The Igbo language is one of the richest languages on earth. It has so many phonetic nuances and dialects that make it rather challenging for new learners. It requires diligence and patience. And for what you may lack in these, you can make up with passion. But the language is worth it. Those who were born into the language or who managed to learn it as a second language, and now speak Igbo can attest to this. To learn the language today, you no longer require human assistance, thanks to technology. To help, we looked at five Igbo learning apps you need to know – and use.
Of course, the actual list goes far beyond this number but we have to stop somewhere in order not to overload you with information. And perhaps even our list went beyond this figure.
Using this app, you can select an English phrase and view its translation and how to pronounce it in a foreign language. This app was originally developed as an entry to the 2010 CIO/G6 “Apps for the Army” competition, and it is based on the modules publicly available online from the U.S. Defense Language Institute. While this app’s subject matter relates mainly to military topics, the app is broadly useful with content relating to a range of topics.
Easy to use
Native speaker audio
Pronunciation help: Transliteration/Romanization text
Over 600 phrases
Voice-based lookup (speak the phrase you want in English)
Good for language learning, or as a reference
Free and unlimited
This is part of a series of phrasebook apps published for many different languages and dialects. Phrasebooks in the series are available as “basic” and “medical” variants.
Text may be exported as Anki flashcards
Works offline: No network connection is required
Search bar for quick vocabulary lookup
No login or registration needed
Dark background color minimizes eye strain.
It’s a free-to-learn app from English to Igbo and Igbo to English. You can even learn difficult words and sentences in a few seconds. This app is helpful for tourists and travelers to learn the basics of the foreign language. It is one of the best apps to learn the Igbo language and its deploys one of the easiest ways to learn Igbo alphabets and grammar for beginners. It is also helpful for learning verbs.
It works efficiently in both online and Igbo language learning offline.
This is arguably the best app to learn basic Igbo vocabulary for beginners. You can learn about body parts and food vocabulary quickly. You can easily learn alphabet basics and common phrases pronunciation. There is also a feature that teaches kids Igbo. This section has very simple features. One cherished part of this app is that it also has an audio function where you can listen.
Beginner Igbo is a simple and direct Igbo language learning app meant as an introduction to beginners and enthusiasts.
Based on the ‘a word a day’ concept, this app provides up to 12 words a day of your choosing. All words “learned” are tested repeatedly thereafter, on a basis of decreasing regularity, if answered correctly, as you gain familiarity with the said word. Vice versa, if incorrectly answered, the app will adjust to test you more on the word, or ‘deactivate’ it, while you learn other words meanwhile.
Pace yourself as you go through the almost a thousand common and popular Igbo words available in the app. In just a matter of weeks, you will have essential knowledge of the Igbo vocabulary.
Learn Igbo for Kids
This app is perfect for kids, and some adults, trying to learn the Igbo language or maintain their Igbo knowledge. There are 4 modules: Alphabets, Numbers, Food, and Animals. Each module consists of illustrated Lessons and interactive Activities that make learning Igbo functional.
The Lessons teach users the pronunciation of all 36 Alphabets which are the language building blocks; the pronunciation and spelling of Numbers from 1 – 20; as well as the identification of 50 Animals and Food in a fun unforgettable visual format.
The Activities section does not only reinforce information learned from the Lessons portion. They also help build cognitive and fine motor skills with a gamut of interactive formats such as puzzles, drag/drop, tap, etc. All Activities are explained in Igbo and then translated to English which further enhances the learning experience.
Igbo Language Categories
This app ensures that the Igbo culture and tradition are kept from generation to generation. The app teaches users how to read, write and pronounce the Igbo Language. The app also teaches the exact pronunciation of translated language by relating the translated data to the actual meaning of the English data e.g. “light” can mean illumination and can also mean a not too heavy load.
The app teaches the end-user how to pronounce accurately this type of translation and distinguish one similarly pronounced word from another.
The app also uses English phrase translations to ensure an accurate understanding of the Igbo languages.
Other Igbo learning apps
Virtual Igbo Learning
This app is an animated Igbo learning hub for children of all ages. It consists of fun lesson modules that teach various topics from the basics of the Igbo language to conversational Igbo sentences and beyond.
Lesson topics range from self-introduction to the family, to daily activities, to colors, to body parts, to frequently used words, to much more. Each lesson has the corresponding Speak, Read and Write Activities modules that help ensure kids retain learnings and practice.
Their program is designed so that children everywhere can learn to understand, speak, read, and write in Igbo regardless of their current Igbo knowledge level. There are 3 main levels within the program: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level has animated vibrant modules that both teach in a relatable way.
They also feature an Igborizing hub within the program. It consists of the Igbo building blocks, Christian studies, seasonal lessons, etc.
Igbo Language Category (TalkaSoft)
With this Igbo Learning Language app, you can learn bilingual Igbo learning through English and Igbo learning with lessons organized into four levels including Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Each level will have lessons related to topics such as; Verbs, Clothes, Foods, Hobbies, Bedroom, Winter, City, Furniture, Restaurant, Places, Family, Kitchen, Rooms in the house, Greeting, Preposition, Weather, Days and Months, Daily Routine, In the house, Body Parts, Question Words, Numbers, Shapes, Colors, Jobs, Fruits, Animals, Time, People, Days of the Week, etc.
This app would help learners to grasp a wide range of vocabulary and usage.
In addition, they have a Chatroom, Chatbot support Learning, Learning by News function, introduces online courses related to Igbo Learning language will provide an additional channel for you to learn Igbo Learning language and vocabulary.
Learn Igbo for Kids
This app is perfect for kids, and some adults, trying to learn the Igbo language or maintain a fragile Igbo knowledge. There are 4 modules: Alphabets, Numbers, Food and Animals. Each module consists of illustrated Lessons and interactive Activities that make learning Igbo Functional.
The Lessons teach users the pronunciation of all 36 Alphabets which are the language building blocks; the pronunciation and spelling of Numbers from 1 – 20; as well as the identification of 50 Animals and Food in a fun unforgettable visual format. The Activities section does not only reinforce information learned from the Lessons portion. They also help build cognitive and fine motor skills with a gamut of interactive formats such as puzzles, drag/drop, tap, etc. All Activities are explained in Igbo and then translated into English. This further enhances the learning experience.
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