Igbo Consonants (Mgbochiume)

There are iri na itoolu (19) mgbochiume (consonants) in the Igbo alphabet. Click the letter or scroll down to learn more about how these consonants are pronounced.

B | D | F | G | H | J | K | L | M | NÑ | P | R | S | T | V | W | Y | Z

 

B, b

Igbo word example: Bekee (“English”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: bee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example – boy

D, d

Igbo word example: di ohuru (“fresh”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: dee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example – dog

F, f

Igbo word example: efu  (“zero”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: fee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example – fork

G, g

Igbo word example: oge (“clock, time, season”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: gee (hard g)

Saying the letter in a wordEnglish sound example – go

H, h

Igbo word example: hụrụ (“new”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: hee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example – hot

J, j

Igbo word example: jọ (“ask”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: jee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example – jump

K, k

Igbo word example: kedu  (“how are you?”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: kee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example – kite

L, l

Igbo word example: olu  (“voice”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: lee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example – lips

M, m

Igbo word example: mechi  (“close/shut”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: mee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example – mop

 

B | D | F | G | H | J | K | L | M | NÑ | P | R | S | T | V | W | Y | Z

N, n

Igbo word example: nkita (“dog”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter nee  (or nuh)

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example no

Ñ, ñ

(Note: The ~ character is called a tilde in English. This letter may also be shown as Ṅ/ṅ (with a dot above the letter N) or ‘N/’n . Sometimes it’s not marked at all.)

Igbo word example: añu (“bee”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter: ng-uh (or ng-ee)

Saying it in a word: English sound example song

P, p

Igbo word example: puku (“thousand”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter pee)

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example paint

R, r

Igbo word example: rie (“eat”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter ree

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example ride

S, s

Igbo word example: soro (“follow”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter see

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example soap

T, t

Igbo word example: taa (“today”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter tee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example tall

V, v

Igbo word example: mvọ (“comb”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter vee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example velvet

W, w

Igbo word example: weta (“bring/get”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter wee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example water

Y, y

Igbo word example: ya (“he/she/it”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter yee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example yes

Z, z

Igbo word example: zuta (“buy”)

Sounds like:

Saying the letter zee

Saying the letter in a word: English sound example zoo

 

B | D | F | G | H | J | K | L | M | NÑ | P | R | S | T | V | W | Y | Z

 

 

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