Version 1 – with a few errors for correction please – February 2003


(Repeat EACH Yorùbá word shown in red many times slowly … and then at VERY high speed)

English Yorùbá translation Pronunciation

Good Morning E KAAA-RO “AYKK0 ARR-ROW”






Please E JO “AY JAW”

Do you have? SE E NI? ”SAY AY NEE”

Thank you E SE “AY SHHHAY”




What? KI-NI? “KEA-NEE”

I want MO FE “MO FAY”

Where? NIBO? “NEE-BOW”


Note: For simplicity … the program is typed without accents!

English Yorùbá translation

Thank you. E se

Good Morning E karo

Yes/no Bee-ni/Rara

Please E jo/e joo/jowo

Everything is OK! Gbo-gbo e wa daa-daa (OK)!

Good morning E-karo.

My name is … Oruko-o (name) mi ni …

What is your name? Ki ni oruko ee?

How are you? Se dandaa ni o?

Fine (thanks) Daadaa ni.

Where do you come from? Nibo (where) lo ti wa (come)?

I am from … Mo wa lati (from) …

Good-bye. O dabo.

so start chatting now …to everyone …





KEY CONCEPT: “WHEN you create new POSITIVE wave patterns in YOUR mind,

they give you the CONFIDENCE to RELAX and LEARN naturally

without EFFORT … E Se”



This program gives you practice in understanding the structure of the language almost instinctively, as for each difficult phrase, English words are inserted. There is a also a Mini Phrase-book, a Brief Note on Grammar and a list of the 100 “most used” words in conversation.


A simple technique for the memory of difficult sounds is to make up a ridiculous English phrase as a memory “trigger”, for example:

Yes … bee-ni … say …

… yes … be nice say yes … bee ni

Goodbye … o dabo … say …

… goodbye … o dear Bob …bye bye … o dabo

I want … mo fe … say …

… I want … moaning for it again … mo fe

or email robertboland@wanadoo.fr for our CRE 33 MemoryAlert.


Learn very rapidly the list of “most used 100 words” and each day, take one

page of the mini-phrase-book, to make 10 minutes of Yorùbá conversation with a

natural speaker or aloud with yourself. Then make a friend of the main Yorùbá



1. This is a simple IRT exercise, to give you confidence to learn naturally. When you don’t believe you can learn … you won’t learn! … When you are tense, anxious and stressed … you won’t learn! When you have no confidence … you won’t learn. But with relaxation, your mind and body become clear, confident and ready to learn. So do the IRT exercise now … and again before every CRE session. It takes only three minutes, and with practice, it becomes a powerful tool for you. The only “equipment” you need is an “open mind” and a marble (or similar small object) in your “right” (major) hand.

2. So, get into that comfortable position, in which you know … you really can relax. Be aware that marble gets warm as it absorbs heat from contact with your right hand. Open you hand and allow the warmth to evaporate. Close the hand again, and recognize the marble … as a physical external symbol … of the internal function of your mind and body. Allow it to receive and evaporate not just heat … but emotion, anxiety and stress … leaving you free, relaxed, confident and ready to learn to speak and understand the natural language without effort ….

3. Now, relax with the hands on the lap, and fix your eyes on the marble as you repeat aloud … the following sentence … four times, feeling free to change the wording a little … to fit your style … four times … aloud … in all:

“I AM, I CAN, I WILL, I BELIEVE … I will learn … AND HELP OTHERS TO LEARN … to speak and enjoy … the NEW NATURAL language … with a beautiful accent … naturally … rapidly … easily … without effort”

4. With the eyes fixed on the marble … or closed if you wish … start to take three slow and very deep breaths … and be sure to pause … on each inhalation … and imagine … each exhalation … as transferring all the anxiety and stress … from your mind and body … through to the marble in your hand.

5. After the third breath, let your whole mind and body relax completely for two minutes … thinking ONLY of your breathing … nothing else … no self talk at all … just concentrate on the BREATHING … very important, counting down from 20 to 1

6. Then bring yourself back, by simply counting up from 1 to 5, feeling well, relaxed, confident and ready to learn. The marble is now your very personal symbol … of your confidence to learn and speak the natural language with a beautiful accent.

Note: This simple CRE “Instant Relaxation Technique” can be used anywhere (eyes open or closed) to achieve a calm mind … without anger, anxiety or stress … ready and confident to learn .. or deal with any new problem … that you have to face. Keep the marble always to hand, as a symbol … of your confidence … to feel comfortable … in the new natural language … and to speak almost instinctively … without stress or effort …


Plan to do the whole CRE in one 6 hour CRE day, with a partner or a small group. A natural speaker (if available) would be most welcome as a partner or group member. On the day before, as pre-learning (alone), play the 30 minute tape, just before sleeping, speaking all the time, completely relaxed making no conscious effort to learn anything.

After the one full day of CRE, plan revision during your NORMAL ROUTINE in the following week, for just an hour a day. Feel free to do it in any way … that YOU know … will suit YOU best … and will allow you … both to speak AND to understand … what is spoken to you … so relax completely … and ABSORB … both consciously and sub-consciously … the very carefully selected … 30 minute audio tape … of new natural language … which becomes part of you … intuitively … instinctively … without effort … as you relax with IRT and establish a very POSITIVE attitude … and a confident EXPECTATION of SUCCESS … just from PLAYING … with the natural language … Our suggested schedule for the 6 hour CRE day (with breaks as needed) is:

1 – Do IRT. Do the Throat exercise – 16 key words

Play the tape (30 minutes) with the text (hear, see, speak, MOVE, and feel)
… make it fun! Review the Natueal Vocabulary (2 pages).

2 – Repeat the text (Sections 2-4) to understand every word!

Play the tape with the text SPEAKING VERY LOUDLY – STOP THE TAPE


Do SPEED READING (2-16) in 14 minutes (recorded if possible- for fun!).

Review the Grammar (1 page) and the Glossary.

3 – Repeat the text (Sections 5-10) to understand every word!

Play the tape WITHOUT the text, SPEAKING IN VERY DRAMATIC style.

Repeat the Throat exercise.

Begin to create simple conversation with the Mini-phrase book (Hello etc.).

4 – Repeat the text (Sections 11-16) to understand every word!

Play the tape with the text, SPEAKING SOFTLY with a good accent.

Do SPEED READING (Sections 2-16) and Mini-phrase Book.

5 – Play the tape WITHOUT the text, speaking with three different

voices – just for fun!. Create conversation with the Mini-phrase book.


. 6 – Play the tape SPEAKING with a beautiful CONFIDENT accent.

Do the quiz (1 page). Create converation with mini phrase book.

Do SPEED READING (2-16) and Mini-phrase book 14 minutes.

Do APS and plan for individual review next week, helping partners as




1. REINFORCE the learning in the CAR/TRUCK at any time … make it an

amusing THEATRE of one … YOU!!! … by playing and acting out … ONLY

Sections 2 – 16. DO NOT play the relaxation sections in the car … skip

them please! Play the Learning Reinforcement side of the tape as needed

for encouragement, be sure to blame your strategy, and not yourself!!

2. RECOGNIZE that a TERRIBLE accent is PAINFUL … for the hearer …

and so strive always for a beautiful accent in EVERY WORD.

3. Be POSITIVE and NEVER apologise for your language … you are making

the effort to learn the LANGUAGE … and the HUMAN VALUES … an thus

the CULTURE … of the people you speak with … and THEY will appreciate

MORE than you can EVEN imagine!! If they reply to you in ENGLISH …

then YOU just CONTINUE to speak in the NATURAL new language … and

they will too …

4. LISTEN very carefully to what PEOPLE say to YOU … and BEFORE

replying … REPEAT in YOUR MIND … EXACTLY what they said … … this

gives you excellent PRACTICE in recognising good STRUCTURE.

