PARTS OF THE BODY IN IGEDE LANGUAGE (EGINYIRO or Ega Nya Inyiyo)
Welcome to the second edition of the Igede language class called Igede Culture Class. The aforementioned nomenclature has been chosen to use because, the people’s language and culture is inseparable. On this edition, we will be making use of the Igede Alphabet we presented before you on the first edition.
There is no special magic one does to be able to read any local language. The same steps you took while reading English Language is the same steps you are to follow to read this particular language, Igede. For instance, a+b+a is Aba. What one should take into cognizance after combining letters together like is done above is that, what is the intonation of the word the letters have formed? And that’s where what we called diacritics comes in.
Also read: Igede Alphabet and how to pronounce them
What is ‘diacrictics’? It is a mark near or through an orthographic or phonetic character or combination of characters indicating a phonetic value different from that given the unmarked or otherwise marked element. It is that dot under a letter or on the letter, that shows how a particular letter should be pronounced. Diacritics helps us to distinguish between ‘olo‘ meaning course in Igede language and ‘olo‘ which means load in the same language.
Almost all African languages are tonal, they are therefore difficult to read without diacritics. In Yoruba language, we have 5 words with the same spelling, but has different meanings. E.g: ogun-war, ogun-charm, ogun-20, ogun-in-law, ogun-it’s long. The words are homophonic and only diacritics can help differentiate them.
To kickstart the Igede Culture Class particularly on language, we will begin with parts of the body and how they are called in Igede language.
Head Egbeju igbeju
Hair. Inyih. inyi
Face Ahi ahi
Eye. Ehi ahi
Mouth. Onu inu
Teeth Enghiri anghiri
Tong Elele alale
Tongue Ugbonu egbinu
Gum Ichina ichina
Chic Ubaa abaa
Ear Uru aru
Nose Okwunyi ikwinyi
Jaw Itinchwo itinchwo
Neck Ukpiroko akprako
Shoulder Umuchwo amwuachwo
Hand Ubwo abwo
Armpit Igengine ingengine
Arm Ugburuvo egbirabwo
Finger Ukuchwu Akachu
Chest Okiletu ikiletu
Breast Eme ame
Stomach Epwu apwu
Back Ekpe epe
Rib Aka aka
Navel Ukpeechi ekpaachi
Foot Epete apate
Toes Achu uchwuu
Bottom Omu imwu
Pennis Ogbe igbe
Virgina Imwo imwo
Also read: Top 50 Igede Names and Their Meanings
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