from: rootsandrooted.org/yoruba

Learn the Yorùbá Alphabet, Resources for learning the Yoruba language

The Yorùbá alphabet consists of 25 letters, as shown below:
Hear how they sound here.

Letter Sounds Like (In English)
a English word ‘ark’
b English word ‘bee’
d English word ‘dee’
e English letter ‘eight’
English sound of ‘e’ in ‘egg’
f English word ‘feel’
g English sound of ‘g’ in ‘give’
gb Hard sounding ‘b’.
h English sound of ‘hill’
i English sound of ‘ill’
j English lsound of ‘jeep’
k English sound of ‘key’
l English sound of ‘leaf’
m English word ‘me’
n English sound of ‘nil’
o English letter ‘oh’
English sound ‘au’ as in word ‘taught’
p English sound of ‘pit’.
r English sound of ‘read’
s English word ‘sea’
English sound of ‘sheep’
t English word ‘tea’
u English sound of ‘u’ in word ‘you’
w English sound of ‘we’
y English word ‘ye’

Tonal Markings

Accent & Symbol
Vocal Sound

Intonation: Fall of voice

no marking

Intonation: Rise of voice

Circumflex: long syllable

Common Greetings

English Yoruba
“Welcome” Ekaabo!
“Hello!” Ago o
“Hope you are fine” Alafia
“I am fine, thank you” Alafia ni
“How are you?” Ba wo ni
“Fine, thank you” Dadani esa
“Good afternoon” is Ekasan
“Good evening” is Eku Irole
(Late) “Good Evening” is Ekaale o
“Good night” is O daa ro
“Good morning” is Ekaaro
“Good-bye” is O da bo

Yoruba-English/English-Yoruba Modern Practical Dictionary
Kayode J. Fakinlede 1000+(African) Òrìsà Yorùbá Names
by Chief/Ms FAMA Yoruba (Language) Without Tears
Olatunde Soroye

Adapted from Motherland Nigeria. com and Yorùbá without Tears

Online Resources
Yorùbá Online Dictionary
Yorùbá Names
Yorùbá School Online (Get online instruction, lessons and testing – children and adult levels)
YorubaLingo Alphabet Tutor (2.54Mb zip.exe) PC Platform only
Memorise Yoruba Alphabet in 60 seconds (2.54Mb zip.exe) PC platform only
YorubaLingo Alphabet Tutor (883kb zip.exe) PC & Mac platform
Yoruba World Discussion Group
Yoruba Online (history, language lessons, etiquette etc.)

More Books See the Books Page

Multimedia Tools for Learning Yoruba
D-Net Communications Yoruba Training Kits for Adults and Students, See site for prices
Yorùbá ~ 101 Languages of the World
Yorùbá Audio Cassette Course. Foreign Service Institute
Talk Now! Learn Yoruba – Beginning Level

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  3. EMMANUEL Says:

    ba wo ni o

  4. Jones Msosa Says:

    Pliz send me the English meaning of the words as follows; Omo nla oga o!! Oke ibi, o je ka ri toun. Se alafia ni, gbogbo ile nko? Eku igbadun.

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