5. HESITATE before you SPEAK … and then speak FREELY and

CONFIDENTLY … without long pauses and … WITHOUT … “Urrs and

Umms” which are so ANNOYING and BORING … for the listener …

6. When you do not know a necessary word … do NOT hesitate … simply

USE the ENGLISH word … in the sentence … the hearer will almost

certainly give you the translation … and you can repeat it … three times to

get it right … without embarrassment. Use the LEARNING

REINFORCMENT as needed but not in the car!

7. Use SIMPLE SHORT sentences and be CONFIDENT as you begin to

talk to people … expect SUCCESS … and you will NOT be disappointed

… and try just one MORE new thing … just for fun in this one week …

drink one litre of WATER EVERY DAY … it rinses mind and body and has a

REMARKABLE preventive/curative therapeutic effect … to support new

learning … on we go together.


And now … I’d like you to arrange yourself … in a position that is so comfortable … and natural … for you … so that you can sit … or lie … for a while … easily and effortlessly … and where you can be comforable … and yet still remain alert enough … to focus on the meaningful … natural language learning … that we will do together … natural anguage … gentle … quiet … peaceful … and instinctive … without any effort … as you absorb its deepest meaning … interpretation … and value … in terms of very personal expectations.

And then when your are ready … to focus yourself … you can begin by taking a few deep relaxing breaths … breathing slowly … and feeling the rise of your chest … as you gradually inhale … feeling that each breath in … and out … relaxes you … calms you … and re-acqaints you … with deeper parts of yourself that you are sometimes too busy to notice.

You know … and I know … its very easy … to get caught up in day to day living … there is so much to do … and now is your time … and I would like you to allow your eyes to close … as you start to build … an internal focus … within yourself … on those parts of yourself… that will absorb the natural language … gently … peacefully … and instinctively … almost automatically … as you … let yourself go … relax … without conscious effort … because you have nothing … to do … now … except relax ..

And as we go on together … repeating the phrases … in the natural language … with your whole body involved … moving hands and face … feelings and body … to express … and absorb the words and phrases … as they will come … instinctively … to your mind … as you speak softly … with a beautiful accent … yes … with a beautiful accent … which will please and surprise you… as its fits the music … of the natural language

So on we go together … speaking all the time … and moving hands, face feelings and body … to express ourselves … in the new natural language … as you create new wave patterns … in that special… “Yorùbá Place” … in your mind …



Mo (I) wa (at present) nibi yi (am). I am here.

E (you) wa nibe (there). You (are) there.

Se (question) o (you) wa nibe? (Are) you there?

Bee ni. o wa nibe. Yes, you (are) there.

Se o -wa nibi? (Are) you here?

Rara, o si (not) nibi. No, you (are) not here.

O (it) wa nibi yi. It is here.

Nibo lo (it) wa (at present)? Where is it?

O wa nibi yi. It is here.

So (question) wa nibe? Is it there?

Mo (I) ko (not) mo (know). I do not know.

Nibo ni Miguel wa (at present)? Where is Miguel?

Ko (he) si (not) nibi yi. He is not here.

Nibo lo (he) wa? Where is he?

Mo (I) mo (know) rara (not). I do not know.

Huh! O wan (there) na (he) re (is). Darn-it! There he is!

Eniyam (he) todar (wonderful) ni (is). He is wonderful!


Mo ni fe (like) e (you). I like you.

Se (question) o (you) fe-ron (like) mi (me)? Do you like me?

Bee ni, mo ran (like) e (you). Yes, I like you.

Se feran owo (money)? Do you like money?

Bee ni, mo fe-ran owo. Yes, I like the money.

Mo fe-ran omi (water).. I like water.

O (you) feran omi. You like water.

Mo fe-ran awon (some) iwe (books). I like some books.

O fe-ran moto (car) naa.. He likes the car.

Ko (she not) fe-ran moto naa. She does not like the car.

Se fe-ran onje (dinner) naa? Do you like the dinner?

Rara, mo ko fe onje naa. No, I do not like the dinner.

Oh. Huh! Huh! Oh. Darn-it! Mate!

Jowo, mase (do not) soro Huh. Please do not say Mate!


Mo se I do.

Mo se seji (this). I do this.

Ko (you) se e You do.

Ko se iye (that) You do that

Ao se iye. We do that

Pelu (and) inu (we) wa (at present) n-du (happy) And we are happy.

Se (question) ko soro (easy)? Is it easy?

Bee ni, kole (diificult) rara (not). Yes, it is not difficult.

Se (question) wa e se (do) iye (that)? Do (you) do that?

Jowo (please) se (do) iye (that) Do that please!!!

Huh!! Darn-it!!!

O-ya (it) ni (is) lenu-papo (wondefrful). It is wonderful!


Mo le (can). I can

SE )question) mo le? Can I?

Bee ni, mo le. Yes, I can.

Se (question) o le (can) se (do) seyi (this? Can you do this?

Bee ni, mo le se yi (that). Yes, I can do that.

Mo le je (eat) die (little) I can eat a little.

Mo le mu (drink) die. I can drink a little.

Mo le malo (go). I can go.

Mo l wa (come) I can come.

Mo le sun (sleep). I can sleep.

O (you) le soro (speak). You can speak.

Se (question) le soro? Can (you) speak?

Bee ni, mo le. Yes, I can.

Se (question) le se seyi (this)? Can you do this?

Rara, mo ko (not) le se iye (that). No, I can not do that.

Se (question) o (you) le ye (understand)? You can understand?

Se le se ye? Can you understand?

So le ye? Can you understand?

Bee nidie (litt;e). Yes, a little.

Se le soro (speak) huh? Can you say Mate?

Bee ni, mo le soro Yoruba die. Yes, I can speak a little Yoruba!

Huh! Enyam tadani mi! Darn-it! I am wonderful!


O ye mi. I understand.

Ko ye na. I do not understand.

So ye e. You understand.

Ko le ye rara. You do not understand.

Se (question) obirin (women) ye (understand)i? (Do you) understand women?

Rara. Rara, ko ye mi rara? No. No. I do not understand them!!!

Oh. Huh! Huh! Oh. Darn-it! Mate!

Jowo, mase (do not) soro Huh. Please do not say Mate!

O dara pupo. You are wonderful!


Mo fe I want.

Mo fe je (eat) die I want to eat a little.

Mo fe mimu omi I want to drink the water.

Mo fe lo (go) s-ile-gbonse (toilet) I want to go to the toilet!!!

Se(question) wa (at prsent) je (eat) die? Do you want to eat a little?

Rara, mi o fe je. No, I do not want to eat.

Huh! Mo fr funi (give) ni (you) die. Darn! I want to give you a bit.

Rara. e se. No thank you.

Mo fe wa (come). I want to come.

Se o fe sun (sleep) pelu-mi (with me)? Do you want to sleep with me?

Rara, mo ko fe sun. No, I do not want to sleep.

Miguel, se fe je opolo (frogs)? Miguel do you want to eat the frogs?

Zut! Rara, ko (not) se ni-si-yi (now). e se. Darn-it! Not just now, thank you!

Enjan hda ni wa. We are wonderful!


E jowo, fun (give) mi owo (money) na. Please give me the money.

E jowo, gba (take) owo na. Please take the money.

Mo le gba owo na. I can take the money.

E jowo, fun mi tiket. Please give me the ticket.

E jowo, gba tiket-i. Please take the ticket.

Mo le gba tiket. I can take the ticket.

E jowo, fun mi kini (that) Please give me that.

Nibo ni kini ye na? Where is the thing?

Mo mo?????. I do not know.

E jowo, fun mi okurin(man). Please give me a man!

Huh!!! Oberin re e! Darn-t!!! What a woman!!

Oburin to da ni. She is wonderful!


E mi ohun kan. I have one thing.

E mi ma ohun kan I do not have one thing.

E se, ohun kan You have one thing.

E-ao ohun kan We have one thing.

E un ohun kan She has one thing.

E mi aago ki, Iya-woo! I have the time, Miss!

E se pamosi ki, O-koo Do you have some money, Sir?

Rara. No.

Oh. Merde! Oh. Mate!

Ko gbo Mate, e jo. Please do not say Mate!


