Oromo Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Oromo. 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 Oromo.

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

Present Tense
Oromo
I speak English
ingiliffa nan dubbadha
you speak French
afaan faransaayi dubbata
he speaks German
afaan jarmanii dubbata
she speaks Italian
afaan xaliyaani dubbatti
we speak Arabic
afaan arabaa dubbanna
they speak Chinese
afaan chayina dubbatu

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

Past Tense
Oromo
I visited France
biyya faransaayi ndaawwadhe
you visited Italy
biyya xaaliyaani daawwatte
he visited Morocco
biyya morooko daawwate
she visited China
biyya chaayina daawwatte
we visited Mexico
biyya meeksiko daawwanne
they visited Kenya
biyya keeniyaa daawwatan

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

Future Tense
Oromo
I will drink milk
buna ndhuga
you will drink coffee
buna dhugda
he will drink tea
inni shaayi dhuga
she will drink water
bishaan dhugdi
we will drink apple juice
chuunfaa apili dhugna
they will drink tea
jarri shaayi dhugu

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

ear
ear
gurra
eye
eye
ija
mouth
mouth
afaan
nose
nose
funyaan
hair
hair
dabbasaa
face
face
fuula
head
head
mataa
heart
heart
onnee
hand
hand
harka
fingers
fingers
quboota
leg
leg
luka
feet
feet
miilla

Travel Phrases in Oromo

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

English
Oromo
Can you help me?
na gargaarta?
Can I help you?
si gargaaru?
Where is the airport?
dirreen xiyyaaraa eessa?
Go straight
fuuluma dura ke deemi
Then
yeros
Turn left
gara bitaa gori
Turn right
gara mirgaa gori

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Oromo 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.

Oromo Vocabulary   Oromo Vocabulary

Oromo Audio   Oromo Audio



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