   Unu yiri – You (pl) resemble   Ha yiri- They resemble  Examples given ·  I yiri nwanne gi – you remeble your sibling ·  O yiri nna ya – He/She resembles his/her father ·  Unu yiri onwe unu- You (pl) resemble each other o  Idi ka  A di m ka – I am like  M di ka – I am like u   Ị di ka- You are like   O di ka – You are like Anyi di ka –We are like   Unu di ka –You (pl) are like   Ha di ka – They are like ·  O di oji di ka unyi- He is black like charcoal ·  O toro ogologo di ka osisi- She is tall like a tree ·  Ifunanya di ka nna ya – Ifunanya is like her father ·  Emeka di ka nne nne ya- Emeka is like his grandmother ·  Ugochinyere di ka nna ya – Ugochinyere is like his father o  Ịtọ A tọrọ m – I am older than  M tọrọ -  I am older  I tọrọ – You are older  O tọrọ – He/She/It are older than   Anyi tọrọ – We are older than   Unu tọrọ– You (pl) are older than   Ha tọrọ  They are older than Examples: ·  Nwanne m nwoke tọrọ m – My brother is older than me ·  Nwanne m nwoke nke tọrọ m – My brother that I am older than ( My brother is younger than me)
17:00
May 21, 2019
Episode 13: Ezinaụlọ Comprehension
In this Episode we work on comprehension using some of the terms  Comprehension passage:  Nna m ochie nwere nwunye abụọ na ụmụ asaa.  Nne m na nna m nwere ụmụ ise.  Nwanne m nwanyi nwere ụmụ ato. Passage questions   Ụmụnne ole ka nna m nwere?   Umunne ole ka m nwere?   Ụmụ nwanne ole ka m nwere? Passage Answers  Ụmụnne ole ka nna m nwere  Umunne ole ka m nwere?  Ụmụ nwanne ole ka m nwere? Passage Translated  My grandfather has 2 wives and 7 children My mom and my dad have 5 children. My sister has 3 children  Passage Questions Translated How many siblings does my father have? How many siblings do I have? How many nieces/nephews do I have? Listen to audio for answers! Music: Obiako Nnwam by Ejeagha 
09:34
May 7, 2019
Episode 12: Ezinaụlọ/Related Terms Vocab Recap
This Episode Recaps some key vocabulary that we have learned about the family and related terms.  Listen and try to see what you can recall and also practice saying these words out loud with the correct pronunciation.  Nne- Mother  Nna- Father  Nwa- Child  Ụmụ- Children  Nwaanyị- Woman/ Female  Nwoke - Man/Male Other vocabulary we review  First born - Nwa mbu / nwa izizi  Last born - Nwa Ikpeazu First son- Okpara, Opara, diokpara First daughter- Ada Note: Ada can be used for any female as a term of endearment as well New Vocabulary word  Other members and related words for family  Wife - Nwunye  Husband - Di  Inlaw -  Ọgọ Mother inlaw - Ọgọ nwaanyi or Nne di  My mother inlaw - Ọgọ m nwaanyị Father inlaw- Ọgọ nwoke Relations/Relatives -Ụmụnna Kith/Kin, Relations - Ikwu na ibe Twin- Ejima  Triplets Ejima Ato  Quadruplets- Ejima anọ  Adult - Okenye Young adult male - Okorobia Young adult female-  Agbọghọ(bia) Neighbor(s) - Onye agbatobi  Friend- enyi Friend(s)- Ndi enyi Enemy- Onye irọ Enemies- Ndi irọ   Husband - Di  Inlaw -  ọgọ  Mother inlaw - ọgọ nwaanyi or Nne di  My mother inlaw - ọgọ m nwaanyi  Father inlaw Relations/Relatives (can also be step-siblings)  Umunna Kith/Kin, Relations - Ikwu na ibe Twin- Egima  Triplets Egima Atọ Quadruplets- Egima Anọ Adult - Okenye Young adult male - Okorobia Young adult female  Neighbor(s) - onye a batobi  Friend- Enyi (ndi enyi pl) Friends-  Ndi enyi Enemy- onye irọ Enemies- Ndi irọ Refer back to original episodes for more vocabulary and exercises! Music: Chief Osita Osadebe- Ife onye metalu
11:55
April 29, 2019
Episode 11: Ezinaụlọ Part II
Review of  6 key words in Igbo: Nne- Mother  Nna- Father  Nwa- Child  Ụmụ- Children  Nwaanyị Nwoke (Other common words for children: ụmụaka, nwata, and nwatakiri) Review of Vocabulary that denotes the Position of a child  First born - Nwa mbu / nwa izi  Last born - Nwa Ikpeazu First son- Okpara, Opara, diokpara First daughter- Ada Note: Ada can be used for any female as a term of endearment as well New Vocabulary  Other members and related words for family  Wife - Nwunye  Husband - Di  Inlaw -  Ọgọ Mother inlaw - Ọgọ nwaanyị or Nne di  My mother inlaw - Ọgọ m nwaanyị Father inlaw- Ọgọ nwoke Relations/Relatives (can also be step-siblings) -Ụmụnna Kith/Kin, Relations - Ikwu na ibe Twin- Ejima  Triplets Ejima Ato  Quadruplets- Ejima Ise  Related Terms Adult - Okenye Young adult male - Okorobia Young adult female-  Agbọghọ(bia) Neighbor(s) - Onye agbata obi  Friend- Enyi Friends- Ndi enyi Enemy- Onye iro   Enemies- Ndi iro Music: Nwa by Ifé