E jo e de mi ohun kan, Please give me the thing.

E jo, e de mi pamosi Please give me the money.

E jo, e de mi omi. Please give me the water.

E see e Thank you.

Ma mimu ami e France na. Please don’t drink the water in France!!

Mimu ,wain-i Drink the wine.

E jo ma nibi. Please come here.

e jo, jade nijen. Please go there.

Mimu leyi. Please drink this.

Ma nma niyi na. Do not eat that!

E jo, e de mi leyi. Please give me this.

E jo, ma gbe niyi na, Please do not take that.

e jo gbo leyi. Please say this.

Jowo, mase (do not) soro Huh. Please do not say Mate!

Zut! E se e. Se gbadun ni. Darn-it! Thank you. You are wonderful!


Ba wo ni, Michelle. Hello Michelle.

Ba wo ni, Paula. Hello Paula.

E karo, Miche. Good morning Miche.

Mingala ba, Sancos. Good morning Sancos.

Se daadaa ni, Eliza? How are you, Eliza?

Dadaa ni o, Khulu. I am well, Khulu.

Ba-wan, Xavier? How goes it, Xavier?

O-daa, e se, Miguel. OK , thank you Miguel.

A digba, Giles. Goodbye Giles.

A dabo Judith. Bye bye Judith.

Bee ni. O-daa, Hollie Yes OK, Hollie.

Gbadun yi, Heidi! It is wonderful, Heidi!

O daa, Sam.? OK Sam?

Bee ni a-daa, Lucie. Yes OK, Lucie.

Ko wa buru na, Henri. Not too bad, Henri.

Se ara re da, Alblufin? Are you well, my darling?

Rara.! No!!!

Huh! Obimin to-da-ni! She is wonderful!


Lo daa (good) ra It is good.

Ko daa ra. It is not good.

Ko daa ra. It is bad (not good).

Iwe (book) na ko da. It is a book.

O tobi? Is it big?

Rara, o ti -kere (small). No, it is small.

Kole rara? Is it easy? (not difficult)

Rara, ole gan???? No, it is hard.

Se (question) omi (water) na daa (good)? Is the water good?

Rara, omi Faransi ko ta rara. No, the water is not good in France!!

Oh Huh!! Oh Mate!!!

Jowo, mase (do not) soro Huh. Please do not say Mate!

Se, enyan to-ga-ni wa? Are we wonderful?!!!

Huh! Bee ni!! Darn-it! Yes!!


Mo mo (know) yi (this). I know this.

Se, o mo yi (that)? Do you know this?

Bee ni, mo mo yi. Yes, I know this.

O (you) mo iye (that). You know that.

Se, o mo iye? Do you know that?

E mi ko (not) mo iye. I do not know that.

Mo mo obirin (woman) na (that). I know that woman.

Mo mo okurin (man) na. I know the man.

O mo mi (me). He knows me.

So (question/you) mo obirin na? Do you know that woman?

Rara. E kara Ma (madame). No. Good morning Madame?

Se ara ji ya, Ma? Are you well, Madame?

Rara. Ofi ara mi ko ya. O dabo!! No, I am not well!! Goodbye!!!

O mo ra ra, You do not know her!

Huh! Obirin to-da-ni! Darn-it! She is wonderful!


Mo ni isoro (problem) kan (one). I have one problem.

Bee ni, so ni isoro kan. Yes, you have a problem.

Rara, so ni isoro meji (2). No, you have two (of them).

O ni meta. He has three.

Obirin na ni merin (4). She has four.

An marun (5). We have five.

So ni marun? Do you have five?

Bee ni, ni-si-yi (now)mo ni isoro marun. Yes now, I have five problems!!!

Gbogbo (all) awon-omo! All the children!

Awon o mo-dara! Children are wondeful!


Elo ni (how much) iwe (book) na How much is the book?

Dolar marun-un. Five dollars.

Elo ni ni kini (this) yi? How much is this (thing)

Elo ni? How much?

Dolar merin (4). Four dollars.

Lo nibo ni (where) o wa? Where is it?

O wa (at present) nibe (there). It is there.

Rara, ko (not) si nibe. No, it is not there.

E jowo, nibo ni ile-ignonse (toilet)? Where is the toilet, please?

Ile-ignonse wa nibe (there) yi. The toilet is ove there.

Ki-ni (what) ye? What (is) that?

Ki-le-wi (pardon). Ki ni ye? Pardon. What?

I-ye e. That.

Oh, o dara (good) bi iwe (book) lo iwe daa. Oh, it is aa good book.

Ki (what) lo fe (want)? What do you want?

Mo fe waini (wine0 na , e jo (please). I want the wine, please.

Ta lo wa (at present) nibe (there)? Who is there?

A-o (we) wa nibi. We are here.

Ta ni (who) obirin (woman) yi? Who is that woman?

Mi o mo (know) rara (not). I do not know.

Huh! Madonna ni Darn. It is Mdonna!

Obirin (woman) to-da ni! Gbudan ni! Wha a woman! (She is) wonderful!


Mo wa nibe yi. I am here.

Se wa nijen yi You are there.

Mo feran e (you). I like you.

So feran owu (money) na. You like the money.

O (he) se (does) yi (this). He does this.

O (she) se ye. She does that.

Mo le so (speak) Yoruba die (little). I can speak a little Yoruba!

E jo, ole so (do not say) Huh. Please do not say Mate!

Oro e (you) ye (know) mi I understand you.

Oro mi (me) ko-ye rara (not). You do not understand me.

Mo fe (want) lo (go) si bar ile (to) emu, I want to go to the bar.

So fe lo si ile-ignonse (toilet). You want to go to the toilet.

Mo ni (to me) asiko (time) na, Obirin. I have the time, Miss!

SEo ni omi (money) na, Okurin? Do you have some money, Sir?

E jo, ma se mu (drink) France lati (in). Please don’t drink the water in France!!

Mu o waini! na Drink the wine.

Da wo ni, Eliza? O-daa? How are you, Eliza? OK?

O se (thank you), daadaa ni, Khulu. Thank you, I am well, Khulu.

O tobi, Okurin? Is it big, Sir?

Rara, o kere, Obirin.. No, it is small, Miss.

O ko (not) mo (know) obirin ye. You do not know that woman.

Huh! Obirin to-da-ni!!. Darn-it! She is wonderful!

Bee ni. ni-si-yi (now), e mi (to me) ni isoro (problem) maru-un.

. Yes now, I have five problems!!!

Awon-omo de. All the children!

Ki ni ye (that)? What is that?

Jowo ki-le-wi. Ki ni? Pardon. What?

Owun na re e. There it is.

Oda be. Not bad.

Huh!! Darn it!

O-daa? OK?

Bee ni, o rarun!! Yes, it’s cool!

Bee ni, rorun! Yes, it’s cool! (classy)

Bee ni, o tutt Yes, it’s cool! (upper class)

Jowo, ma se so (say) Huh. Do not say Mate!!!

Rara rorun!!! It is not cool (upper class)!!!

Mo lati se (do) eyi (this). I must do this.

O lati se ye (that). You must do that.

Gbadun? Wonderful?

Bee ni, enyan to-da nie!!! Yes you are wonderful!

Marin e to-ba-ya! Bye bye, for now!

