Igbo Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Igbo. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Igbo.

Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Igbo conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:

Present Tense
Igbo
I speak English
a ma m asụ bekee
you speak French
ị ma asụ asụsụ ndị France
he speaks German
ọ na asụ asụsụ ndị Germany
she speaks Italian
ọ na asụ asụsụ ndị Italy
we speak Arabic
anyi na asụ arakwụba
they speak Chinese
ha na asụ asụsụ ndị China

The past tense in Igbo conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:

Past Tense
Igbo
I visited France
e jere m France
you visited Italy
ị jere Italy
he visited Morocco
ọ jere Morocco
she visited China
ọ jere China
we visited Mexico
anyị jere Mexico
they visited Kenya
ha jere Kenya

The future tense in Igbo conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:

Future Tense
Igbo
I will drink milk
m ga aňụ ala-efi
you will drink coffee
ị ga aňụ kọfị
he will drink tea
ọ ga aňụ ti
she will drink water
ọ ga aňụ mmiri
we will drink apple juice
ọ ga aňụ jus aplụ
they will drink tea
ha ga aňụ ti

Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.

ear
ear
ntị
eye
eye
anya
mouth
mouth
ọnụ
nose
nose
imi
hair
hair
ntutu ishi
face
face
iru
head
head
ishi
heart
heart
obi
hand
hand
aka
fingers
fingers
mkpịsị/mkpụrụ aka
leg
leg
ọkpa/ụkwụ
feet
feet
mkpịsị/mkpụrụ ụkwụ/ọkpa

Travel Phrases in Igbo

Imagine yourself in some Igbo speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!

English
Igbo
Can you help me?
ị ga enyere m aka?
Can I help you?
m ga enyere gị aka?
Where is the airport?
kedụ ebe ọdụ ụgbọelu nọ?
Go straight
gaba n'iru/ogologo
Then
emesie
Turn left
ba na aka-nri
Turn right
ba na aka-ekpe

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Igbo was not hard for you. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Igbo Vocabulary   Igbo Vocabulary

Igbo Audio   Igbo Audio



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