21:50
April 8, 2019
Episode 10: Ezinaụlọ
Ezinaụlọ  means family in Igbo.  Using 6 key words, as explained by @nwaadaigbo, one can derive at many other vocabulary words used to describe different family members.  Those words are: Nne- Mother  Nna- Father  Nwa- Child  Ụmụ- Children  Nwaanyị  (Other common words for children: ụmụaka, nwata, and nwatakiri)  Examples of this formula in use Nwa nwoke- (male+ child) = Son  Nwanne nwoke- (child of my mom that is male)= Brother  Nwanne nwaanyị - (child of my mom that is female)= Sister  Umunne- (children of my mom)= my siblings  Other Vocabulary we learn: Grandfather- Nna Ochie/ Nna nna Grandmother Nne Ochie/ Nne nne There are words used in Igbo used to specifically highlight the position of a child in the family. See Vocabulary below: First born - Nwa mbu / nwa izi  Last born - Nwa Ikpeazu First son- Okpara, Opara, diokpara First daughter- Ada Note: Ada can be used for any female as a term of endearment as well  Exercise: using the key words/ formula figure out what these words in english will be in english (LISTEN to the audio before looking below) Grandchild - Nwa nwa (the child of my chlid) Grandchildren-  Ụmụ ụmụ (the children of my children) Nephew/Niece (w/o gender) Nwa nwanne (the child of my sibling) Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of Ezinaulo as we talk more about the family.  Music: Flavour Ada Ada (karaoke version)
29:12
April 2, 2019
Episode 9: Ịnọ
In this episode we explore,  "Ịnọ" the "to be" verb which means being at a place for both living and non living items. (Note there are examples where ịdị can also be the "to be" verb used to describe "to be at a place" for inanimate objects. This concept is not explored in this episode however.) We then explore common vocabulary words for names of places in Igbo.  Exercise 1: Try listening and coming up with the sentences before reading below. I am home - A nọ m n’ụlọ  She is at school- Ọ  nọ n’ụlọ akwụkwọ  We are at work Anyị  nọ n’ọrụ (ụlọ ọrụ) You (singular) are at church - Ị nọ n’ụka (ụlọ ụka ) They are here  Ha nọ  ebe a Where are you? Ebee ka ị nọ?/ Ị nọ  ebee? I am on the road” A nọ m n’ụzọ  “I am coming”  M na-abịa ( A na m abịa)  Victor: Perfect, so just to recap the vocabulary we just learned. To say  Home -  Ụlọ  School- Ụlọ akwụkwọ  Work- Ụlọ ọlụ (ọrụ) Church- Ụlọ Ụka (Ụka) Here- Ebe a (this location) Ụzọ - Road (can also be used in many less literal ways)  Exercise 2  She is upstairs (above) - Ọ  nọ n’elu He is downstairs (below) Ọ  nọ n’ala It is in front  Ọ  nọ n’ịhụ Stay in the front (at the head) Nọ n’ịhụ They are outside Ha nọ n’   It is at the side of you Ọ  nọ n’akụkụ  We are behind you- Anyi nọ na-azụ Recap the vocabulary  Up (used to indicate Upstairs) Elu (Enu) Down (used to indicate downstairs) Ala In front/at the head- N’ịhụ Outside - N'Ezi The side- N'Akụkụ Behind- Azụ Exercise 3: Ịbụ vs Ịdị vs Ịnọ Translate the english sentence into the correct igbo phrase using the correct "to be" verb.  Where are you?  Ebee ka ị nọ? I am tall- A dị m ogologo I am a wealthy person- A bụ  m  ọgaranya Stay one place- Nọ ofu ebe Other phrases  Sit -nọdụ  Sit down - nọdu ala  Stay!-Nọ Stay still (be easy)- Nọ nwayọ Music: Zoro ft Flavour - Ogene (Instrumental) Produced by KexyKlef x Majorbangz
29:12
February 24, 2019
Episode 8: Ịbụ vs Ịdị
In english, everything simply just is. The to be verb can be used when stating, I am a girl,  He is 32 years old, or They are at the house. Also notice that in english the "to be" verb also changes or is conjugated based off the pronoun, ie: "is, are, am."  The way Igbo people conceptualize the "to be" verb is different however. In this episode we explain that the "Ịbụ" "to be" verb in Igbo is used more when expressing a category of an object or its literally "being" while "Ịdị" is more so used to qualify that being or to speak towards an attribute. There is another form of the "to be" verb in the igbo language used to explain "to be at a place," (explored in the next upcoming episode).  Note luckily in Igbo the "to be" verb remains the same "bụ" or "dị" or " nọ" irregardless of the pronoun uses. Listen to this episode to explore more and also practice with exercises.  Music- Akula: Owu Onye Ara by The Funkees
21:35
February 18, 2019
Episode 7.1 Advanced Number
