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..

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

 

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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
1631Change am

Definition:

A. To change an article or something

B. To change someones fate without his or her intention.

Example:

A.(talking to a bread seller who sold a spoilt bread to you) Madam abeg change am

B. I no wan fall before but your okada don change for me now .

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1630Chance

Definition:

Cheating someone.

Example:

Please arrange yourself to the back of the queue and stop trying to chance me. space or unused leave in an exercise book. Example: Uncle, there is chance in my book.

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1629Chairman

Definition:

Term used to describe a guy.

Example:

Chairman, are you in London yet? Example:

Example: A random/regular male person

Example: Chairman, how far with the money nau?? (regular)
Abeg Chairman, u sabi the people wey dey live here?? (random)

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1628Chaii

Definition:

An exclamation

Example:

I don die ooo chaii!!!

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1627Chai!

Definition:

Usually exclamation, used to express grief, surprise, disappointment and anger, e.t.c see also choi

Example:

Chai! Dem don chop our money oooo..

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1626Chai

Definition:

What!

Example:

Chai e kill in mama?

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1625Chaf

Definition:

Smoking

Example:

Jide don spoil finish, now he like to dey chaf

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1624Cha-cha

Definition:

not at all. Used for emphasis of a negative statement. (Frequently used amongst Igbo speakers)

Example:

1. Dat guy neva come hia today, cha-cha. Gamble

Example:

Oh boy make we play cha cha. means, let's gamble. New.

Example:

Man, Wale just buy one cha-cha Camry

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1623Cha cha

Definition:

brand new

Example:

Brenda's motor no be tokunbo, na cha cha!

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1622Cd plate

Definition: compact disc

Example:

1. How much you dey sell this jackie chan cd plate

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1621Catch trips

Definition:

To entertain one\'s self, usually at the expense of another.

Example:

You dey use me catch trips abi?

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1620Casanova

Definition:

(1)A womaniser

Example:

Ike na casanova him be big boy

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1619Casala

Definition:

1.Trouble.
2.Problem.

Example:

1. Men! Casala dey oh...means, there is trouble.
2.Which kind casala be this? meaning what kind of problem is this?

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1618Carton

Definition:

Cardboard box of any form

Example:

A beg bring that carton I won pack this television

Empty head. not well informed

Example:

u be carton, u no know anything for dis life.

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1617Carry go

Definition:

1.Go ahead.
2. Help your self.

Example:

Oh boy if you like that shoe make you carry go, I no need am again. Means, you can have that shoe if you like it, I don't wear it anymore.

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1616Carry and go

Definition:

a chant sang to a person caught stealing

Example:

'thief,ole, carry and go!

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1615Carry

Definition:

Word used to define how powerful a generator is in terms powering appliances.

Example:

Mehn, that agberos generator is fake. It no fit carry ordinary small fridge.

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1614Carbon copy

Definition:

Look alike or replica

Example:

you be the exact carbon copy of your mama means you are the exact replica of your mum

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1613Cak

Definition:

to where clothes, usually to dress up for an ocassion or function

Example:

Yusuf dey cak that his blue shirt for my party KIP =a shot slep Example: let me take my kip

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1612Caff

Definition:

short form for cafeteria. Usually the kind found on secondary school and university campuses

Example:

b-thugs, you dey go caff? abeg, bring me maltex and puff puff when you dey come back.

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