Nigeria Pidgin English

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PIDGIN SPEAK is dedicated to those who want to feel the essence of true Nigerian Pidgin. Pidgin is a sort of English language Slang widely spoken in many parts of Nigeria. A culture lies behind the Nigerian Pidgin. It seems to rub off on those who stay for any length of time. There are many, especially in the country areas that only talk "da kin" true Nigerian Pidgin. It is peppered with native ethnic words. For a visitor or outsider, it can be a real challenge to understand, but for those who live in Nigeria, it is a part of life. The spelling is meant to capture the pronunciation.

Click on the alphabet that starts the pidgin word or phrase..

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Here at NAIJA PIDGIN SPEAK, you not only get to read Pidgin but you get to HEAR what it sounds like!

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Would you like to understand the locals here in Nigeria? Reading pidgin will help but HEARING it will be even better. Read, listen, and repeat--or at least try.
This sound feature will teach you new ways to understand Nigeria and it's culture.

»Step 1--Read the Pidgin word. Say it out loud and try to pronounce it your way.

»Step 2--Listen to the individual Pidgin word by clicking on the button. . Now repeat the Pidgin word out loud.

»Step 3--Read the Pidgin word used in a sentence. Click on the button to Listen how it is used in a sentence. TRY to repeat the sentence.

»Step 4--Repeat Steps 1-3. Do this everyday for at least 3 (tree) minutes a day. But if you no do am, e go harsh.

 

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ID Pidgin Definition
1422Akanuche

Definition:

Wisdom or discretion.

Example: o boy abeg use your akanuche o.
Synonyms: wisdom, discretion

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1421Akanchan

Definition:

Stingy person.

Example:

Kunle na real Akanchan

Synonyms: stingy, scrooge

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1420Akamu

Definition:

Pap made from corn

Example:

1. man that akamu look sweet

Synonyms: ogi, pap

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1419Ak

Definition:

The Police, Policeman

Example:

Oh boy, no be small thing oh! as AK just show all men bail

Synonyms: Law enforcement, police

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1418Ajuwaya

Definition:

A slang for serving members of the Nigerian Youth Service Corps. It is derived from the pidgin version of the the phrase "As you were" (A military term that is the equivalent of "at ease", the opposite of "attention" or "alert"

Example:

How many ajuwaya dey that house?

Synonyms: corper, copashon,nysc

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1417Ajepaco

Definition:

someone who was brought up in the harsh way of life, also a local champion.

Example:

Kingsley na correct ajepaco guy.

Synonyms: ghetto, hood

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1416Ajebutter

Definition:

Someone who is was born with a silver spoon in their mouth or who is spoilt and has not experienced the harshness of life

Example:

If you go Loyola Jesuit na only ajebutter full that school

Synonyms: rich, wealthy

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1415Ajebo

Definition:

Someone who is was born with a silver spoon in their mouth or who is spoilt and has not experienced the harshness of life

Example:

Amarachi na ajebo, you no see as she chop eba

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1414Ajayi

Definition:

An overachiever or someone that works excessively to impress the authority

Example:

Jide, why you always like to do ajayi?

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1413Airforce 1

Definition:

Flying Witch

Example:

1. e girlfriend mama na airforce 1

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1412Aircon

 

This means airconditioner

Example:

1. Abeg turn on that aircon

Synonyms: airconditioner

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1411Ah-ahn!

Definition: my goodness!

Example: ah -ahn, why did you do that!

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1410Agro

Definition: Feeling Horny

Example: Man e be like sey agro dey catch James oh

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1409Agidi

Definition: Locally prepared mashed rice cake

Example: The agidi mama buy come sweet well well.

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1408Agharacha

Definition: Woman of easy virtue

Example: omo see that agharacha, she think say she fit carry ma moni go.

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1407Agege bread

Definition: a popular low class bread baked in lagos. common among laborers

Example: Agege bread na poor man's bread.

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1406Agbero

Definition: Labourer who carries heavy goods for a fee.

Example: 1. See that Agbero local tout.

Definition: Area boy

Example: 1. Musa too dey behave like agbero

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1405Agbaya

Definition: A bad elderly person

Example: An elder who beats younger ones

Foolish person

Example: You be big agbaya. you are a big fool

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1404Agbada

Definition: 1. Large traditional garment usually worn by men over a shirt.

Example:  Abeg bring daddy's agbada

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1403Agaracha

Definition: A woman of easy virtue

Example: You be confirmed agaracha means you are a woman of easy virtue

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