Igbo Conversation Hour (ICH) is a group located in Charlotte, North Carolina commissioned for the purpose of teaching, advocating, and disseminating materials that help people learn to speak and write Igbo and learn about Igbo culture. We meet on the second Friday of every month at 7 PM at the International House (1817 Central Ave. Charlotte, NC 28205) Room 202. We also host on JoinMe.

Igbo is a complex and tonal West African language that is most commonly spoken in south east Nigeria. It is a very old language that reveals subtle details of the history and culture of the Igbo people. Anyone that learns Igbo is learning a language spoken by millions around the world and specifically 24 million people in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. All are welcome, come learn and converse with us, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for more updates!

Tentative Curriculum:
1) Alphabet and Introduction
2) Greetings (with Vocabulary)
3) Dialogue (Meeting an Igbo Person Outside of Nigeria)
4) Numbers, Counting, and Age (with Vocabulary)
5) Dialogue (Discussing about Family)
6) Time (Hours, Minutes, Months, Year)
7) Possession: My, Your, Our, Their, Other (with Vocabulary)
8) Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How? Love, Like, Neutral, Dislike, Hate
9) Dialogue (Dinner with a friend’s family)
10) Identification: This, These, That, Those, Counting Position (with Vocabulary)
11) Dialogue
12) Monologue and Dictationstudent_taking_test_t580

Grammar Structures

Vowel Assimilation: when one vowel makes another vowel close to it sound like it

*examples: onye + isi –> onyiisi (boss/ leader), aka + ike –> akiike (dictatorship)

Vowel Elision: a vowel is lost when two vowels are put together as one word

*examples: nwa + oke –> nwoke (male), nwa + anyi –> nwanyi (female)