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Useful phrases in Efik

A collection of useful phrases in Efik, a Benue–Congo language spoken in Cross River State in southern Nigeria

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase Efik
Welcome Emedi
Hello (General greeting) Mɔkɔm
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Idem Fo?
Etie Didie?
Reply to 'How are you?' Idem Mi ɔsɔŋ
Long time no see
What's your name? Nso Ke Ekot Fi?
Enyin Fo Edi Nso?
Ekere Nso?
My name is ... Enyin Mi Edi ...
Ekot Mi ...
Where are you from? Oto Mmɔŋ?
I'm from ... Nto ...
Pleased to meet you
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Emesiere Nde (reply)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Esiere
Esiere Nde (reply)
(Parting phrases)
Tie Suŋ
Ka Di
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Saŋa Suŋ
I understand
I don't understand
I don't know
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English?
Do you speak Efik?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Speak to me in Efik
How do you say ... in Efik? Didie afo edɔhɔ ... ke usem Efik?
Excuse me
How much is this? Okuk Ifaŋ?
Akpa Okuk Ifaŋ?
Please Mbɔk
Thank you Sɔsɔŋɔ
Sɔsɔŋɔ Eti Eti
Reply to thank you
Where's the toilet?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you Mmema fi
Get well soon
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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