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Which Nigerian Language Is The Easiest To Learn?

Of the major languages in Nigeria, I wonder which is easiest to learn, and can be quickly mastered by a non-indigene?

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There are three main options. For one it is the Pidgin English, as it is pretty similar to English and if you speak that, you can master this one, too. The second option is Igbo, as people from this tribe mix in a lot of English words in their speech. So, you can understand them even if you do not know the Igbo language well. Finally, it is the Hausa. This native tongue is considered to be the easiest to learn. It has a clear structure.

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we know the answer already hausa

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to meoo i am an igbo guy but i think house is the easiet to learn

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For me it's Igbo. Maybe it's because it's my original language.

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I think yoruba language is the easiest language to learn

quite easy to grasp

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If we take the 3 major languages I think Hausa is teh easiest to learn, followed by Yoruba. Igbo is too difficult for me. But if we take all the over 250 languages, then I don't think I can ever learn that Ebira even if i go to school of Ebira studies for 2 years. kai the language is too difficult, as my friends speak it.

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well. Hausa is my second language and I found it hard to learn. Im still finding it very difficult to speak Hausa without the silly Hausawa laughing at me. I hate them for that. Not only me most of my relatives and ppl from my village find it very difficult to learn. But we have no option than learning. I started learning Hausa from around 11 - 12 or so and can vitually understand everything. I tried to learn other languages like Yoruba and Ibo, but I think Ibo is more difficult to learn. Learning ibo is like learning chinese, all the chus and kwus in d language make it difficult.

If u are trying to learn a Nigerian language, I will advise u to learn hausa. because if u can speak in english, you wont get lost in the south, but in d north u need an interpreter in some cases. The northern ppl, even the educated ones dont like speaking english language. And more over sometime the language is sweet. Listen to these programmes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/hausa/meta/tx/hausa_0530?size=au&bgc=003399&lang=ha&nbram=1&nbwm=1

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http://www.voanews.com/hausa/webcasts.cfm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/hausa/

These are BBC and VOA hausa programmes, click the play sign and it will give u the idea of how the language is spoken. It is soft spoken language, with plenty of words, almost word for everything. The language specializes in borrowing from other languages. Infact it is more interesting when they are mixing it with english.

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Yoruba is not easy to learn.

Stop giving the poster wrong info just because you're yoruba. Yoruba and it's similar tone and several meanings!!

The easiest to grasp is Pidgin English, should be one of naija's lang jare

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I'll stick with HAUSA; it's quite easy to grasp

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Uhrobo is the easiest Benin is the hardest followed by Igbo

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I think without contest Hausa is the easiest Nigerian language and one that has words for most things other languages do not.

My Language Efik is one of the harder ones to learn.People should stop claiming their language is the easiest because they speak it

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If you want to learn a Nigerian language, you're better off learning Hausa. Not only is it easy to learn, it is the most widely spoken language in West Africa and most importantly, Hausa speakers control Nigeria. If you want to get close to the top, Hausa should be it for you.

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hei everyone! i am ibibio,i think mine is difficult to speak but the easiest to understand, because when corpers are posted to my state they tend to understand very fast than to speak. But overall i think Yoruba is classic,igbo is sweet, hausa is easy then Efik(calabar) is romantic. Yoruba is the easiest to learn and IBIBIO is the most difficult , they talk like chinese.

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is this a Nigeria language too?

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a be be bi bo bo bu,

a ba baba a baaaaa

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Guyz abeg na calaber b d easiest language make una try learn am, kpon tio dat it undiluted effik @ it peak

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Edo is difficult because their words are difficult to pronounce, there are lots of vbo, gho, mwen, gba, vben and etc in

most of the words. People that speak English usually can't pronounce those words right. But if you can learn to

pronounce those words, Edo becomes almost the easiest and smoothest language. Ibibio is a good language to

learn too. I would say Yoruba is spoken with the most frequency in Nigeria. You will probably be better off learning

yoruba if you want to learn a Nigeria language.

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I would say yoruba is the easiest, but when you speak it, you have to keep your mouth open and they tend to speak

it loud. So watch out for that incase you decided to learn it. The Calaber speak like they are singing, so be ready to

sing if you decided to learn ibibio or efik. Edo language is actually difficult to learn, but its the smootest and sweetest

Nigeria language. Hausa is kind of easy too. Igbo, is moderate.

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pidgin in not a language, its an english dialect but i guess its okay to consider it one.

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@jo-z:

I suppose I could have said that I was Nigerian, but doing so would misrepresent me.  I was born in Canada and have lived in the United States since I was a child.  I've yet to even visit Nigeria, but I am looking forward to doing so at some point in the (preferably) near future.

