Examples of Nigerian English

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There are many language, like er …Yoroba, Igbo, er Hausa, many, many.

//dɛa ˈmeni laŋwɪdʒ/laik əː jɒroˈbaː/ˈiːbo/əː/aunsaː/ˈmeni ˈmeni//

 


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But there are some people they don’t speak English. They don’t understand English. Like my own mother. She don’t er … understand English. She don’t speak English.

//bət dɛra sɔm ˈpiːpɔl deː doːn əː spiːk ˈɪŋglɪʃ/deː doːnt ɔnəˈstan ˈɪŋlɪʃ/laik mai oːn ˈmɔda/ʃi doːn ɔnəˈstan ˈɪŋlɪʃ/ ʃi doːnt spiːk ˈɪŋlɪʃ//

 


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I spoke English with those who does not understand Edo. If you are understand it Edo, you speak Edo, I speak Edo with you. But if you do not understand Edo, I speak English with you.

/ai spoːk ˈɪŋlɪʃ wɪt doːz hu dɔz nɔt ɔnəˈstan eˈdoː /ɪf ju aː ɔnəˈstan ɪt eˈdoː/ju spiːk eˈdoː/ai spiːk eˈdoː wit ju//bɔt ɪf ju doː nɔt ɔnəˈstan eˈdoː/ai spiːk ˈɪŋlɪʃ wɪt juː//

 


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President is for government but Oba is for we Edos.

(The Oba is the head of the Edo ethnic group –Edo is also the name of their language. Oba means king or prince)

//ˈprezident ɪz fɔː ˈgɔvment bɔt ˈoːba ɪz fɔ wi eˈdoːz//

 


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Those people that don’t have enough money, we go to the market because market is more cheaper than supermarket.

//doːz ˈpiːpɔl dat doːn hav ɪˈnɔf ˈmɔni/wi goː tu də ˈmaːkɪt bɪˈkɔz ˈmaːkɪt ɪz mɔː ˈtʃiːpa dan ˌsuːpaˈmaːkɪt//

 


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But market, you can go to market and how much? If this this is one ara, please, can I pay five koba?

(Here our speaker is explaining that in the supermarkets prices are fixed. In the market you can negotiate the price, that is barter)

//bɔt ˈmaːkɪt/ju kan goː tu ˈmaːkɪt an hau mɔʃ/ɪf dɪs ɪz wɔn ˈara/pliːz/kan ai peː faiv ˈkoːba//

 


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My country, there is a differen(ce) between doctor and nurse.

//mai ˈkɔntri/dɛəz a ˈdɪfren bɪtˈwiːn ˈdɔtɔ an nɔs//

 


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I think about two months ago.

//i tɪŋk aˈbaut tuː mɔns aˈgoː//

 


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