This episode gives a bit more practice on formulating numbers and then introduces numbers such as 100, 1000,  and 1,000,000 100- narị 1000- puku 1,000, 000- nde Review previous episode for overview of numbers.  Music: Ijele by Flavour ft Zoro
11:50
February 1, 2019
Episode 7: Ọnụọgụgụ
Ọnụọgụgụ  means Numbers in Igbo.   In this lesson, we go over Igbo number 1-10 and then using this knowledge formulate other numbers from 1-99.  Igbo Numbers in Igbo Izugbe (Central Igbo)  1:   otu (ofu- very common to hear)  2:  abụọ 3:  atọ 4:  anọ 5:   ise 6:   isii 7:   asaa 8:   asatọ 9:   itoolu (itenani) (eteghiete) 10:  iri Note: in Parentheses are other common ways to hear the Igbo number being called. In this audio we also cover how numbers are pronounced in the Anambra dialect where there are smaller variations in spelling and thus pronunciation ::Exercise 1- Udaume of the numbers:: Listen to the pronunciation of each number and identify which vowel group you are hearing. this will be a great way to reinforce some of those vowel sounds and your ability to recognize them!  Remember (refer episode 5) -  heavy vowels (udaaro) ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’,’u’  - light vowels (udamfe) ‘a’, ị ọ ụ Listen to audio and try to answer before viewing 1:     otu : Heavy vowels 2:    abụọ 3:    atọ: Light vowels 4:    anọ: Light Vowels  5:     ise: Heavy vowels 6:     isii: Heavy vowels  Numbers 1-99  Once you know Igbo numbers from 1-10 you can figure out any other number with addition or using “and” in igbo which is (in this case)“na.” So for example 11 is 10+1 or iri na otu 11- iri na otu 12- iri na abụọ 13- iri na atọ 14- iri na anọ 15- iri na ise  16- iri na isii Note: in pronunciation, there is vowel swallowing that occurs in normal speech between the “na” and the word that follows.  Multiplication is needed when counting by 10s so example 20 is 10*2 or 10 two times  10 iri  20 iri abụọ 30 iri atọ 40 iri anọ 50 iri ise  60 iri isii  ::Exercise 2- Question game:: Listen to the numbers given by Onyinye in English and try and figure out how to say the number in Igbo.  Common Phrase to know using numbers to come across meaning  - Things with pronouns       · Ha abụọ- them two       · Unu abụọ - you two (the two of you)      · Anyi anọ- the 4 of us - Other Phrases · Ugboro – Times  o Ex Ugboro olee ka m kpọrọ gi?- how many times did I call you  o Ugboro ise – 5 times  · Ofu ihe – same thing  o Ex: Ha bu ofu ihe.  Exercise 3: Numbers in Names of Places  · Mbaise   · Mbanọ · Ochasiatọ · Mbaitoolu  Note: mba here can mean “town,” “community,” “nation” “the people of a place, ” typically used when describing a place that is not your own. 
37:36
February 1, 2019
Episode 6.1: Ajụjụ in Action
In this Episode, we put our question words into action by role playing two scenarios. This is a good exercise to help with comprehension as well as working on pronunciation and command of the Igbo question words. Uchenna :So Ifunanya, here’s the scenario: let’s say, we’re siblings living in the same house. I have some juicy gossip to tell you, and I knock on your door. Our conversation may sound like this: I knock and you may say: “Onye no n’uzo?” which means “Who is at the door?” and I may reply “O bu m, Uchenna” which means “It is me, Uchenna.” You may then ask “Gini ka i choro?” What do you want?” And I may say “Achoro m ikwuru gi okwu” “I want to talk to you.” Now let’s act it out. Exercise 1 Role play: Uchenna: *kwai kwai kwai* Ifunanya: Onye nọ n’ụzọ? Uchenna: Ọ bu m, Uchenna. Ifunanya: Gini ka i chọrọ? Uchenna: Achoro m ikwuru gi okwu. Uchenna: Now let’s switch roles. Ifunanya: *kwai kwai kwai* Uchenna: Onye nọ n'ụzọ? Ifunanya: Ọ bu m, Ifunanya. Uchenna: Gini ka i chọrọ? Ifunanya: Achoro m ikwuru gi okwu. Uchenna: Well done. I na-agbali. You’re putting in a great effort. Now let’s say we’re friends who have not seen each other in a while. I visit your home unexpectedly and you are surprised to see me. After I knock and tell you who I am, you may excitedly ask “Kedu mgbe i batara?”...”When did you get in?” And I may reply “Abatara m unyaahu”...”I came in yesterday.” And you may say “Ebee ka i si bata?”...”From where did you come?” And I may reply “Esi m Nigeria”...”I came from Nigeria.” And you may say “Maka gini ka i biara?”...”Why did you come?” And I may reply “Abiara m maka ezumike”...”I came for a vacation.” You may then say “Kedu otu i di? Biko bata nwere mmanya, nke olee ka i choro?”