How is Nigerian Pidgin different from English?
English is the official language and serves prestigious functions as the language of the government, education, media etc in Nigeria. Nigerian Pidgin, on the other hand, is a contact Language that originated in Nigeria as a result of European contact with local languages, mostly through trade transactions.
What does dey mean in Nigeria?
Dey. This is the pidgin form of the verb ‘to be’. For example, ‘You too dey tear head!
How do you say hello in Nigerian pidgin?
Usually pronounced “har fa”. “How far?” is the most common way to say “hello” in Nigerian pidgin….When you are not sure how to greet somebody, it is always appropriate to say “Kóyo ”.
- Mesiere. Mesiere is the Efik/Ibibio way of greeting.
How do you say thank you in Nigerian pidgin?
‘. Dropping the dey and asking someone wétin only is a good way of telling them to back off. Back it up with your best scowl. The good thing about pidgin is that it most of it is easy to get your head around. ”You do well” simply means “Thank you”.
What are the features of Pidgin English?
Characteristics shared by most pidgins:
- Typologically most closely resemble isolating languages.
- Uncomplicated clausal structure (e.g., no embedded clauses, etc.)
- Reduction or elimination of syllable codas.
- Reduction of consonant clusters or breaking them with epenthesis.
- Elimination of aspiration or sound changes.
Is pidgin a bird?
The word pidgin comes from the Chinese pronunciation of the English word, business. Pidgin is a term that has now been extended to any simplified version of language used by two non-fluent speakers in order to communicate. A pigeon is a fat bird that eats seeds and has found a home in many large towns and cities.
What does Na you sabi mean?
English: You are on your own.
What does Omo mean in pidgin?
Omo. Definition: A man or a buddy.
What language is alaye?
Alaye in Yoruba language means explanation. If you tell someone e se alaye fun mi (pronounced e (as in egg) shalaye funmi) you’re saying “explain to me”.
What is I love you in Nigerian language?
‘I love you’ is “a huru m gi n’anya” (in Igbo Izugbe ie Central Igbo) or “a furu m gi n’anya” in the equally popular Anambara dialect. ‘I value you’ on the other hand is not something we say as way of showing love/endearment. A literal translation is “I baara m uru” which is akin to saying you find them useful.
What language gave rise to pidgin?
Though the term business has been accepted as the etymon, pidgin may also have evolved from the Cantonese phrase bei chin ‘pay money’ or from a convergence of both terms. The communication necessitated to effect trade between the English and the Cantonese led to the development of Chinese Pidgin English.
Is taglish a pidgin?
Taglish is neither. Currently, it is pre-pidgin stage. As most Philippine native speakers, most know 2 languages (English and Mother Tongue) minimum and 2 local dialects. Taglish mostly comes from Families having children exposed to both Tagalog and English through mass media and education.