Speed reading: 14 minutes


Now of all the things … your mind … has been playing with … to create new … wave patterns … in the natural language … from … here and there … liking … doing … can … understanding … wanting … getting … having … ordering… greeting … describing … knowing … numbering … asking … and … everything … I wonder which things … you will bring back … to stay deep within you … so easily available … to you … as needs arise … without conscious effort … because … you will believe … you can do it …

Just naturally … in your own way … as part of you … instinctively … as that new part of you … grows … stronger and stronger … you will begin to speak with a beautiful accent … so easily … reinforcing your learnimg … with a gentle quiet confidence … which will surprise you … and such a beautiful accent … of which you will be proud … to fit the music of the natural language … will surpise you even more … and more … as you repeat the CRE … so that … in every day … in every way … you believe … you will … get … better and better …

And now as you choose … to believe you can do something … that makes you feel so comfortable with yourself … something you will feel more and more … able to do … so that you feel … even more comfortable … and confident … naturally … in your own way … you can take whatever time you need … just to process your thoughts … in your own special way … and to bring this experience to a comfortable close …

You will feel well … and you will begin … to feel confidenct … about the future … and about making progress … in the natural language … in your own natural way … and you will find such joy … in speaking so gently … with growing confidence … and experience … which will add … a new exciting quality to your life … because … with every new language you learn … you do add a new quality to your life … in that special “English Place” … in your mind …

And when you feel … you are ready … and you want to … you can start the process of reorienting yourself … bringing yourself back … taking your time … and when you are ready … you can fully orient yourself … and allow your eyes to open … feeling well …and happy … because … and you will begin to experience confidence … more and more … because … from now … in every day … in every way … you will … be getting … better and better …

And as we end of each CRE session … 30 minutes has just flashed by … to be repeated … and enjoyed … many times … relaxed … calm and confident … of achieving a beautiful accent … that becomes natural for you … with learning that is efficient and effective … so from now on … be positive … and with a positive expectation of success … surprise yourself … as you feel the contining support … of our Team … which all began in Bayonne, France on August 15, 2001 … and of course … as with all things … we believe can do … together … God Bless …


(without accents)

a. Greetings/Exclamations:

hello good morning, how are you?` I am fine thank you

ba wo ni mingala ba se daadaa ni? daadaa ni o e se/o se

goodbye yes no/not OK please

o dabo bee ni rara, o/ko o-daa e jo/e joo/jowo

Darn-it! Merde! there it is! “cool”!! pardon!

huh! huh! owun re! o-tutu/o-rarun ejo

b. Verbs:

to be have like want can

wa/ni/yi e fe/feran fe le

do say/speak go come give

se gbo/soro,so lo/malo wa funi

take eat drink sleep know

gbe je mu sun mo

understand must see at the present time

ye lati se rin wa

c. Prepositions:

some a the to from

awon/ojo kan ye de lati

d. Pronouns:

I you he she wa

mo/mi se/le/so o/ku o/ku a-o/awa

it this that Mr Mrs.

lo/owu/un/o yi/leyi/seyi ye/leye/seye Ogbeni/Okurin Obirin

e. Nouns:

money thing man woman water

owo ohun/yi okirin obirin omi

car ticket book friend time

moto tiket iwe oree akoko

f. Adjectives/adverbs.other:

good bad big small now

to-daa/da buru/ko dara tobi okere ni-si-yi

later a little wonderful! happy easy/dofficult

laipe die/ojo to-da-ro/gbadun n-du ro/bole

here/there and

nibi/nibe pelu

g. Interogatives:

how much? where? what? who? when?

elo ni? nibo? ki ni? ta ni? nigba wo?

Note: What is this? Ki ni e leyi (this)?

The child is here Omo (child) wa (at prsent) nibi (here) yi (is).

Question: is the child here? Se (question) omo yi wa nibi yi?

Question: do you have? Se (question) e ni (you to)?

h. Numbers:

one two three four five

kan meji meta merin marun-un

i. And some survival words:

WC (ile ignonse), always (nigra-gbogbo), fast/slow (yara/diedie), but (sugbon), never (la-lai), food (ounje), train (oko), bus (boosi), home (ile), work (ise), today (oni), tomorrow (ola), paper (iwe), newspaper (iwe iriyin), day (ojo), week (osi), year (odun), hour (koja), minute (iseju), hamburger (hamburger), McDonalds (McDonalds), think (ronu), read (kaa), write (ko-o-sile), laugh (rerin), dance (jo), stop (duro), policeman (olopaa), six (mefa), seven (meje), eight (oiejo), nine (mesan-an), ten (mewaa), hundred (ogorun un), thousand (egberun), mate (egbe) … bye bye for now (o-dabo)!!


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2. What was good about it?

3. What was bad about it?

4. What new ideas?

5. How can we help you in the future?


(Challenge: Check with a natural speaker to check and understand the meaning of EVERY word … insert English for each difficullt word – speed reading 4 minutes)


Thank you. E se

Hello E karo

Yes/no Bee ni/rara, bee ko

Please E jo/e joo (respect for old people)

Pardon Ejo

Everything is OK! Gbo-gbo e wa (is) daa-daa (OK)?


Good morning E karo/mingala ba

Good-bye. O dabo

My name is … Oruko-o (name) mi ni (of me) …

What is your name? Ki ni oruko ee (your)?

How are you? Se (question- you) daa-daa ni?

Fine (thanks), Daa-daa ni

And you? Iwo naa nko? ???

Where do you come from? Nibo (where) le ti (come) wa?

I’m from: … mo (I) wa la-ti.

France France

England Geesii

America Amerika

I work with: Mo si-e (work) pelu ,,,:


Red Cross Red Cross

Nokia Nokia


When/how? Nigha wo/Ba wo ni?

What/why? Ki, ki ni ye/Ki lo de?

Who/which? Ta/wo ni?

Where is/are …? Nibo mi/lo wa?

Where can I find …? Nibo ni (where) mo tileri …?

How much is this? Elo ni (how much) leyi?

Can you help me? (m) E jowo ran mi lowo?

Can you translate this, for me?

Nje e le timo eyi (this) fun mi (for me)?


I understand O ye mi.

I don’t understand. Ko ye mi.

Please say that again.. E jo, soro ye soo.

Can I have (for me)…? Se e le (fun mi ni)…?

Do you speak: Se egbo:

english/spanish? Geesi/Yoruba?

I don’t speak …. Mi o gbo …

I speak a little. Mi gbo die e.


I must do this. Mo lati se eyi.

You must do that. O lati se yi.

It’s: O:

big/small tobu/kere

cheap/expensive ko wan/oti wan ju

good/bad daa/buru

hot/cold gbona/tutu

near/far wa nitosi/jinna

vacant/occupied sofo/ko sofo

OK! o-daa!


I like some: Mo fe ounjie (meal):

breakfast (morning) aroo

lunch osan

dinner. ale

May I have some: Se ole fun mi:

bread/butter buredi/bota

cheese ?

eggs eyin

meat/potatoes eran/anamo

apples/oranges apu/osan

coffee/tea kofi/tii

milk miliki

fruit juice omi eso mimu

water omi

I want to pay now. Mo fe-e sanwo.

I think there is a mistake. Mo ro wipe asise wa.

We enjoyed it, thank you. A gbadun-un re, e se e.


Where is the nearest shop? Nibo ni shobu to sumo wa?

Where is a taxi? Nibo ni taxi?

How miuch to …? Elo ni de …?

Take me to this address. E joo, e gbe mi lo si adress yii.

Please stop here. E joo, e duro nibi.

This is not the right road. Eleyi ko se ona na?

Go straight ahead. E maa lo taarata.

It’s there, on the: Oun niyen nisale yen lapa:

left/right osi/oe

next to/after legbee/nikojaa

north/south lariiwa/ni guisu

east/west ni ila-oorun/ni iwo-oorun

Where is the: Nibo ni:

town centre arin ili?

pharmacy uwo san?


Do you have …? Se e ni …?

How much is this/that? Elo ni eyi/niyi?

I will take it. Ma a mu yi.

What colours have you? Color wo ni?

Black dudo

Blue buluu

Red pupa

White funfun

Yellow yelo

Green alawoo ewe

I want to buy: Mo fe-e ra …:

aspirin aspirin-in

soap ose

half kilo apples idafi iwon-on kilo apu kan

litre of milk litar wara kan

film/newspaper filmu/iwe iroyin


Hello, this is … Heloo … lo un soro.

Who is speaking? Ta lo soro?

Please speak: Jo soro:

louder soke

slowly die-die

I want to speak to: Mo fe-e ba … soro:

Mr. ??

Mrs. ??

Miss ??e

When will he be back? Nigha wo ni yoo de?

Tell him I called. Eso fun wipe mope.


