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
1461As in

Definition:

Expression used to ask for clarification; literally, \'Meaning what?\' Can also be used in a sarcastic way to illustrate how unfeasible a request is.

Example:

A: Ol boy that one no fit happen.
B: As in wetin now?
A: Her shakara too much and me sef I no get time.

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1460Arrow

Definition:

a very daft and stupid person

Example:

look at this arrow grammatical error

Example:

John don blow arrow means john has made a grammatical error while speaking. Especially english.

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1459Arro

Definition:

stupid person

Example:

u be another arro, just like ur friend spelt Aro not arro after the psychiatric hospital hospital\'s location in Abeokuta Example

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1458Arrange yua sef

Definition:

1. Make your own arrangements
2. Everyman to himself.

Example:

1. Oga e be like say you go arrange yua sef
2. Man this one na arrange yua sef Take care of yourself. Example:

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1457Aristos

Definition:

sugar daddies or mummies - rich old men and women who date younger people

Example:

shey chief na aristo? yes na he be my sugar daddy

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1456Aristo

Definition:

suga daddy, a man dating a girl who is young enough to be his daughter

Example:

too many girls wey dey 4 dat unilag dey flex aristo how i tel my guy dat i luv him in aromatic way Example:

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1455Area boys

Definition:

Hooligans , touts that do nothing but loitering around the neighborhood and basically make a their living off the streets

Example:

area boys dey fight means hooligans are fighting

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1454Area boy

Definition:

Local tout. very rough and uncivilized person.

Example:

1. Man I dey fear all those area boys for alab market

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1453Area boy

Definition:

Local tout. very rough and uncivilized person.

Example:

1. Man I dey fear all those area boys for alab market

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1452Area

Definition:

1. neighborhood
2.familiar person or friend

Example:

1. I dey go my area
2. Chinedu! see this area boy, how you dey?

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1451Arangee

Definition:

same as word arranged

Example:

you sister don do arrangee marriage means your sister has gone into a contract marriage or an arranged marriage.

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1450Aproko

Definition:

someone who pokes his/her nose into other people\'s affairs.

Example:

aproko, mind your business

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1449Apkroko

Definition:

Gossip, see: Amebo

Example:

1. Chris na apkroko

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1448Anywhere belle face

Definition:

This is used to describe someone who is playing football and kicks the ball in random directions without thinking.

Example:

Portsmouth no sabi play ball, dem dey dey do anywhere belle face.
Whi

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1447Anuofia

Definition:

Wild animal

Example: May your road be rough. Anuofia!!!
God punish you. Anuofia!!

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1446Anumanu

Definition:

Animal

Example:

Anumanu like you! (Animal like you. That is, you are an animal)
Anumanu looking heifer!

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1445Ansa

Definition:

Answer

Example:

1. For dat exam you get de ansa?

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1444Anoda

Definition: Another

Example:

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1443Ankle

Definition:

Sexual activity involved in by a male and a female. Its actually the latest pidgin word for FUCK(or sex)

Example:

Guy, i just dey ankle finish and i don tire.

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1442And co

Definition:

people wearing the same costumes. It maybe twins, group of people or couples

Example:

make we do and co tomorrow go church means lets wear similar costumes tomorrow to the church

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