...”How are you? Please come in and take a drink. Which one do you want?” And I may say “Adi m mma, daalu. Achoro m mmiri”...”I’m fine, thank you. I want water.” Now let’s act it out. Role play: Uchenna: *kwai kwai kwai* Ifunanya: Onye nọ n'ụzọ? Uchenna: O bu m, Uchenna. Ifunanya: Ewooooo, kedu mgbe i batara? Uchenna: Abatara m ụnyaahụ  Ifunanya: Ebee ka i si bata? Uchenna: Esi m Nigeria. Ifunanya: Maka gini ka i bịara? Uchenna: Abịara m maka ezumike. Ifunanya: Kedu otu i di? Biko bata were mmanya, nke olee ka i chọrọ? Uchenna: Adi m mma, daalu. Achọrọ m mmiri Uchenna: Now let’s switch roles again. Ifunanya: *kwai kwai kwai* Uchenna: Onye nọ n'ụzọ? Ifunanya: O bu m, Ifunanya. Uchenna: Ewooooo, kedu mgbe i batara? Ifunanya: Abatara m ụnyaahụ. Uchenna: Ebee ka i si bata? Ifunanya: Esi m Nigeria. Uchenna: Maka gini ka i bịara? Ifunanya: Abịara m maka ezumike” Uchenna: Kedu otu i di? Biko bata were mmanya, nke olee ka i chọrọ? Ifunanya: Adi m mma, daalu. Achọrọ m mmiri Recap Question Words  Question Words Who?...Onye? What?...Gini? When?...Mgbe olee? Where?...Ebee? Ebe olee? Why?...Maka gini? How?...Otu olee? Or Olee Otu Which?...Nke olee? (Note: "Otu olee" can be used when just simply asking "how?" While "Ole otu" is the start of a sentence beginning with "how" and followed by other words.  Kedu in combination with these words are phrases that start a question. Here is what I mean: Kedu + onye...? means “who is…?” Kedu + mgbe...? means “when is...?” Kedu + ebe...? means “where is...?” Kedu + otu...? means “how is/are….?” Kedu + nke...? means “which one...?” Kedu in front of any other noun…? can mean “what is....?” Music: Onye bu nwanne m by Onyeka
13:13
January 19, 2019
Episode 6: Ajụjụ
Ifunanya: Uche nnọ , kee maka izu  ngwụcha  gi? I na-eweta onwe gi?   Uchenna: Ndeewo Ifunanya; izu m gara ofuma. Gi nwa kwanu? Kedu ka i mere? .... Uchenna: Daalu maka ajụjụ  gi. Thank you for your question. In today’s lesson we will talk about how to ask questions,  ịjụ ajụjụ, in Igbo. To start off, let’s go back to basics. You can even think back to when you were in grade school. What were you taught are the “question words in English”? Ifunanya: Sure; they were “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “ why,” and “how.”  ... Note questions can also be made from statements based off of tone/voice inflections. Example: You have a question: I nwere ajụjụ.  Do you have a question: I nwere ajụjụ? (change in tone) Exercise 1: Review of Survival Kit Question Phrases What did you say? ---> Gini ka i kwuru? Or Isi gini? How do I say ____ in igbo?--->  Olee otu m ga-esi kwuo ____ n’Igbo? What is ____ in igbo?---> Gini bu ____ n’Igbo.  Question Words Who?...Onye? What?...Gini?  When?...Mgbe olee?  Where?...Ebee? Ebe olee? Why?...Maka gini? How?...Otu olee? Or Olee Otu Which?...Nke olee? (Note: "Otu olee" can be used when just simply asking "how?" While "Ole otu" is the start of a sentence beginning with "how" and followed by other words.   Kedu in combination with these words are phrases that start a question. Here is what I mean: Kedu + onye...? means “who is…?” Kedu + mgbe...? means “when is...?” Kedu + ebe...? means “where is...?” Kedu + otu...? means “how is/are….?” Kedu + nke...? means “which one...?” Kedu in front of any other noun…? can mean “what is....?” (Note: There are many variations of ways that questions can be formed beyond what is discussed here. What will be important is to just pick a place to start and phrases that are easiest for you to integrate into speech and then from there work on learning the other variations) Exercise 2 Listen to the question, identify which question word is being used, the meaning of the phrase, and then attempt to respond. Gini bu aha gi? --->What is your name?              -Kedu aha (afa) gi?     2. Onye ka i bu? --->Who are you?              -Kedu onye i bu?    3. Ebee ka i nọ? ---> Where are you?              -Kedu ebee i nọ?    4. Olee mgbe i nwere oge?---> When do you have time?             -Kedu mgbe i nwere oge?    5. Nke olee masiri gi karia, jollofu Nigeria ka o bu jollofu Ghana? Which do you like better, Nigerian jollof or Ghanaian jollof?            - Kedu nke masiri gi karia, jollofu Nigeria ka o bu jollofu Ghana?     6. Olee otu i di? How are you?               -Kedu otu i di?