Do you have enough time? AE oni asiko pupo?

What time is it? Aago meloo lo lu?

The time now is: Aago:

five past one kan-an (1) koja iseju marun-un (5)

quarter to three metaa (3) koja oseju meeedogun (15)

twenty past five marun-un (5) koja ogun (20) iseju

half past seven meje (7) abo (30)


We will see you: A-o ri-oor …

today oni

tomorrow ola

next week ni ose ti ounbo

in the morning ni aaro

in the afternoon ni osan

in the evening ni irole

tonight ni ale

soon lai pe

You are right. You are wrong. O ribe. Ko ribe.

That is right O jebe.


Here/there Nibi/nijen

At the UN office ni UN officci

Is it near/far? O sun mo/ji-nan?

How many hours? Aago me lo ni?


(Challenge – Test your instinctive Yoruba … by associating the phrases …

and then discuss with a natural speaker)

a. I am well, thank you E se

b. Pardon? O-daa.

c. Thank you. Daadaa ni

d. OK Ki-le-?

e. Wonderful! Se daadaa ni?

f. You must do that. Gbadun!

g. Hello O lati se yi.

h. How are you? E kare.

i. I want to buy. Se e le fun mi ni?

j I take it. Mo soro die.

k. Can I have? Mo fe-e ra.

l. I speak a little Ma a mu un

m. Yes/No Se e ni… ?

n. Please Mo fe …

o. I would like… E jo

p. Do you have any … ? Bee ni/Rara

q. How much is that? Ile-agnonse nibo ni?

r. Where is the toilet? Elo ni niyi

s. Where/when/why? Aago meloo lo lu?

t. What time is it? Nibo/nigba wo/ki lo de?

u. Can you help me? Ki ni itumi eyi?

v. I do not understand E jowo ran mi lowo?

w. What does this mean? E joo, soro jeejee.

x. Please speak slowly Ko ye mi.

y. What is this? O daba

z. Goodbye Ni ni e leyi?

Answers: In the Berllitz phrase book … now a friend of yours…




RELAX with … a very POSITIVE attitude … and a very confident EXPECTATION of SUCCESS … in just one more day … of PLAYING with the natural language … instinctively … naturally … completely relaxed … with no stress or effort … jsut play!

Our natural suggestions are:

1 – Do again APS with your own tape. Then play our tape and the LEARNING REINFORCEMENT.. Do IRT and the Throat exercise. Study the Brief Grammar and Mini-Phrase Book to understand every word. Then SPEAK wth the tape and RECORD your efforts. LIST your five key problems!

2 – STUDY the text (Sections 2-16). Then SPEAK LOUDLY and then very SOFTLY with the tape. SPEED READING (2-16) in 14 minutes. USE the Mini-phrase Book for easy interactive conversation

3 – SPEAK in THEATRICAL style with the tape and text together. Do SPEED READING (2-16) in reverse-mode in 12 minutes. USE the Mini-phrase Book for easy interactive conversation

4 – SPEAK with tape and text. For difficult words/phrases … stop the tape … and repeat the word/phrase many times … singing and shouting! Review your five problems.

5 – USE the Mini-phrase Book for easy interactvie conversation. Then do it as SPEED READING (reverse-mode) in 4 minutes. SPEAK with tape and text using three different voices … just for fun!.

6 – SPEED READING (2-16) in 8 minutes. Review your five problems. LiSTEN to your recording. Then SPEAK with the tape … with a beautiful CONFIDENT accent. Email your feedback to robertboland@wanadoo.fr.


Special Vocabulary for UNHCR
(Challenge – insert Yorùbá in CAPITAL LETTERS and discuss with a natural speaker)

English Pashto Dari YORUBA

Airport hawaa dagar maydaan-e hawaa-i

Army pauz fauj/ordu

Asylum panaah pamaah

Border pdlay sarhadd

Camp dd kaamp kaamp-d

Children muchouman awladah AWON-OMO

Clothing jama poxaak

Cooking pot chainaq dd paxldy loxay/deg

Cooperation hamkari pd gdda kaar kawdl

Customs gumruk gumruj

Delay nawakta dzandy

Detention ndzar-band tawkif

Development program dd wadi prograam prograam-d ynkyshaafi

Displaced persons be-zaya shdwi xaldk

be-jaa shodygaan

Electricity breshna brexnaa

Emergency hajol ber-dndy pexa

Expulsion shar-dl kharej/zxraaj

Family koranay hekraaj

Government hokumat hokumat

Grandparents padar kalan padar wa maser kalan

Handicapped saya ma-yub

Health roghtyaa seat/syhhat

Hospital roghe shafakhana

House kor khana/kor

HQ mankaz mankae

Human rights dd bashar hakkuna hokuk e bashar

Husband mehra shwahan

Lamp dewan tsheragh

Legal protection kaanuni saatdna hymayat e kanoun

Malnutrition bada ghdzaa sou-e taghziya

Material assistance maadi komak komak-e mawadi

Ministry wdzaarat wezarat

Nutrition ghdzaa taghziya

Pain – days/weeks dard worat dard e ruz/hafta

Pain – months/years dard hafta dard e mo/sol

Pain – treatment dard mehda dard e ta-dow-wi

Pain – arms/legs dard bazou/paie dard e dest/pal

Pain – chest dard sina dard e sina

Pain – ears/eyes dard gauche/sterguee

dard e goch/cheshom

Pain – hands/feet dard daste/paie dard e dest/pai

Pain – head/neck dard sav/gardan dard e sar/ghardin

Pain – stomach dard mehda dard e meda

Persecution zawrawdi aziyat

Petrol tel petrol/tel

Police-station dd polis st-eshan sar-mammuriyat-e-police

President mdshir ra-is

Prison bandy-khana zyndan

Province ayaalat wela-yate

Reception centre dd melma paaldne mahal e pazirahi/

markaz-d paziraa-i

Refugee mohajer panahenda

Representative astaazy nema-yandghi

Rural da kdll

Sanitation hyfzu-syhna hyfzu syhha

Shelter rijdi panaga

Status haysiyat haysiyat

Tent rijdi gihejdi/khayma

Torture shekanja shykanja

Town khar shahr

Transportation transport transport

Travel Docs sdd safar sanaduna sdd safar sanaduna

Tribe t-dbdr kabila

Truck lan mot-dr/lari motar-d laar/lari

Urban dd khari dd khari

Village kday karya

Voluntrary repatriation pd rdzaa-sara berta legal

bar-gasht-d yraadi

War jagara jangue

Water aaba aab

Wife kaza zawja/khanom


(Challenge … study … and then discuss with a natural speaker)

1. Structure – subject, object and verb:

MO WA nibi YI (is). I AM here.

OMO wa nibi yi. The CHILD is here.

Question – SE omo YI wa nibi yi? Question – is the child here?

2. Articles:

Omo KAN wa (at present) nibi yi (is). A child here is.

3. Nouns:

AWON-omo wa nibi yi Child-REN are here.

Omo DAA wa nibi yi. The GOOD child is here.

Omo ni (is). (HE) is a child.

4. Possession:

Omo MI wa nibi yi. (He) is MY child.

5. Relative:

Omo TO wa nibi yi. The child WHO here is.

6. Demostrative:

Omo LEYI wa nibi yi. THIS child is here.

Omo NIYI wa NIBE yi. THAT child is THERE.

7. Interogatives:

KI leyi? WHAT (is) this?

TA ni ye? WHO (is) that?

Omo NOBI ni? WHERE is the child?

ELO mi iwe (book)? HOW-MUCH is the book?

8. Imperatives:

SE leyi. DO this!

WA nibi! COME here!

9. Negatives:

Bee ni, E MI NI iwe (book). Yes, I HAVE (TO ME IS) a book.

RARA, mo KO ni iwe MA. NO, I do NOT have the book.

MA wa SI nibi YI. Do NOT come here.

