Sunday, July 3, 2011

language blog

Audio Recording on Sunday night by leggy

"my name is leggy. i'm 19. sugabelly asked the people in blogville to come together for the language blog that will enable us to start speaking our native languages and to give it back the honor and respect it deserves.
i haven't spoken igbo in a while because i go to college in america and some of the igbos in my school claim that they can't speak igbo and so i haven't spoken it cos i haven't found anyone to speak it with. so i decided to write down what i wanted to say so as not to speak with a mixture of igbo and english.
while i was writing down what i was going to say it occurred to me that there are several words that i do not know in igbo like 'sex', i asked my friend who suggested that it might be 'stupid things(i don't know how to translate this)' but she wasn't quite sure.
another thing is that in igbo we say 'ifunanya' which means 'love' but 'ifunanya' literally means 'what i see'. I don't know why we igbos decided to go with that word for love because i do not think that love is supposed to just be what you see but that's a discussion for another day.
i don't have anything else to say, i just decided to participate in this recent traditional that sugabelly brought to blogville this week.
so it's me as always,

have a good night. "

please do this challenge and go to sugabelly's blog and let her know that you did it and also to check out those who already did theirs. you don't have to be perfect, but if you don't speak cos you're not perfect how do you expect to get perfect? i always sound strange when i speak igbo but just enjoy sha.

Here are the rules:

1. It DOES NOT MATTER how well you can speak your language. The goal is to speak regardless. So don't worry if you don't speak that well or you have to include lots of English words. ALL language levels are welcome.

2. Video posts or Audio posts are strongly preferred. This is because the point is to hear and enjoy the spoken language. Written posts are frowned upon but will be accepted too. ^_^

3. Please always provide a translation for your readers of other ethnicities! Translations should be in English and can be in the form of captions under a video post, or written transcripts for audio and written posts.

4. Please tag each participating post as - language challenge - and post the link here in the comments so I can link to it and make all of them easy to find.

5. Please encourage other Nigerian bloggers to post in Nigerian languages.

love and peace,



iphyigbogurl said...

I think the Igbo word for sex (verb) is.. raa or laa

you are actually the first Awka person I know who doesn;t speak Igbo in an Awka dialect...every Awka person I've encountered speaks Awka to everybody...whether the person is Awka or (I'm guilty of this)

I remember when I kept saying "waa" to my friend when I want to say "no" ..instead of "mba" which is the general Igbo word for "no" and she was like "gini bu waa?" haha.

Your Igbo wasn;t half bad at all!

Sugabelly said...

Great!! I really liked yours. Sex is "Nladi" from the verb "Ila" - To have sex.

As for ifunanya, well that just comes from different cultures having different perspectives. Westerncultures associate the HEART with love and so theyhave expressions like "I love him With all my heart" whereas Igbo culture associates love with the STOMACH and the EYES whichis why our two main words/expressions for love reflect that:

Afomma - Love (lit: Good Stomach)

Ifunanya - Love (lit: To See In The Eye )-compare this phrase to something like "The girl who caughthis eye" and the Igbo association between love andthe eyes begins to make sense.

~B~ said...

haha, leggy why is it sex you want to know in Igbo ehn? :P

Your voice is very different from what I imagined. Good different though.

This was cool to listen to, I'm off to do mine!

TecknicoleurGrl said...

Okay, I'm yoruba so I didn't understand anything you said, but it was interesting trying to follow while reading the transcript. I like hearing you speak igbo. U sound just like one of my friends. I'm still deciding whether I should do this, because my yoruba is terrible. I'm still thinking about it, tho.

DiDi said...

I have to rehearse my Yoruba times Over before attempting anything. have to go get words..jeez.

Aseni said...


Nice Anon said...

lol some things you'd say in central igbo and others in Anambra igbo.
WOW you did great! Igbo gi di very tam tam!

Myne said...

Ka obo!

Nice one!

AliceDCL said...

i dont know why i cant hear the audio, it says the track isnt available :(,
same thing on sisi yemi's bloh

BSNC said...

Nice job : D

Ms. 'dufa said...

Nice one

Ginger said...

Leggy you're Igbo? Kunu aka Kunu aka!
Great job you did there!!!

Anya Posh said...

you tried! I'm not igbo but it sounds legit, but I wouldn't know either way ;)

CerebrallyBusy said...

I'm going to do this. Sounds interesting. Wow i am impressed by your igbo. I didn't understand a thing.

Aee Bonrue said...

your igbo is on pointo!

Chai! umu "diaspora" a unu n'emezim ihere ana e mem. Choi!

CLN said...

LOL u spoke it in central igbo! impressive for someone who doesnt speak too often...

Anonymous said...

love it!!!