Yoruba Verbs

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

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

Present Tense
Yoruba
I speak English
mo nso geesi
you speak French
o nso faranse
he speaks German
o nso jaman
she speaks Italian
o nso italian
we speak Arabic
a nso larubawa
they speak Chinese
won nso shainis

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

Past Tense
Yoruba
I visited France
mo se abewo si faranse
you visited Italy
o se abewo si itali
he visited Morocco
o se abewo si moroko
she visited China
o se abewo si shina
we visited Mexico
a se abewo si meksiko
they visited Kenya
won se abewo si kenya

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

Future Tense
Yoruba
I will drink milk
emi yio mu wara
you will drink coffee
iwo yio mu kofi
he will drink tea
oun yio mu tii
she will drink water
oun yio mu omi
we will drink apple juice
a o mu oje eso-oro-oyinbo
they will drink tea
won yio mu tii

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

ear
ear
eti
eye
eye
oju
mouth
mouth
enu
nose
nose
imu
hair
hair
irun
face
face
oju
head
head
ori
heart
heart
okan
hand
hand
owo
fingers
fingers
ika
leg
leg
ese
feet
feet
atelese

Travel Phrases in Yoruba

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

English
Yoruba
Can you help me?
se o le ranmilowo?
Can I help you?
se mo le ran o lowo?
Where is the airport?
nibo ni papa oko ofurufu wa?
Go straight
lo taa-a-ra
Then
lehin-na
Turn left
ya si osi
Turn right
ya si otun

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Yoruba 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.

Yoruba Vocabulary   Yoruba Vocabulary

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