10. To be, have and want:

Mo/mo ni/mo fe I am/have/want

Se/se ni/se fe You are/have/want

O/o ni/o fe He is/has/wants




KEY CONCEPT: “WHEN you create new POSITIVE wave patterns in YOUR mind

they give you the CONFIDENCE to RELAX and LEARN naturally without EFFORT”

Opportuunity for AID WORKERS on short or long missions to other countries to feel more secure, comfortable and effective in achieving better working relationships in English, with local companies, governments, refugees, client and project staff, as they perceive the effort to speak the local language with a good accent, and thus to show clearly a deep respect for local values and culture.

Description: dynamic English-based brief language learning system developed initially with some UN staff, for aid workers in Afghanistan, and now available in: Dari, Pashto, Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Urdu, Finnish, Arabic, Indonesian, Malay, Shona, Russian, Mandarin, Xhosa and with other languages in process: Cantonese, Zulu, Tswana, Sutu, Swedish, Nepali, Italian, Swahili, Basque, Yoruba, Hausa, Mende, Burmese etc.

Designed for: mature motivated learners who need to achieve very rapidly, the personal confidence to speak and understand, basics of the local natural language. Designed also also for current speakers to who want to achieve significant accent improvement.

Course duration: one full six hour day with a partner or small group, followed by daily brief individual revision, in the following week and one day reinforcement a month later.

Application: individual training or as a small part of any mmangement training program to stimulate creativity, because: “Each language is an intellectual treasure-house of communication, culture and humanitarian values” – Professor Kenneth Hale – linguistics expert of MIT who spoke 50 languages fluently and died October 8th 2001.

Method: uses CRE techniques to achieve relaxation and intuitive absorption of the natural language with confidence and without stress or effort. Designed to handle varying individual value systems and needs. CRE techniques, once acquired, can be easily used for any other languages or dialects. Uses IRT – the Instant Relaxation Technique create the confidence to learn. Learnign reinforcement with APS.

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(Challenge – insert Yorùbá in CAPITAL LETTERS … and discuss with a natural speaker)

a un/une un/una KAN

about environ cerca de ??? overtype the German!

accident accident,l’ accidente Unfall

action action,la accion Handlung

actually en fait realmente eigentlich

after après depués nach

afternoon après‑midi,l’ tardes NI OSAN

airport aeroport,l’ aeropuerto Flughafen

alone seul solo/unico allein

also aussi también LALE

always toujours siempre nigra-gbogbo

am (I) suis (je) yo soy/estoy NI (MO)

and et y ERAN

anniversary anniversaire cumpleaños Jahrestag

anybody n`importe qui cualquiera irgendjemand

anything n`importe quoi cualquier cosa irgendetwas

April Avril abril April

are(you) êtes (vous) usted es/está sind

arrive arriver llegar ankommen

at à a/en an

August Aout agosto August

bad mauvais malo BURU

bank banque,la banco Bank

bar bar bar BAR

bath bain,le baño ILE IWE

beat battre batir schlagen

beautiful beau/belle hermoso schön

because parce que porque weil

bed lit,le cama Bett

begin commencer comenzar anfangen

behind derrière detrás/atrás hinter

beside à côté de al lado de nächst

better meilleur mejor besser

bill facture,la cuenta Rechnung, die

big grand grande gross

biscuit biscuit,le galleta Keks

black noir negro schwarz

book livre,le libro Buch

boy garcon,le niño/muchacho Junge

bread pain,le pan Brot

breakfast petit dej.le desayuno Frühstück

brother frère,le hermano Bruder, der

bus autobus,le autobús/camión Bus

business affaires,les negocio Geschäft

buy acheter comprar kaufen

can (able) pouvoir poder können

car auto,l’ carro/coche Auto

carefully prudent prudente vorsichtig

carry porter llevar tragen

cash argent,le dinero Bargeld

chair chaise,la silla Stuhl

cheap bon marché barato billig

children enfants niños Kinder

choose choisir seleccionar wählen

cigarette cigarette,la cigarillo Zigarette

clean propre limpio sauber

clever intelligent inteligente klug

clouds nuages,les nubes Wolken, die

coffee cafe,le café Kaffee

cold froid frio kalt

colour couleur,la color Farbe

come venir venir kommen

complain plaindre reclamar klagen

contract contrat,le contrato Vertrag

cook cuire cocinar kochen

cost coût,le costo Kosten

count conter contar zählen

creditors créditeurs,les acreedor Gläubiger

cup tasse,la taza Tasse

customer client,le cliente Kunde

customs douane,la aduana Zoll

daughter fille,la hija Tochter

day jour,le día Tag

dear cher caro teuer

debtors débiteurs,les deudores Schuldner

December Décembre diciembre Dezember

dinner dîner,le comida Abendessen

dirty sale sucio schmutzig

divided by divisé par dividir de dividiert durch

do faire hacer e

doctor médecin,le doctor/médico Arzt

doers actifs,les trabajadores Täter

drink boire beber/tomar trinken

drive conduire manejar/coduc. fahren

dry sec seco/árido trocken

early de bonne heure temprano früh

easy facile fácil leicht

eat manger comer essen

eight huit ocho acht

eighty quatre vingt ochenta achtzig

either ou o entweder

eleven onze once elf

English Anglais inglés Englisch

enjoy s`amuser gozar de sich freuen

enough assez(de) bastante/suf. genug

etc. et cetera etcétera usw

evening soir,le tarde Abend

every chaque cada jeder

fall off tomber caer fallen

family famille,la familia Familie

father père,le padre Vater

father/law beau‑père,le suegro Schwiegervater

fat gros gordo fett

Febuary Février febrero Februar

fifty cinquante cincuenta fünfzig

fight combattre luchar kämpfen

finance financer finanza finanzieren

find trouver encontrar finden

fine beau fino/perf/bel. schön (Wetter)

fingers doigts,les dedos Finger

finish finir terminar beenden

fish poisson,le pescado Fisch

five cinq cinco fünf

fog brouillard,le niebla Nebel

food nourriture,la comida/alim. Essen

fools fous,les tontos/locos Verrückten

for pour para/por für

fork fourchette,la tenedor Gabel

four quatre cuatro vier

forty quarante cuarenta vierzig

Friday Vendredi,le viernes Freitag

friendly sympathique amigable freundlich

friends amis,les amigos Freunde

future(adj) futur futuro zukünftig

game jeu,le juego Spiel

generally généralement generalmente allgemein

get obtenir obtener bekommen

girl jeune fille,la niña/muchacha Mädchen

give donner dar geben

glass verre,le vaso Glas

go aller ir/andar gehen

good bon bueno/buen gut

good‑bye au revoir adiós auf Wiedersehn

good even. bonsoir buenas tardes guten Abend

good morn. bonjour buenos días guten Morgen

good night bonne nuit buenas noches gute Nacht

greedy gourmand codicioso gierig

half moitié medio/mitad halb

happy heureux contento/feliz glücklich

hate dêtester odiar hassen

have avoir (j’ai) haber/tener haben

he il él er

hello salut hola hallo

help aider ayudar helfen

helpful utile util behilflich

her (acc.) la/lui la/le ihr

here ici aquí hier

herself elle‑même ella misma sie selbst

him le/lui le/lo ihn/ihm

himself lui‑même él mismo er selbst

his son suyo sein

honest honnêt honrado ehrlich

hope espèrer esperar hoffen

hospital hopital,le hospital Krankenhaus

hot chaud caliente heiss

hotel hotel,le hotel Hotel

how are y.? comment a.‑v.? cómo está Ud? wie geht e.I.?

how many? combien de? cuántos? wieviel?