Why would I wish to deny the background that is mine?  I've no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed of it or by it.  Does the fact that I'm[i] not [/i] Nigerian make you uncomfortable with my presence on this site?  If so, may I respectfully ask why that is so?

@soulpatrol:

My apologies for going off-topic, but I do wish to address those things which are addressed to me.

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@jo-z:

I live in Michigan.

@lovemajek:

I don't fear being a Nigerian. The fact is I'm not a Nigerian. Circumstance of my birth did not allow that to happen. I was born in Canada.

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my friend in school said nigayrian.

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dont be afraid to be a nigerian, because if you're a blackman you're a nigerian.

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Name your price, remember $1 is now 1.25 naira sha o.

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Thank you for your interpretations, you are hired.

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shikane is its finish,why opari is finito.

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hausa then yoruba. shikena and opari.

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Thanks, jo-z!

The reason I ask is that, as you say, it is what it is. I know that the French spoken in Canada is somewhat different from the French spoken in France, which differs from the French spoken in Senegal or Madagascar. All have commonalities, but each is different. Indeed, I know of Parisians who cannot understand Quebecois well at all!

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Thank you! I suppose I'm going to eventually get a grasp of Pidgin!

Maybe we should do threads on how to learn Nigeria's many languages. Have a post of a word or a phrase a day that those who don't speak the language could learn.

Is Pidgin common to the various other languages or does each have its own? In other words, is there a Yoruba Pidgin, Igbo Pidgin, Hausa Pidgin?

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OK, let's see--

"sabi" in Pidgin means "to know," "knows" or "knowledge" in English?

Come on, now--help me out!

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@ikamefa:

Tell me the truth--is my translation even close to what she was saying?

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@babyosisi:

I live in Michigan, but I spend a lot of time outside of that state.

@soulpatrol:

Does i tok am po true pa mean "I talk much truth" or something like that?

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Why do they speak a different pidgin English though?

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i think northern pple hausanized the pidgin english

ko.

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Earlier in this thread, soulpatrol posted this in Hausa:

you tok am po true which means, I trust, "true talk." This is interesting to me because it looks as though it would sound very similar, phonetically, to "you talk ample truth" in English.

OK, here's my question: Is Pidgin spoken commonly? Is it difficult to learn to speak? Is it difficult to learn to write? What languages (other than English) is it most predominantly based on or use?

I really like this site, and I've learned quite a bit about Nigeria in the time I've spent here. I feel it would be beneficial to learn Pidgin to help me understand some of the postings. Several of you (and I certainly include you, ikamefa!) have been extremely helpful with providing translations.

Unfortunately, Pidgin isn't spoken widely in the US where I live. I've seen some self-instruction methods on line that are priced a bit more than I would be comfortable paying, given that I don't know how good they are.

Tell me more about Pidgin and its place in the Nigerian linguistic scheme.

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@ chiogo

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I been to lagos and i ain't never met anybody with aids. what do u know? It's a yoruba state, not an igbo state.and there is no aids there. You join all these dumb-Bottom kids here talkin' 'bout how there are lots of people with aids in africa.Now u helpin' them make it clear by sayin' lagos 'cause am def. sure i never came across anyone with aids all 6 years i lived there. You ever been to lagos anywayz? It's got most of d finest cities there is in nigeria.Trust me, when u want to visit naija (to have fun), lagos shld be on your top list or u want to go to your hausa village to have fun?

my hausa village what u talking about?i know my grandfathers village is right there in kano,and that village is 10 times better then lagos,girls with they mother learning how to cook,boys out farming fulani men on his cow,my cousins cooking suya,a hole bunch of beautiful girls c'mon girl what could be sweeter then this.

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hausa's the easiest somebody in this room tell me that you don't know what uwaaka,Northerner or wahala mean.

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If you believe that Kano has 1 million more people than Lagos and the North has double the people that the South of Nigeria does (i.e. you buy the latest Nigerian census figure) then perhaps that silly claim that Hausa is the most widely spoken in all of West Africa is true.

But we all know that is complete bollocks.

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why is this thread still on.

Anyone who knows anything about Nigerian languages will agree that Hausa is the most complete and easiest to learn.

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fortunate to have stayed with people speaking the three major languages in nigeria but to be candid i believe yoruba is the easiest, may coz of the people's friendliness despite my being from the north

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@Shango

Hausas who lived around me in Onitsha could speak Igbo, so yes I've seen mallams who speak other languages.

Yes that explains why Hausa language is the EASIEST to learn and the most widely spoken in all of West Africa.

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