23:45
January 19, 2019
Episode 5.1: Udaume II
   In this episode, we jump right into exercises to help better solidify Udaume, vowels in Igbo. And then, we further explore how vowel harmony dictates which pronouns to use in certain instances.  Exercise I Listen to the audio before reading the answers below. Objective of this exercise is to listen to the vocabulary words and see if you can, correctly identify the vowel group you are hearing in a word ie Udaarụ (Heavy vowels) vs Udaarụ (Light vowels) whether the word · Ude - lotion (Heavy vowels) · Nkịta - dog (Light) · Igbo (Heavy Vowels) · Nwaanyị- woman (Light Vowels) · Nwoke- man  (Heavy Vowels) · Akwụkwọ (Light Vowels) · Oroma- orange (Exception: contains both) · Kpọ- call (Light Vowels) Subject Pronouns Recap  English - Igbo I  M/ Mu You (sing)  Ị /I He/She/It  Ọ /O We  Anyi  You (pl) Ụnụ They  Ha When learning subject pronouns, a few of the pronouns had dependent variations to them. These were when saying you (singular) which can be either and he/she/it which can be . In this episode, we now learn that this difference is based off of keeping vowel harmony between the pronoun and the preceding verb.  Example given: Biara- past tense of the verb “to come- ịbịa” so it can be used to say “came” With this verb, we see that the vowels that make it up are Udamfe (light vowels). This thus means that the pronoun that should be used to say  You came - Ị bịara so the Ị  NOT I  Or  He came - Ọ bịara so the  Ọ NOT O Note: with the first person subject pronoun vowel harmony also comes into place with the use of a/e ___(verb) m. This will be explained in another episode however.  Exercise 3: (12:06)  Reason through which pronoun would be used for the various verbs  · ___  (you) jere         - Answer: I jere  · ____ (you) gara        - Answer: Ị gara  · _____ (He) riri       -O riri (He/she/it ate) · ____  (It) tara       - Ọ tara (He/she/it chewed) · _____ (you) gbara        -I gbara  · _____ (she) Biara      - Ọ bịara  Other notes: Omenka means Artist  Ome- doer Nka- art (artist is a "doer of art") Music: Ife Onye Metula- Chief Osita Steven Osadebe 
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January 12, 2019
Episode 5: Udaume I
Initial Dialogue I: Maazi Omenka nno, kee kwanu? O: Adi m mma, Obi di m mma ino ebe a, soro nyere aka ikwuzi asụsụ Igbo. I : Daalu rinne maka i nonyere anyi ebe a. Review of Diagraphs from previous episode Exercise 1: Try to Identify the correct digraph just by listening first before looking below. Also test yourself on the meaning before looking at the answer. • Igbo • Ígwè– metal also often used to refer to a bike • Kpo- call • Nwaanyi – woman • Chinyere – name God gives • ghere – fry • akwukwo- paper/book (and many other things in context) Semi vowels- should not be confused with udampki. The first letter is the tone bearing sound Nkem Nna Nne Mma (Nma) “nn” and “nk” Udaume- Vowels • Uda- means sound • Ume- means breathe There are two categories of vowels in Igbo Udaarụ – The heavy vowels • aru- means heavy • I E U O Udamfe- The light vowels • mfe- light/easy • Ị A Ụ Ọ Vowel Harmony in Igbo dictates that in a word typically only vowels from a particular set is are used to formulate that word. This typically holds true with the exception of: • Compound words • Borrowed Words • Natural and/or Dialects Follow along from here as each vowel sound is recited: 23:57: Udaarụ (Heavy Vowels) • I • E example eze (king) • U example ukwe (song) • O example ogologo (long/tall) 26:10 Udamfe (Light Vowels) • Ị • A example akpa (bag) • Ụ example • Ọ think of saying “awwww” Check out Udaume II for more. Music: Ife Onye Metula- Chief Osita Steven Osadebe
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January 11, 2019
Episode 4.1 Pronouns Recap and Extra Exercise
Subject pronouns English- Igbo I- M/Mụ You (singular)- I /Ị He/She/It- O/Ọ We-Anyi You (plural)- Ụnụ They- Ha Object Pronouns Me -M You (singular)- Gi Him/Her/It- Ya Us- Anyi You (plural)- Ụnụ Them - Ha Extra Practice Lets take the sentence "I am going to school" and work through the subject pronouns. I am going to school M na-aga ụlọ akwụkwọ You are going to school ị na-aga ụlọ akwụkwọ He/She/It are going to school ọ na-aga ụlọ akwụkwọ We are going to school anyi na-aga ụlọ akwụkwọ You (pl) are going to school ụnụ na-aga ụlọ akwụkwọ They are going to school ha na-aga ụlọ akwụkwọ As mentioned when using an object pronoun the only things that changes is "ị/i" turns into "gi" and "him/her/it" is "ya." Now to practice the object pronouns that change let's try saying: I saw you M fụrụ gi I saw it M fụrụ ya Note: Igbo pronouns do not have gender as seen with he/she and even “it” which are all said as either “O/Ọ” when a subject and him/her/it said as “ya” when an object. Also The difference presented of "I or Ị" for "you" and "O or Ọ" are a result of vowel harmony and will be better explained in the next episode on vowels. For now just focus on being able to better identify and use the correct pronoun to formulate your sentences and as you advance, you can add on the extra layer of making sure you are following the correct vowel harmony rules. Music: Music: Na Kwa Echeki by Dr Sir Warrior and Oriental Brothers
