Yoruba Vocabulary

If you're trying to learn Yoruba Vocabulary you will find some useful resources including a course about vocabulary and expressions... to help you with your Yoruba grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Yoruba. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Yoruba Vocabulary

Learning the Yoruba Vocabulary is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Yoruba language. But first we need to know what the role of Vocabulary is in the structure of the grammar in Yoruba.

Yoruba vocabulary is the set of words you should be familiar with. A vocabulary usually grows and evolves with age, and serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge. Here are some examples:

English VocabularyYoruba Vocabulary
colors
blackDudu
greenAlawo ewe
orangeAlawo osan
redAlawo eje
whiteAlawo efun
yellowAlawo oorun
sizes
bigNla
deepJin
longGun or gigun
narrowTinrin
shortKuru or kukuru
smallKekere
tallGa
thickNipon
thinTirin
wideGbooro
straightTooro
tastes
bitterKoro or Kikoro
freshTutu
saltyIyo ja
sourKikan or kan
spicyAlata or otaa
sweetAdun or didun
qualities
badIbaje
cleanMo
darkOkuku or dudu
difficultOle
dirtyIdoti
dryGbigbe
easyIrorun
emptykorofo
expensivewon or owon
fastaawe
foreignajoji
fullekun
goodrere
hardlile
heavywuwo
inexpensiveponkulowo
lightfele
newtitun
noisyariwo
oldarugbo
powerfulalagbara
quietIdake je
correctbeeni
softro
verygan
weakre e
wettutu
wrongbeeko
youngomode or odo
quantities
fewdie
littledie
manyopo or pupo
muchopo or pupo
partara or eya ara
someawon
a fewawon die
wholeodidi

List of Vocabulary in Yoruba

Below is a list of the vocabulary and expressions in Yoruba placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Yoruba vocabulary.

English VocabularyYoruba Vocabulary
numbers
oneOkan
twoEji
threeEta
fourErin
fiveArun
sixEfa
sevenEje
eightEjo
nineEwa
tenMokanla
twelveMejila
thirteenmetala
fourteenmerinla
fifteenMedogun
sixteenMerindinlogun
seventeenMetadinlogun
eighteenMedjidinlogun
nineteenMokandinlogun
twentyOgun
hundredOgorun
Ordinal Numbers
firstEkini
secondEkeji
thirdEketa
fourthEkerin
fifthEkarun
sixthEkefa
seventhEkeje
eighthEkejo
ninthEkesan
tenthEkewa
eleventhOkankola
twelfthEkejila
thirteenthEketala
fourteenthEkerinla
fifteenthEekedogun
sixteenthEkerindinlogun
seventeenthEketadinlogun
eighteenthEkejidinlogun
nineteenthOkandinlogun
twentiethOgun
onceEekan
twiceEmeji
nouns
armApa
backEyin
cheeksEreke or eeke
chestAya
earEti
eyeOju
faceOju
fingerika
fingersOmo ika
footEse
hairIrun
handOwo
headOri
heartOkan
kneeOrikun
legEse
lipEte
mouthEnu
neckOrun
noseImu
shoulderEjika
stomachIku
teethEyin
thighEse
throatOfun
thumbOmo ika
toeOmo ese
tongueAhon
toothEyin
breadBuredi
breakfastOnje aaro
butterBota
candySwiti
chickenEdiye
dinnerOnje ale
fishEja
fruitEso
lambOmo aguntan
lemonOson wewe
lunchOnje osan
mealOnje
meatEran
pepperAta
plantsOhun ogbin
porkEran Elede
saltIyo
soupObe
sugarSuga
supperOnje asale
turkeytolotolo
appleapple
bananaOgede
orangesOsan
peanutEpa
pineappleOsan oyibo
vegetablesEfo
cornagbado
onionsalubosa
peppersata
beansewa
tomatoestomato

Vocabulary and expressions have a very important role in Yoruba. Once you're done with Yoruba Vocabulary, you might want to check the rest of our Yoruba lessons here: Learn Yoruba. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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