Word for the Travel Wise (04/23/06)

Nigeria<br />
FlagMost of my close Nigerian friends are from
Yoruba states in Nigeria so when I gather vocabulary words from the African country it’s normally the Yoruba language
that I’m soaking up. Then it suddenly occurred to me that I should probably do a better job of asking the few from Imo
and Nigeria’s other states about their mother tongue. Nothing is more important than being well-rounded in the various
dialects/lingos of one African country.

Today’s word is a href="http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/languages.html#Ibo">Igbo word used in href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/africa/nigeria/">Nigeria:

– hello, how are you

English is the official language of href="http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ni.html">Nigeria, which means any traveler should be able
to converse and navigate their way from Lagos to Jigawa with ease. (Unless you don’t speak English.) The country’s
three main languages include: Yoruba, Ibo (Igbo), and Hausa. Each of the three main languages are named after the
people they belong to and carry several dialects within themselves. href="http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/languages.html#Yoruba"> Motherland Nigeria has an incredible intro to the
three languages, Nigerian slang and even a few examples of common Pidgin English spoken. Some audio samples are
available as well.

Past Nigerian/Yoruba words: href="http://www.gadling.com/2006/01/03/word-for-the-travel-wise-01-03-06/">ikun, href="http://www.gadling.com/2006/02/20/word-for-the-travel-wise-02-20-06/">feran