06:41
December 22, 2018
Episode 4: Nnọchi Aha(Pronouns)
Ifunanya: Nno- welcome Victor: Kee ka izu gị si aga? - How is your week going? (week is izu in igbo) Ifunanya: Izu m gara ọfụma. Ebidoro m semester ọhụrụ - My week went well, I started a new semester. (“new”-ọhụrụ many dialectal variations) Ifunanya: Kee maka izu gi?- what about your week? Victor: Mee nke mee nke a, ekweghi nwata zuuru ike (igbo proverb: do this do that, wont allow the child to rest.” Pronouns known as Nnọchi Aha in Igbo, which translates to “to be in the place of a name” At the very basic sentence structure level, Igbo follows a similar pattern with English in that sentences are also constructed in the “subject verb object” format. When addressing pronouns, we thus we will look at the pronouns used when a subject or when an object of a sentence. Take this sentence Chijioke plays ball. “Chijioke” is the subject here, “plays” the verb, and “ball” the object. Victor: Gwa m onye na gba bọọlụ?- Tell me who plays ball? Ifunanya: Ọ na- gba bọọlụ- He plays ball. Chijioke reads a book Ọ na-agụ akwụkwọ Chijioke rides a bike Ọ na-agba igwe He rides it. Ọ na-agba ya. Pronouns in their categories broken down: Subject pronouns English- Igbo I- M/Mụ You (singular)- I /Ị He/She/It- O/Ọ We-Anyi You (plural)- Ụnụ They- Ha When you you need to use an object pronoun, most of them stay the same as the above list except for with “you and now, him/her/it” see the difference in the list below where "you" becomes “gi” and "him/her/it" becomes “ya.” Also for what will now be “me” is most properly just “M” but sometimes heard and said as “Mụ” especially for emphasis. See list below. Object pronouns Me -M You (singular)- Gi Him/Her/It- Ya Us- Anyi You (plural)- Ụnụ Them - Ha Examples after categories listing Subject He is going- Ọ na-aga They draw well- Ha na-ese nke ọma (Ha na-ese ọfụma ) She is the boss- Ọ bụ onye isi Object Chijioke has it - O ji ya They called you- Ha kpọrọ gi Chijioke is talking to her - Ọ na-ekwu ya okwu ** *(this one is more complex the verb and complement here is ikwu okwu to be covered later* Note: Igbo pronouns do not have gender as seen with he/she and even “it” which are all said as either “O/Ọ” when a subject and him/her/it said as “ya” when an object. The difference displaced of I or Ị for you and O or Ọ are a result of vowel harmony and will be better explained in the next episode on vowels. For now just focus on being able to better identify and use the correct pronoun to formulate your sentences and as you advance you can add on the extra layer of making sure you are following the correct vowel harmony. Exercise 1 Using the verb “imere - to do” formulate different sentences using the different pronouns given 1. Subject “they”and object “it” - “They did it” a. Ha mere ya 2. Subject “you (singular”) and object “me” and verb “called”-- you called me b. i kpọrọ m 3. Subject “you” and verb “going” and object school. c. ị na-aga ụlọ akwụkwọ Exercise 2- Comprehension Identify whether the sentence correctly uses the pronouns. 1. He/she it called me a. Ya kpọrọ m: INCORRECT b. Ọ kpọrọ m: CORRECT 2. He/she/it is looking at it a. Ọ na-ele ya: CORRECT 3. You (pl) told her a. Ụnụ gwara ọ: INCORRECT b. Ụnụ gwara ya→ CORECT 4. They saw us a. Ha hụrụ (fụrụ) anyi- CORECT 5. Gi mere ya vs Ọ gi mere ya- note the explanation of this in the audio Note: Igbo pronouns do not have gender as seen with he/she and even “it” which are all said as either “O/Ọ” when a subject and him/her/it said as “ya” when an object. Also The difference presented of "I or Ị" for "you" and "O or Ọ" are a result of vowel harmony and will be better explained in the next episode on vowels. Music: Na Kwa Echeki by Dr Sir Warrior and Oriental Brothers
30:40
December 22, 2018
Episode 3.1: Udamkpi Recap
This is a recap of Udamkpi, double consonant letters in Igbo. It is intended for learners who may want some additional help practicing these digraphs and working on putting them into action with some vocabulary words. Ch chara - ripe Gw egwu - music Gg Igbo Kp: Akpa - bag Kw: Sounds like the “qu” in queen Kwusi - stop Nw Nwoke- man/male Ny inyere- to give Sh: Nshiko - crab We also spoke about the consonant Ṅ. It is NOT an Udamkpi but just a difficult consonant for learners and so reviewed in this episode as well. Ṅ ịṅụ- to drink aṅụrị ---- to rejoice/happiness Learning Tools Gb- say "tug boat" fast, the sound made between the two words Kp- say "stuck pot" fast, the sound made between the two words Ṅ - saying "longing" then try saying it only with the "ng" Music: Ejeagha by Obiako Nnwam
