Review this page to learn Igbo vocabulary words that describe your family members such as your siblings and parents, friends, people you may work or go to school with, and other people in your every day life.

Family | Friends | Other People

Family (ezinaụlọ / ndị be)

parents – nne na nna

mother – nne

father – nna

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grandfather – Father’s side: nna nna / nna ochie (nna); Mother’s side: nna nne / nna ochie (nne)

grandmother – Father’s side: nne nna / nne ochie (nna); Mother’s side: nne nne / nne ochie (nne)

grandchild – nwa nwa

grandkids/grandchildren – ụmụ ụmụ

 

sibling – nwanne

brother – nwanne nwoke

sister – nwanne nwanyị

younger brother – nwanne nwoke nta

younger sister – nwanne nwanyị nta

 

husband – di

wife – nwunye

in-law – ọgọ

mother in law – nne di / nne nwunye

father in law – nna di / nna nwunye

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daughter – nwa nwanyị (Some people use 2 a’s in nwaanyị)

son – nwa nwoke

1st daughter – ada / ada nwanyị

1st son – ọkpara / di ọkpara

child – nwata

baby – nwa

children – ụmụ / ụmụaka / ụmụntakịrị

twins – ụmụ ejima (Some people just say ejima)

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aunt – dada / nwanne nna / nwanne nne

uncle – dede / de / nwanne nna / nwanne nne

cousin – nwa nwanne nwoke (male) / nwa nwanne nwanyị (female)

cousins – ibenna (paternal) / ibenne (maternal)

niece – nwa nwanyị nwanne nwoke (brother’s daughter) / nwa nwanyị nwanne nwanyị (sister’s daughter)

nephew – nwa nwoke nwanne nwoke (brother’s son) / nwa nwoke nwanne nwanyị (sister’s son)

relatives (mother’s side) – ụmụnne (Some also say this is another word for siblings).

relatives (father’s side) – ụmụnna

close relatives – nwanna

Friends (ndị enyi / ndị ọyị )

friend – enyi / ọyị

boyfriend or male friend – enyi nwoke / ọyị nwoke

girlfriend or female friend -enyi nwanyị / ọyị nwanyị

People (ndị / ndị mmadụ)

humans/ human beings – ndị mmadụ

person – mmadụ / onye

adults – ndị okenye

Igbo people – Ndị Igbo

Africans – Ndị Afrika

Americans – Ndị Emerika

Black person – onye ojii

Black people – Ndị ojii

light skinned person – onye ocha

white person – onye ocha

White people – Ndị ọcha

man – nwoke

woman – nwanyị  (Again, some people spell it as nwaanyị)

older man (to be respectful) – dede

older woman (to be respectful) – dada

distinguished elders – Ndị ichie

Mrs. – Lọlọ

Mr./mister – Mazi

girl – nwa nwanyị / nwata nwanyị

young lady –  agbọghọ

boy – nwa nwoke / nwata nwoke

young man –  okorọbia

boss – onye isi

colleagues/coworkers/workers – ndị ọrụ

teacher – onye nkụzị

student – nwa akwụkwọ / nwata akwụkwọ

 

 

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