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Yoruba Language Resources

Yoruba Language Resources

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Published by: Ambakisye-Okang Olatunde on Jan 05, 2011
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Yoruba Alphabet
Learning the
Yoruba alphabet
is very important, because its structure is used in every dayconversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to writethose words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be inspeaking the Yoruba language.Below is a table showing the Yoruba alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finallyexamples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.YorubaAlphabetEnglishSoundPronunciationExample
a
[a] as in
father
 
b
[b] as in
bay
 
c
 [
ʨ
]ch as in
chay
 
d
[d] as in
day
 
e
 [
ɛ
]as in
elephant
 
[f] as in
fine
 
g
 [
ɡ
]as in
gold
 
h
[h] as in
house
 
i
[i] 'ee' as in
meat
 
 j
 [
ʥ
]as in
 job
 
 
YorubaAlphabetEnglishSoundPronunciationExample
k
[k] as in
kitchen
 
l
[l] as in
life
 
m
[m] as in
man
 
n
[n] as in
nice
 
o
[o] as in
olive
 
p
[p] as in
pool
 
q
[k] as in
kiss
 
r
[r] as in
rice
 
s
[s] as in
smile
 
t
[t] as in
time
 
u
[u] 'oo' as in
mood
 
v
[f] f as in
free
 
w
[w] as in
wind
 
x
[ks] as in
wax
 
 
YorubaAlphabetEnglishSoundPronunciationExample
y
[j] as in
year
 
z
[z] as in
Zulu
 
Yoruba Pronunciation
You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better thanhearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the lettersabove are pronounced, just press the play button:The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Yoruba, therefore they needvery special attention.
Yoruba Adjectives
Learning the
Yoruba Adjectives
is very important, because its structure is used in every dayconversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Yoruba language.But first we need to know what's the role of Adjectives in the structure of the grammar in Yoruba.Yoruba Adjectives are words that describe or modify another person or thing in the sentence.Here are some examples:English Adjectives Yoruba Adjectivesadjectivesa green tree Igi alawo ewea tall building Ile gigaa very old man Arugbo okunrin

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