06:02
December 14, 2018
Episode 3: Udamkpi (Double Consonants)
This episode focuses on what is known as Udamkpi in Igbo, as digraphs by linguist, and more colloquially as "double consonants." Udampki There are nine digraphs in Igbo language. Digraphs are two letters written together to represent single sounds. Igbo digraphs are made up of consonants and are regarded as single letters. ch, gb, gh, gw, kp, kw, nw, ny, sh, In the Igbo alphabet there are 36 Igbo letters total, 19 consonants, 9 Digraphs (double consonants) and 8 vowels. Overview of Alphabets : A B CH D E F G GB GH GW H I Ị J K KP KW L M N NW NY Ṅ O Ọ P R S SH T U Ụ V W Y Z (ran through quickly in this episode, for more on the entire alphabet check out youtube and other online resources) Diagraphs and Examples Ch: Chara (ripe), icho (to want) , Gb: Gbara (to run) ezigbo (good) igbo Gh: ghoro (to chose) a ghotaghi (I dont understand) Gw: Sounds like gwara (told) egwu (music) ogwu (medicine/drug) Kp: Sounds like akpa- bag. Mkpuru- seed apku- fermented casava Kw: Kwuo (speak) Kwusi (stop) Nw: Nwaanyi (woman) Nwoke (man) Ny inyere- to give , Anya (eyes) Onye ( depends on where it is in a sentence can me who, or can mean person) Sh Nshiko (crab) isha (crayfish) Ṅ ** nnuo (drink) inu (drink) anuli (happiness/rejoice) **Note: Ṅ a digraph but difficult to pronounce for learners and gone over in this episode** Pronunciation Tools • Gb- say "tug boat" quickly and that sound that is made between the words • Kp- say " stuck pot" quickly and that sound that is made between the two words • Ṅ- Try saying Longing or Long then try saying it dropping the other letters except the "n and g." Exercise 1: (Try listening to identify the sound you are hearing in the words before looking at these answers) 1. Onye (context dependent who or person) 2. Kwusi (stop) 3. Nwata (child) 4. Okpukpu - (bone) 5. Enyo- (mirror) 6. ikpo - (to call) 7. Ishi (crab) 8. Ngwa 9. Ekpere (Prayer) (note this is very different from Ebere which means Mercy or Pitty) Music: Ejeagha by Obiako Nnwam
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December 14, 2018
Episode 2.1- Exercises And Recap
This audio puts into action the phrases learned in Episode 2 and then recaps all of the phrases, depending on your goals, I would suggest going through the exercise without looking through the visual at first to test your knowledge then refer back. Good morning: • i saala chi? • i bọọla chi? Thank you · Daalu** · I meela (you have done well)** · Deeme · Ndewo Response to thank you · ooo ( a sound that is made) No problem · Nsogbu adighi · Nsogbu adiro Hello/Salutation · Ndewo · Daalu · Kedu (abbreviation for “how are you, also used similarly as a hello) He/she is greeting you • Ọ na ekele gi Greet him/her (again) • Kele ya (ọzọ ) Survival Kit Phrases/ Introduction What is your name? • Gini bu aha (afa) gi? • Kedu aha (afa) gi? My name is ______. • Aha (afa) m bu ______. How old are you? • Afọ ole ka i di? I am ____ years old. • A dim afọ _____. __ years old. • Afọ ____. Where are you from? • Onye ebee ka i bu? • I bu onye ebee? • Gini bu aha obodo gi? (obodo - place/town) I am from? • A bu m onye ______. • Onye ______. Music: Agbalụ aka na azọ anị by Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe
15:35
December 7, 2018
Episode 2: Beginner phrases cont., Introduction, & More
This episode builds upon the previous episode with more phrases that can easily be integrated in everyday life. It also explores basic phrases a learner may hear and use to introduce him/herself to another Igbo speaker. Afamefuna (Afamefula)- Igbo name that means "my name will never be lost" Review of Greetings Welcome: • Nnọọ Good morning: • i saala chi? • i bọọla chi? • ụtụtụ oma (the above two are more authentic Igbo expressions for this) New phrases Thank you: · Daalu** · I meela (you have done well)** · Deeme · Ndewo Response to thank you · ooo ( a sound that is made) No problem · Nsogbu adighi · Nsogbu adiro Hello/Salutation · Ndewo · Daalu · Kedu (abbreviation for “how are you, also used similarly as a hello) (Note: Ndewo and Daalu can be used as either hello or thank you depending on the context, if you're a beginner it may be easier to just internalize "Daalu" for "thank you" and "Ndewo" for "hello" and with time and more immersion it will all become clearer.) He/she is greeting you • Ọ na ekele gi Greet him/her (again) • Kele ya (ọzọ ) Kelechi- Igbo name meaning Thank God Ekelechi (Ekene)- Igbo name meaning Thank God (Note: ikele is the verb to thank; kele is imperative form; ekele is a noun which means thank and/or greet) Survival Kit Phrases/ Introduction What is your name? • Gini bu aha (afa) gi? • Kedu aha (afa) gi? My name is ______. • Aha (afa) m bu ______. How old are you? • Afọ ole ka i di? I am ____ years old. • A dim afọ _____. __ years old. • Afọ ____. Where are you from? • Onye ebee ka i bu? • I bu onye ebee? • Gini bu aha obodo gi? (obodo - place/town) I am from? • A bu m onye ______. • Onye ______. Music: Agbalụ aka na azọ anị by Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe
