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Learn Igbo

There are over 500 languages spoken in Nigeria. Igbo is spoken in the south east of the country and is the native language of the Igbo people, one of the largest ethnic groups. It is also a regional minority language in Equatorial Guinea. Igbo can be written Ibo or, in the language, Asụsụ Igbo. Igbo is related to the Yoruba language: they are both members of the Volta-Niger language family. More distantly, it is related to the Bantu languages which spread across most of southern Africa, including Shona, Swhaili and Zulu.

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Where is it spoken?

Nigeria

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Number of speakers

24,000,000

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Language family

Niger-Congo

Atlantic–Congo

Volta-Congo

Volta-Niger

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Fun facts about Igbo

One proverb goes 'he who eats with a spoon should remember those who eat with their hands', which means 'always remember those who have less'.

Words can be joined to form new words in Igbo - for example, the word plane is made up of the words ‘high’ and ‘motor’.

Igbo has two tones which can affect the meaning of words - for example, àkwà means bed but àkwá means egg.

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