however cependant sín embargo jedoch

hundred cent cien hundert

hungry avoir faim tener hambre hungrig

husband mari,le esposo/marido Ehemann

I je yo ich

I am well je vais bien muy bien mir geht es gut

ice‑cream glace,la helado Eis

if si si wenn

important important importante wichtig

impossible impossible imposible unmöglich

in front of devant enfrente de vor

intelligent intelligent inteligente klug

inventory inventaire, l’ inventario iventor

is (he) est (il) es ist (er)

it cela eso es (er)

itself cela‑même eso mismo es selbst

January Janvier enero Januar

journey voyage,le viaje Reise

July Juillet julio Juli

June Juin junio Juni

knife coûteau,le cuchillo Messer

know savoir/conn. saber/conocer wissen

labour main d`oeuvre trabajo Arbeit

language langue,la idioma Sprache

late tard tarde spät

later plus tard mas tarde/lu. später

learn apprendre aprender lernen

less moins de menos minus/weniger

letter lettre,la carta/letra Brief

life vie,la vida Leben

like (verb) aimer gustar gern haben

listen écoûter oir zuhören

little peu poco wenig

long long largo lang

long run finalement a lo largo auf die Dauer

look regarder mirar schauen

look for chercher buscar suchen

loss perte,la pérdida Verlust

lot,lots beaucoup de mucho viel

love aimer bien querer lieben

low bas bajo tief

lucky (be) avoir/chance tener suerte Glück (haben)

luggage bagages,les equipaje Gepäck

lunch déjeuner,le almuerzo Mittagessen

make/do faire hacer/realizar machen

man homme,l’ hombre Mann

manager directeur,le gerente/dir. Manager

many beaucoup (de) muchos viele

map plan,le mapa Landkarte

March Mars marzo März

marriage marriage,le matrimonio Heirat

marry se marier casar heiraten

materials materiaux,les materia prima Materialien

May Mai mayo Mai

me me mi mich

meal repas,le comida Essen

meat viande,la carne Fleisch

meet rencontrer encontrar kennen lernen

meeting réunion,la reunión Versammlung

mind (not) égal (etre) no importa egal (mir)

minute minute,la minuto Minute

Miss Mademoiselle Señorita Fräulein

mistake erreur,la error Fehler

Monday Lundi,le lunes Montag

money argent,la dinero Geld

month moins,le mes Monat

more plus más mehr

morning matin,le mañana Morgen

mother mère,la madre Mutter

mother‑i.l. belle‑mère suegra Schwiegermutter

Mr Monsieur Señor Herr

Mrs Madame Señora Frau

multipl.by multiplier par multiplic.por multipliz.mit

must devoir deber/tener de müssen

my mon mi/mis mein

myself moi‑même mi ich selbst

near près de cerca de nahe

never jamais nunca/jamás niemals

never mind n’importe no importa nichts (macht)

new neuf nuevo neu

nice agréable fino/bueno nett

nine neuf nueve neun

night nuit,la noche Nacht

ninety quatre‑v.‑dix noventa neunzig

no non no nein

nobody personne nadie niemand

noise bruit,le ruido Krach

not ne…pas no nicht

nothing rien nada nichts

November Novembre noviembre November

now maintenant ahora jetzt

o`clock heures (7.00) hora (7.00) Uhr (7.00)

October Octobre octubre Oktober

of course naturellement naturalmente natürlich

Oh! Oh! O! Ach!

old vieux viejo alt

on sur sobre auf

one un un/uno eins

or ou o oder

orders ordres,les órdenes Bestellung

our notre nuestro unser

ourselves nous‑même nosostros wir selbst

out dehors fuera aus

overheads frais gen.les gasto gener. Laufenden U.

owner`s eq. capital,le capital Anlagekapital

parents parents,les padres Eltern

passport passeport,le pasaporte Pass

people gens gente Menschen

place endroit,le sitio/lugar Platz

plane avion,le avión Flugzeug

plate assiette,la plato Teller

please s`il v. plaît por favor bitte

police police,la policía Polizei

polite poli cortés höflich

porter porteur,le portero Träger

possible possible posible möglich

present prèsent presente gegenwärtig

pretty joli bonito hübsch

products produits,les productos Produkte

profit profit,le ganancia Gewinn

put mettre poner legen

quarter quartier,le cuarto Viertel

quickly vite aprisa/de pri. schnell

rain pluie,la lluvia Regen

read lire leer lesen

really vraiment de veras wirklich

red rouge colorado/rojo rot

relax se relaxer relajarse entspannen

remember rappeller recordar erinnern

restaurant restaurant,le restaurante Restaurant

right raison (avoir) correcto/der. richtig

road rue,la calle Strasse

room chambre,la cuarto/habit. Zimmer

sales ventes, les venta/saldo Verkäufe

Saturday Samedi,le sábado Samstag

save sauver salvar sparen

say dire decir sagen

see voir ver sehen

sell vendre vender verkaufen

September Septembre septiembre September

serve servir servir bedienen

service service servicio Dienst

seven sept,le siete sieben

seventy soixante‑dix setenta siebzig

she elle ella sie

short court corto kurz

should devoir deber sollen

sick malade enfermo krank

Sir Monsieur Señor Mein Herr

sister soeur,la hermana Schwester

sit s’asseoir sentar sitzen

sit down être assis sentarse sich setzen

six six seis sechs

sixty soixante sesenta sechzig

sky ciel,le cielo Himmel

sleep dormir dormir schlafen

small petit pequeño/chiqu. kein

smoke fumer fumar rauchen

snack snack,le snack Imbiss

some quelques unos/poco de etwas

somebody quelqu’un alguno jemand

something quelque‑chose algo etwas

sometimes quelque‑fois algún tiempo manchmal

son fils,le hijo Sohn

sorry dommage lo siento Verzeihung

soup potage,le sopa Suppe

speak parler hablar sprechen

spend dépenser gastar ausgeben

spoon cuillère,la cuchara Löffel

stand up se lever pararse aufstehen

station gare,la estación Banhhof

stay rester quedarse bleiben

stool banc,le taburete Stuhl

sugar sucre,le azúcar Zucker

summer été,le verano Sommer

sun soleil,le sol Sonne

Sunday Dimanche,le domingo Sonntag

sweet(pud.) dessert,le dulce/postre Süsspeise

table table,la mesa Tisch

take prendre tomar/llevar nehmen

talk parler hablar sprechen

talkers bavards,les habladores Schwätzer

taxi taxi,le taxi Taxi

tea the,le té Tee

téléphone téléphone,le teléfono Telefon

tense temps,le tiempo Zeitform

ten dix diez zehn

terrible terrible terrible schrecklich

thank you merci gracias danke

that la/cela/que ese/aquel/cual jener/jene/jenes

the le/la el/la/los/las der/die/das

their leur su ihr

them eux ellos/ellas sie

themselves eux‑mêmes ellas/ellos sie selbst

there là allí dort/da

they ils ellos/ellas sie

this ce/cet este/esta dieser

thin mince delgado dünn

thing chose,la cosa Ding

thirsty avoir soif tener sed durstig

thirty trente treinta dreissig

thousand mille mil tausend

three trois tres drei

three‑qtr. trois‑quarts tres cuartros dreiviertel

Thursday Jeudi jueves Donnerstag

ticket billet,le boleto/billete Karte

time heure,la tiempo/vez Zeit,die

tip pourboire,le propina Trinkgeld

tired fatigué cansado müde

to à para/a nach

today aujourd’hui hoy heute

tomorrow demain mañana morgen

too much trop demasiado zu viel

train train,le tren Zug

travel voyager viajar reisen

Tuesday Mardi martes Diensttag

twelve douze doce zwölf

twenty vingt veinte zwanzig

two deux dos zwei

under sous debajo/bajo unter

up en haut arriba oben

us nous nos/nosostros uns

vegetables légumes,les legumbres Gemüse

wait attendre esperar warten

waiter garcon,le camarero Kellner

walk marcher caminar/pasear spazieren

want vouloir querer wollen

waste(n) gaspillage,le desgaste Abfall

we nous nosostros wir

weather temps,le tiempo Wetter

Wednesday Mercredi miércoles Mittwoch

week semaine,la semana Woche

wet pluvieux húmedo/mojado nass

what? quel/quoi? qué? was?

what time? quelle heure? qué hora? wie spät.ist es?

when? quand? cuándo? wann?

where où? dónde? wo?

white blanc blanco weiss

who? qui? quién? wer?

wife femme,la esposa Ehefrau

win gagner ganar gewinnen

wine vin,le vino Wein

winter hiver,le invierno Winter

woman femme,la mujer Frau

work travail,le trabajo arbeiten

worse pire peor schlechter

worst,the le pire el/lo peor schlechteste

write écrire escribir schreiben

wrong avoir tort falso/equiv. falsch

year année,la año Jahr

yes oui sí ja

yes but oui mais si, pero ja, aber

yesterday hier ayer gestern

you (nom.) vous usted/ustedes Sie

you (acc.) vous usted Sie

young jeune joven jung

your votre su Ihr

yourself vous‑même usted Sie selbst

yourselves vous‑mêmes ustedes Sie selbst

zero zero cero null


(Challenge: Insert/check Yoruba in CAPITAL LETTERS… with a natural speaker)

1. A/an 2. After 3. Again 4. All 5. Almost

KAN ???