33:24
December 7, 2018
Episode 1.1 Recap
This sub-audio is a recap of the phrases and vocabulary of Episode 1 only. It is designed, especially for beginners, who need a bit more resources to help commit these phrases into memory as well as work on pronunciation. Welcome: • Nnọọ Good morning: • i saala chi? • i bọọla chi? • ụtụtụ oma (the above are more authetic igbo expressions for this) Goodbye • Ka chi fo • Ka chi bọọ Are you well/in good health? • Ahụ adikwa gi? (can also be ahu di gi?)(the "kwa adds emphasis) Yes, I am well/in good health • Ehen, Ahụ dịkwa gị No I am not well/in good health • Mba, Ahụ adighi m How are you? • Kedu? • Kedu ka i mere? • Kee ka i mere? • Olee otu i di? (There are many other variations that will be introduced in other episodes but this are three ways for starters) Survival Kit Phrases • I don’t understand : Aghotaghi m. (Aghotahu m. Aghotaa m.) • Did I say that right (well)?: Ekwuru m ya ofuma? • Say it again please : Kwuo ya ọzọ biko • Speak slowly(softly): Kwuo ya nwayọ • And you?: Ginwa kwanu? Gi kwanu? • What of _____ ?: Kee maka _____? Music: Ezigbo Mmadu Adiro Fechaa by Osadebe
02:54
December 1, 2018
Episode 1: Learn Igbo in 30 mins
In this episode, listeners will learn a few basic Igbo Greetings as well as phrases for their Beginner Igbo Language Survival Kits--- that is phrases that can get the listener to start speaking Igbo in their daily lives as well as beginning to navigate through different real life scenarios using the Igbo language. Greetings Slang: Pinọ pinọ kee way; Udo (meaning Peace) Welcome: • Nnọọ Good morning: • i saala chi? • i bọọla chi? • ụtụtụ oma (the above two are more authentic Igbo expressions for this) Goodbye • Ka chi fo • Ka chi bọọ Are you well/in good health? • Ahụ adikwa gi? (can also be ahu di gi?)(the "kwa adds emphasis) Yes, I am well/in good health • Ehen, Ahụ dị m No I am not well/in good health • Mba, Ahụ adighi m How are you? • Kedu? • Kedu ka i mere? • Kee ka i mere? • Olee otu i di? (There are many other variations that will be introduced in other episodes but these are four ways for starters) Survival Kit Phrases • I don’t understand : Aghotaghi m. (Aghotahu m. Aghotaa m.) • Did I say that right (well)?: Ekwuru m ya ọfụma? • Say it again please : Kwuo ya ọzọ biko • Speak slowly(softly): Kwuo ya nwayọ • And you?: Ginwa kwanu? • What of _____ ?: Kee maka _____? *** Note to say "and you" "ginwa kwanu" is often used but may not always be appropriate to say to one's elder. Rather you can say "gi kwanu" instead to an elder.*** Music: Ezigbo Mmadu Adiro Fechaa by Osadebe
26:30
November 13, 2018
Introduction: Nnọọ
This is the Introductory Episode to "Ọjị Abịala: An Igbo Podcast" which seeks to help individuals improve their Igbo speaking, comprehension, and more. The series is pioneered by a fellow Igbo learner who, in making great strides with her Igbo, wants to help others do the same. Each episode focuses on specific topics or themes and features a guest Igbo teacher/linguist. In this episode the founder, Ifunanya, gives an overview of how episodes will be conducted and also how the listeners can best begin their Igbo language journeys. Overall Tips for Success 1. Learning a new language is learning how to think a thought differently, welcome this! 2. Practice Regularly, episodes should be listened to and worked on repeatedly depending on ones level, to really get the most out of them. 3. Be Brave and Patient, in order to improve speech you have to have the courage to speak in the language and the willingness to make inevitable mistakes. 4. Make SMART goals meaning Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound goal. Tips for effectively learning with the podcast: 1. Listen in stages: For the first listen just be okay listening all the way through. Don’t feel you have to memorize or learn everything all at once. This will allow you to listen again to the episode with more specific objectives. 2. Visuals: each episode has a description that has the key words and phrases written out, use this to supplement your auditory learning during one or more of your stages of listening. 3. Exercises: Actively participate in the exercises of each episode, practice saying things out loud and testing your comprehension. 4. Recap Audio- these are short sub-clips of all the words and phrases from the previous episode. This is helpful for a learner who really wants to hone in on pronunciation and comprehension. Use this along with full episodes to help solidify what you’ve learned. Music: Eriwa by Ruffcoin
15:30
November 13, 2018
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