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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) Mọkọm
Ekọm do
How are you? Idem fo?
Etie didie?
Reply to 'How are you?' Idem mi ọsọñ
Long time no see Ikut enyin
What's your name? Ekere didie?
My name is ... Enyin mi edi ...
Ekot mi ...
Where are you from? Oto mmọñ?
I'm from ... Nto ...
Pleased to meet you Enem mi ndi kut fi
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Emesiere
Emesiere nde (reply)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Mọkọm
Ekọm do
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Mọkọm
Ekọm do
Good night Esiere
Esiere Nde (reply)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Tie suñ
Ka di
Good luck! Mfọn iso!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Nsọñ idem!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Saña suñ
Yes In
No Ínín
Maybe Ekeme ndidi
I don't know Ndiọnọke
Do you understand? Anwaña fi?
I understand Anwaña mi
I don't understand Inwañake mi
Please speak more slowly Mbọk tin suñsuñ
Please say that again Mbọk fiak tin ise
Please write it down Mbọk wet
Do you speak English? Emesem ikọ mbakara?
Do you speak Efik? Emesem ikọ Efik?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
In, esisit
Do you speak a language
other than
Efik?
Emesem usem efen akan ikọ Efik?
Speak to me in Efik Tin ikọ Efik ye ami
How do you say ... in Efik? Didie afo edọhọ ... ke usem Efik?
Ọdọgọ didie ... ke ikọ Efik?
Excuse me Mbọk
How much is this? Okuk ifañ?
Akpa okuk ifañ?
Sorry Ìnín
Please Mbọk
Thank you Sọsọñọ
Sọsọñọ eti eti
Reply to thank you Ọfọn o
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Wut mi itie ukeñ idem/esa uyere mmọñ?
This gentleman will pay for everything Akparawa emi eye ekpe kpukpru
This lady will pay for everything Nkaiferi emi eye ekpe kpukpru
Would you like to dance with me? Eye enek unek ye ami?
I miss you Itọñ fo ọdọñ mi
I love you Mme ama fi
Get well soon Kudọñọ aba
Go away! Daga!
Leave me alone! Sana mi yak!
Help! Mbọk nwam mi!
Fire! Ikañ!
Stop! Tre!
Call the police! Kot borisi!
One language is never enough Usem kiet ikemke
My hovercraft is full of eels Ubom mi ọyọhọ ye nko

Phrases and corrections provided by Fifi Edem and Grace Otu Edem

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Information about Efik | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel

Links

Other collections of Efik phrases
http://calabarforum.org.uk/learn-efik-phrases

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