6. Also 7. Always 8. And 9. Because 10. Before

LALE nigra-gbogbo eran

11. Big 12. But 13. I can 14. I come 15. Either/or


16. I find 17. First 18. For 19. Friend 20. From


21. I go 22. Good 23. Goodbye 24. Happy 25. I have


26. He 27. Hello 28. Here 29. How 30. I


31. I am 32. If 33. In 34. I know 35. Last


36. I like 37. Little 38. I love 39. I make 40. Many


41. One 42. More 43. Most 44. Much 45. My


46. New 47. No 48. Not 49. Now 50. Of


51 Often 52. On 53. One 54. Only 55. Or


56. Other 57. Our 58. Out 59. Over 60. People


61. Place 62. Please 63. Same 64. I see 65. She


66. So 67. Some 68. Sometimes 69. Still 70. Such


71. I tell 72. Thank you 73. That 74. The 75. Their


76. Them 77. Then 78. There is 79. They 80. Thing


81. I think 82. This 83. Time 84. To 85. Under


86. Up 87. Us 88. I use 89. Very 90. We


91. What 92. When 93. Where 94. Which 95. Who


96. Why 97. With 98. Yes 99. You 100. Your

KI LO DE pelu bee ni se/LE/O fun se



1. Make a special 30 minute APS audio tape recording of all the material

that you want to absorb into your long term memory, as follows:

a. Speak with gentle persuasive tone. This encourages perception

and retention without effort.

b. Speak only for about 8 seconds … pause for about 4 seconds ….

continue for about 8 seconds … pause 4 seconds etc. This gives your

mind time to absorb easily without stress,

c. Add seven key learning points which were important to

you! Thus provides “associations” in your mind for the new


2. The NEXT DAY, relax and playback the tape (using ear phones) while

watching some interesting TV show WITHOUT audio e.g. a football

match or other a sports event or a cartoon. Make NO EFFORT to

listen to the tape. In fact, TELL yourself NOT to listen, but just

to relax and gently give all attention to the TV show. Relax and let

your mind absorb the data WITHOUT ANY CONSCIOUS EFFORT at


3. Play this once more..

4. Finally on the FOLLOWING DAY, do IRT (relax), and playback the

tape (with ear phones) while gently viewing and repeating the text

material (hear, see, say and feel).

5. Adapt APS to your special needs and personality. Use it for any new

material that you want to absorb without stress or effort. And please

remember to email feedback and new creative ideas to our Team at:

robertboland@wanadoo.fr. So, and from now on – relax and remember!!


Appendix A – is the routine for long term reinforcement after one month, which can also be used by experienced speakers for the chronic problem of accent deterioration. Books to buy: Berlitz African Phrase Book and Crosslines – Afghanistan Essential Field Guides to Humanitarian and Conflict Zones – on the web.

Inspired by: Dr. Bob Boland (IU) and Mr. Shanu Majekodynmi (Nigeria) and

Dr. Giles Boland (Harvard) and Dr Shams Bathija (UNCTAD) and Boston University and the Team http://www.bu.edu/familymed/distance/cre/

Email: robertboland@wanadoo.com

33 450 408982 199 Chemin Garenne, Prevessin 01280 France

Copyright: RGAB/2003/1 – Free for aid workers …


This program is dedicated to the memory of Professor Kenneth Hale, the eminent linguist of MIT who died on October 8th 2001.

He spoke about 50 languages fluently and regarded each language as an intellectual treasure-house of communication, culture and humanitarian values.

He suggested … that 30 minutes of a new language … should be enough to start to make one-self understood … and then … the best way … to progress … was to speak … confidently … more and more … with natural speakers of the language …

So on we go … for one whole day … with a partner or small group … speaking and speaking … and moving … face, hands and body language to reinforce your communication … and ending with … almost instinctive … easy inter-active conversation … in the natural language … and if you are lucky enough to find … ANY natural speaker for the day … to be a partner … or just part of the small group … that would be just great …


  1. Adeola Says:

    I hope this makes sense

    Mo fe ran website eyin. Mon need lati soro yoruba “so” mo le soro si grandma mi. Ese fun seyi.

    Bee ni, mo le soro Yoruba die!!

  2. JOhanna Tibell Says:

    Dear Sirs/Madams!

    I have a question that I hope you can help me with.

    I need to know what “Mo ni mo” means.

    Kindly regards

  3. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Johanna,that means “I don’t have anymore”!

  4. Nicole Says:

    I need to know what “O soro lati so nisinyi, sugbon mo nife re” means.

    I hope you can help me!

    Thank you very much!


  5. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Nicole,my Yoruba informants tell me it means:

    “It’s hard to say but I love you”

  6. Tesa Says:


    Please help me to know what “Ekpa gi-gi gbo!!” means.

    Found this site to learn Yoruba language better than Nigeria dictionary and Nigeria Exchange Yoruba Pidgin. It is useful to me.


  7. morabee Says:

    What does gbadun mean?

  8. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Morabee, gbadun means enjoyment.

  9. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Tesa, nobody seems to recognize this ekpa gi gi gbo has Yoruba! Will keep trying to find the answer but you go back and check the spelling with a Yoruba around there.

  10. buki Says:

    what does ma bere mean

  11. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Buki, my Yoruba friend says ma bere means” don’t ask”.

  12. Khadijat Says:

    what does the lyrics to imagine that mean because i can sing it but i dont know what it means

  13. ditty Says:

    what does “dar’s be darn ya” mean???

  14. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    No Yoruba I show this phrase recognizes this as Yoruba. One person says it looks like Hausa. Double check where you heard it from.

  15. Lali Says:

    Hi, I am intersted in saying something sweet and memorable to my Yoruba boyfriend as he leaves to go on a trip. How do I say, I love you and I will wait for you? If you have another nice phrase i’m interested. Thanks a lot.

  16. Nicole Says:


    What does the Yoruba name Olumide mean?
    Thank you!

  17. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Nicole, Olumide breaks down literally like this:

  18. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    mo fe ran re(I love you)
    oluwa a pana mo>The Lord will make the trip safe for you!
    Now My Yoruba is limited so check the vocabularies in this catagory and see others. My Yoruba readers please help us with more endearing comments.

  19. Lee Says:

    what does ” Mo ti gbo…mi o ni owo to ma fun ee ole..” mean?

    I received an email with this message in it and have no idea how to read Yoruba

  20. Muhammad Says:


    pls what does “osari ka tonse” mean?


  21. John Moxford Says:

    I know a better place where you can learn Yoruba all by yourself

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  23. Patricia Says:

    Please help me translate this to english….i have no idea what site to go to in order to find it!
    thank you so much!!

    Se alafia lowa ati awon omo re??? o se fun ede mi ti o n so. kapade layo


    • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

      Hope you are fine and your child too. Thank you for speaking my language. We will meet in Joy!

      • Patricia Says:

        awww….thank you so much, do you know any website that i can download that will allow me to continue to translate yoruba into english? i am trying to learn the language so that i can speak with my fiance in his native language, as well, i would like to say my vows in yoruba…
        again, thank you!

      • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:


      • Patricia Says:

        thanks for the help!! i hope that i learn fast…

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