Edo is a Volta-Niger langauge spoken by about a million
people mainly in Edo State in southern Nigeria, and in Sao
Tomé-et-Principe. It is also known as Benin, Bini,
Addo, Oviedo or Ovioba.
Edo is mainly an oral language, however there is some written
material, including dictionaries, textbooks and historical texts.
Edo alphabet and pronunciation
- Before nasal vowels b and p = [m], d, l and t = [n], g and k = [ŋ], gb and kp = [ŋ͡m], w = [ŋʷ], y = [ɲ].
- Long vowels are indicated by doubling the vowel letters
- Nasal vowels are indicated by adding an n after them, or a nasal consonant before them
- The low tone is indicated by a grave accent (à), the high tone by an acute accent (á), the falling tone by a circumflex accent (â), and the mid tone is unmarked.
Hear the Edo alphabet
Sample phrases in Edo
- Ób’ókhían = Welcome
- Ób’ówa = Greetings to you at home
- Kóyo = Hello
- Vbèè óye hé? = How are you?
- Òy’ èsé = It is fine, o.k.
- Ób’ówie = Good morning
- Ób’ávàn = Good afternoon
- Ób’ ótà = Good evening
- Òkhíen òwie = Until tomorrow morning/good night
- Ù rú èsé = Thank you
Information about Edo
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet