Sourced from Wikivoyage. Text is available under the CC-by-SA 3.0 license.Yorùbá (èdè Yorùbá) is a language native to West Africa, mainly near the Bight of Benin. With over 38 million speakers worldwide, Yorùbá is easily the most influential language in all of Africa. It is spoken chiefly in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo. Internationally, Yorùbá can be heard in England, Maryland, Texas, and New York.
A - like in the Spanish alphabet
E – like “a” in skate
Ẹ - like the first “e” elephant (dot written underneath the vowel to get the new sound: E / e + ̣: Ẹ / ẹ)
I – like in sweet
O – like “o” in sofa
Ọ - like the first “o” in octopus (dot written underneath the vowel to get the new sound: O / o + ̣: Ọ / ọ)
U – like “u” in blue
Basics; Hello? (informal) : Bawo ni?
; How are you? : Ṣé àláàfíà ni?
; Fine, thank you. : A dupẹ, ẹ se!
; What is your name? : Kíni orúkọ rẹ?
; What are your names? : Kíni orúkọ yín? (plural but also used for politeness towards elders)
; My name is ______ . : Orúkọ mi n jẹ _____. / Orúkọ mi ni ____.
; Nice to meet you. (informal) : Inu mi dun lati mọ o.
; Nice to meet you. (plural/honorific) : Inu mi dun lati mọ yin
; Please. : (Ẹ) jọọ (note: is plural in Yoruba but also used in respect to elders)
; Thank you. : ẹ se / o se (note: is singular and used amongst friends.)
; You're welcome. :Ko si nkan kan . (ko to ọpẹ)
; Yes. : bẹẹ ni
; No. : bẹẹ kọ / ó ti / ra ra
; Excuse me. (getting attention) : E jọwọ
; Excuse me. (begging pardon) : E ma binu (literally: "Don't be angry.")
; I'm sorry. : (E) pẹlẹ.
; Goodbye : O dabọ!
; I can't speak Yorùbá : N ko le sọ Yoruba / N kò le gbọ́ èdè Yorùbá
; I speak Yoruba a little bit: Mo gbọ́ èdè Yorùbá díẹ̀.
; Do you speak English? : Ṣe o le sọ èdè oyinbo?
; Is there someone here who speaks English? : Ṣe ẹnikẹni wa nibi ti o le sọ oyinbo?
; Help! : ẹ gba mi o! / ran mi lowo!
; Look out! : (E) wo bẹ yẹn!
; Good morning. : (Ẹ) ku aarọ = E kaaro
; Good evening. : (Ẹ) ku irolẹ = E kurole
; Good night. : (Ẹ) ku ale = E kaale
; Good night (to sleep) : O di aarọ! (note: could also be used as a dismissal. It literally means till morning.)
; I don't understand. : Ko ye mi.
; I understand. : O ye mi.
; I have a question. : Mo ni ibeeri.
; Where is the toilet? : Nibo ni ilé igbọnsẹ wa?
ọkan or ẹni or kan
eji or meji
(fifteen) note: fourteen is the last number in Yoruba, besides those in the tenth position)
(sixteen) note: to make sixteen Yoruba will subtract four (mẹrin) from twenty (õgún)
(twenty) note: Yoruba numbers uses increments of ten, but not like in English. It is shifted upward 15-24, 25-34, etc.
(twenty one) note: to make twenty one Yoruba will add one (ọkan) to twenty (õgún)
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Ago me loo lo lu? ( What Time is it?)
DurationIgbawo ni (When)
Writing time and date
TransportationAll forms of air transport - Oko ofurufu (ofurufu being sky)
All forms of rail transport - Oko oju irin (irin being steel/metal/rail
All forms of water transport - Oko Oju omi. ( You can now ellaborate further with size e.g. Nla (large), for a ship; Kekere (little/small) for a canoe or boat... E.g. Oko oju omi kekere ni mo wo wa (I can by a small water vehicle (canoe/boat))
Bus and trainTrain- Oko Oju Irin
On top of- L'orii
TaxiMany people use motorcycles to get around the heavy traffic in Nigeria. These motorcycle taxis are called OKADAs, pronounced oh-ka-dah. "Cabi" is Nigerian Pidgin, which is an alternative word for taxi.
LodgingThere are a lot of hotels in Nigeria which the staff can speak English fluently.
MoneyNaira. There is about 155 naira to the american dollar and 240 naira to a British pound.
EatingThere is a lot of variety from all over the world MacDolands in Nigeria is known as Mr Biggs.