Mo Gbo Gba – Yoruba Convo Club, 12th Dec 2013

So we had the second iteration of the Yoruba Conversation Club on Thursday 12th December. We had an intimate group of participants, a small number of new attendees, and some very welcome return ones. Take a look at some of the pictures taken by Seyi.

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The post-its are something we use to record words or phrases that stump us in our conversations, for example, we may be conversing in Yoruba and find we need to use a word we only know in English – we either write it down, or refer to a dictionary we have at hand. Sometimes, we create words that suit the expression in English, if there’s no known Yoruba word for it. There’s a list of the words from last time we met, which are either: Yoruba words some of us just learnt, Neologisms – that is new Yoruba words  or phrases we’ve coined, and English words that some or all of us didn’t know in Yoruba.

Mo Gbo Gba
We learnt a few new things from Ayo Alaka who joined us for the first time – teaching us an irreverent little song, which has a good element of social history embedded in it too. You can have a listen to the audio of us singing the song, and discussing it, below.

Then we did it a little bit better…

 

There’s no pictures of the wine we had, but it certainly made our conversation go more smoothly.

Hope some of you can join us for the next Yoruba conversation club, we’re looking forward to growing, learning and sharing with you in 2014.

Mo gbo gba lehinkule baba;
Baba ni Ah, Olorun gba mi!
Olorun ni Ah, Mo’se le gba e
Sebi’wo lo se, to ti ike bodi!

New Yoruba Words People Picked Up
(Please note, these don’t have tonal marks, so use a dictionary if you’re practicing pronunciation)

Abo – half
Ama – bag
Ipinle – Theme
Lugesi – England/UK
Larin  – contraction of: (Ni Arin) – Between
Asiko – Moment
Owo – Industry
Mefa – Six
Ebi – Family
Emi – Spirit/Soul
Iyi – Prestige
Ye – To Understand
Island – Erekusu

Neologisms

Project Manager = Igbero Alabojuto
Properly/Deeply – Gan-Gan Gidi Gan-Gan

What’s the Yoruba for? – Words that stumped us in conversation, and nobody knew or supplied the Yoruba word for

Modern Medicine
Mutually Exclusive
Dictionary
Opportunity
Courage
Degree
African Politics
African Studies
Intellectual Knowledge
Ideas
Hope
Seriousness
“Quality not Quantity”
Event
International Banking Conference
Hotel
Editor
Communications Professional
Diplomat
Office Building
Melodramatic
Meditation
Monastery
Text
Intuition
Premonition
Packaging
Objective
Confidence
Regularly
Later
Franchise
Energy
Shell
Isolated
Depressed
Introduce (as in introduce yourselves to one another)
Forty-Three
Expect
Weather
Charity
Benefits
Letter
Family

Best
Dele