Writing in the Igbo Language: Standards and Trends, by M.
Tones are sometimes indicated in writing, and sometimes not.
There are also some modern movements to restore the use of and modernize nsibidi as a writing system,   which mostly focus on Igbo as it is the most populous language that used to use nsibidi.
Proverbs[ edit ] Proverbs and idiomatic ilu in Igbo expressions are highly valued by the Igbo people and proficiency in the language means knowing how to intersperse speech with a good dose of proverbs. Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart describes proverbs as "the palm oil with which words are eaten".
Proverbs are widely used in the traditional society to describe, in very few words, what could have otherwise required a thousand words. Proverbs may also become euphemistic means of making certain expressions in the Igbo society, thus the Igbo have come to typically rely on this as avenues of certain expressions.
Examples can be found in Jamaican Patois: The word Bim, a name for Barbados, was commonly used by enslaved Barbadians Bajans.
This word is said to derive from the Igbo language, derived from bi mu or either bem, Ndi bem, Nwanyi ibem or Nwoke ibem English: My people  but it may have other origins see: In modern times, Igbo people in the diaspora are putting resources in place to make the study of the language accessible.
Present state[ edit ] There are some discussions as to whether the Igbo language is in danger of extinction, advanced in part by a UNESCO report that predicted the Igbo language will become extinct within 50 years. Preference for the English language in post-colonial Nigeria has usurped the Igbo language's role and function in society,  as English is perceived by Igbo speakers as the language of status and opportunity.
Aside from its role in numerous facets of daily life in Nigeria, globalization exerts pressure to utilize English as a universal standard language in support of economic and technological advancement. English was preferred by Igbo speakers at English loanwords, which are usually nouns, have been found to retain English semantics, but typically follow phonological and morphological structures of Igbo.
Lexical items conform to the vowel harmony intrinsic to Igbo phonological structures. For example, loanwords with syllable-final consonants may be assimilated by the addition of a vowel after the consonant, and vowels are inserted in between consonant clusters, which have not been found to occur in Igbo.
Igbo affixes to English verbs determine tense and aspectual markers, such as the Igbo suffix -i affixed to the English word check, expressed as the word CHECK-i. This unification is perceived by Chukwuma Azuonye as undermining the survival of Igbo by erasing diversity between dialects.
Everyday usage of Igbo proverbs has declined in recent generations of speakers, which threatens loss in intergenerational transmission.Nov 03, · Learn the Igbo Alphabet and how to pronounce the letters. grupobittia.com Grammar: Grammatical rules and structures in Igbo [50 words] Flashcards: Vocabulary trainer for words, phrases and grammar [ cards] Words: Most important words to be used on a daily basis [ words] Quiz: Test your vocabulary knowledge with this interactive test [26 words] Letters: Learn how to .
Write a number in full in Igbo. Enter a number and get it written in full in Igbo. 3 • LANGUAGE The Igbo language belongs to the Niger-Congo language family.
It is part of the Kwa subfamily. A complicated system of high and low tones indicates differences in meaning and grammatical relationships.
There are a wide range of dialects. A collection of useful phrases in Igbo, a Volta-Niger language spoken in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea by about 18 million people. Click on any of the (non-English) phrases that are links (blue) to hear them spoken.
If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please. The Writing of Igbo Metalanguage: Metalanguage is the language used in writing, describing and speaking about specialized matters in a language.
It contains technical terms of all sorts for all subjects.