Are you wondering how to say hello in Igbo? Or maybe just how to say a few pleasantries in Igbo. Well, sit tight, in this article, we will be showing you how to say hello in Igbo. But we are not going to stop there, we will show you how to say a few greetings in Igbo language.
How to Say Hello in Igbo?
To say hello in Igbo, you should say “Ndeewo”.
But here’s is the thing, no one actual uses the word “Ndeewo” to say hello in Igbo again. What people actually say in Igbo is a bunch of other words that can go for hello.
If you use google translate to transcribe hello in Igbo, what you’d get is “Nnọọ”. “Nnọọ” in Igbo is actually welcome. It is used when you want to tell someone welcome when they just come back from somewhere.
For example, when your friend comes back home from work, what you say is “Nnọọ”. So sorry to say, but google got this one wrong.
So how exactly do you say hello in Igbo?
First of all, hello in Igbo is all based on context.
When you see someone and you want to say hello, you can say: “Kee kwanu”? “Kee kwanu” means “how are you doing” and can pass as hello.
You can also say, Kedụ? Kee ka ị mee? Olee otu i mere? Kedụ ka ọ dị? Kee kwanụ? Kedụ ka ị mere?
And they all mean how are you.
How to say other greetings in Igbo
So like I said, Igbo language is very contextual and requires you to know what situation requires what greeting in Igbo.
Here are a bunch of other greetings in Igbo.
- To say “Welcome” in Igbo, you should say “Nnọọ” or “Daalụ”
- To say “How are you?” in Igbo, say “Kedụ?” or “Kee ka ị mee?” or “Olee otu i mere?” or “Kedụ ka ọ dị?” or “Kee kwanụ?” or “Kedụ ka ị mere?”
To reply, say: “Ọ di mụ mma” or “A di mụ mma”
- To say “Long Time No See” in Igbo, say “Anya ịị” or “Anya gị” which literally means “your eye”.
To reply, say: “Anya n’ibe ya”
- “What’s your name?” in Igbo means “Kedụ aha gị?” or “Kedụ afa gị?”
- To say “Where are you from?” in Igbo, say “Onye ebee ka ị bụ?”
- To say “My name is …” in Igbo, say “Aha m bụ …” or “Afa m bụ …”
- To say “I’m from …” in Igbo, say “A bụ m onye …” or “E si m …”
- To say “Pleased to meet you“, say, “Nnọọ or Daalụ.”
- Good morning means “Ị bọọla chi” or “Ị saala chị” or “Ị pụtakwaa ọfụma” or “Ị larụkwaa ọfụma”
- To say “Good afternoon” in Igbo, say “Ndeewo”. The same goes for good evening.
Here is a list of other important ways to greet in Igbo.
|Good night||Ka chi foo|
Ka ọ bọọ (reply)
Ka ọ dị (see you)
Ka ọ dị echi (see you tomorrow)
|Good luck!||Ya gaziere gị|
Nwee chi ọma
|Cheers! Good Health!|
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Mma mma nụ!|
|Have a nice day||Ya gaziere gị taa|
(May it go well for you today)
Have a nice meal
|Rie nke ọma|
|Bon voyage /|
Have a good journey
|I understand||Aghọtara m|
|I don’t understand||Aghọtaghị m|
|I don’t know||Amaghị m|
|Please speak more slowly||Biko jịrị nwayọ kwuo okwu|
|Please say that again||Biko, kwuo ịhe ahụ ọzọ|
|Please write it down||Biko detuo ya|
|Do you speak English?||Ị na-asụ Bekee?|
Ị na-asụ oyibo?
|Do you speak Igbo?||Ị na-asụ Igbo?|
|Yes, a little|
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
|Eee, a na m asụ obele Igbo|
Eee, a na m asụ ntakịrị Ịgbo
|Speak to me in Igbo||Sụọrọ m Igbo|
Sụọlụ m ịgbo
Gwam okwu n’Igbo
|How do you say … in Igbo?||Kedụ ịfe ana akpọ … n’asụsụ Igbo?|
Kedụ ịhe ana akpọ … N’asụsụ Igbo?
Kedụ ka e si ekwu … n’asụsụ ịgbo?
Gịnị ka a na-akpọ … n’Igbo?
|Excuse me||Biko chere (for attention)|
Biko, chetụ (for attention)
Biko, iwe e wela gị (begging pardon)
Biko, e wel iwe (begging pardon)
|How much is this?||Ego ole ka ihe a bụ?|
Egọ one ka ịfe a bụ?
Ihe a ọ bụ ego ole?
Gbaghara m (Forgive me)
Gbaghalụ m (Forgive me)
|Thank you||Ị meela|
|Reply to thank you||Nsogbu adịghịị|
Nsogbu adịrọọ (No worries)
|Where’s the toilet / bathroom?||Ebee ka ụlọ mposi dị?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Ezi Nwoke a ga-akwụ ụgwọ ịhe niile|
|This lady will pay for everything||Ezi nwanyị a ga-akwụ ụgwọ ịhe niile|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Ị chọrọ ka mụ na gị gbaa egwu?|
|I miss you||Obi gị na-eme m|
|I love you||A hụrụ m gị n’anya|
A fụlụ m gị n’anya
|Get well soon||Ndo|
Gbakee ngwa ngwa
|Go away!||Pụọ ebe a!|
Si ebe a pụọ!
Si m n’iru pụọ!
|Leave me alone!||Hapụ m aka!|
Rapụ m aka!
Haa m aka!
|Help!||Nyere m aka!|
A chọrọ m enyemaka!
Nyelụ m aka!
|Call the police!||Kpọọ ndị uwe ojii!|
|Christmas greetings||Ekene Ekeresimesi|
|New Year greetings||Ekene afọ ọhụụ|
Ekene arọ ọfụụ
|Easter greetings||Ekene mbilite ọnwụ Kristi|
|Birthday greetings||Ekene ncheta ọmụmụ|
Ị nwaka! (you’ve done well)
Unu anwaka! (you (plural) have done well)
|One language is never enough||Otu asụsụ anaghị ezu |
Ofu asụsụ anarọ ezu
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Azụ juputara na hovercraft m|
Azụ juputara n’ụgbọ ikuku m
I hope I have been able to show you how to say hello in Igbo and other greetings. Please leave us a comment below.