So we had the second iteration of the Yoruba Conversation Club on Thursday 12th December. We had an intimate group of participants, a small number of new attendees, and some very welcome return ones. Take a look at some of the pictures taken by Seyi.
The post-its are something we use to record words or phrases that stump us in our conversations, for example, we may be conversing in Yoruba and find we need to use a word we only know in English – we either write it down, or refer to a dictionary we have at hand. Sometimes, we create words that suit the expression in English, if there’s no known Yoruba word for it. There’s a list of the words from last time we met, which are either: Yoruba words some of us just learnt, Neologisms – that is new Yoruba words or phrases we’ve coined, and English words that some or all of us didn’t know in Yoruba.
Mo Gbo Gba
We learnt a few new things from Ayo Alaka who joined us for the first time – teaching us an irreverent little song, which has a good element of social history embedded in it too. You can have a listen to the audio of us singing the song, and discussing it, below.
Then we did it a little bit better…
There’s no pictures of the wine we had, but it certainly made our conversation go more smoothly.
Hope some of you can join us for the next Yoruba conversation club, we’re looking forward to growing, learning and sharing with you in 2014.
Mo gbo gba lehinkule baba;
Baba ni Ah, Olorun gba mi!
Olorun ni Ah, Mo’se le gba e
Sebi’wo lo se, to ti ike bodi!
New Yoruba Words People Picked Up
(Please note, these don’t have tonal marks, so use a dictionary if you’re practicing pronunciation)
Abo – half
Ama – bag
Ipinle – Theme
Lugesi – England/UK
Larin – contraction of: (Ni Arin) – Between
Asiko – Moment
Owo – Industry
Mefa – Six
Ebi – Family
Emi – Spirit/Soul
Iyi – Prestige
Ye – To Understand
Island – Erekusu
Project Manager = Igbero Alabojuto
Properly/Deeply – Gan-Gan Gidi Gan-Gan
What’s the Yoruba for? – Words that stumped us in conversation, and nobody knew or supplied the Yoruba word for
“Quality not Quantity”
International Banking Conference
Introduce (as in introduce yourselves to one another)