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Conversational Tiv 2
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Meetimg People
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Iti you er ana?
Iti yam er Terngu
M ngu wan u Nomishan
Ka we zan Terdoo ne?
Ei, ka mo Iorwuese
U lamen zwa Tiv kpa?
U fa zwa Tiv kpa?
• M fa zwa Tiv dedo ga
• En, m lamen chuku chuku
• Iti i ngôm er Awashima
Whay is your name?
My name is Terngu
I am the son of Nomishan
Are you Terdoo?
No, I am Iorwuese
Do you speak Tiv?
Do you know (how to speak)
Tiv?
I don't know Tiv very well
(I don't know much Tiv)
Yes, I speak a little
The name of my mom is Awashima
Vocabulary II
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ga = not
fa = know
lam = speak
liam = speech
za = go
doo = good
dedo = well
fefa = quick, fast
yem = go
orkwav = contemporary
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ikar, huror = friend
ishior = lover
faityo = able, can
tsegher = only, merely
pine = ask
inyaregh = money
inyarev = farm flies
• ngu = is
• na = give
Sentence Buil-up
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Terdoo, U ngu nena?
Iti yam er Terdoo
Mba yer un er Terdoo
a venda
a due
Iti na er Sesugh ga
• Ka Ngunan la ga
• Ka Ngizan ne ga
Terdoo, how are you?
My name is Terdoo
They call her Terdoo
he/she refused
he/she went out
His name is not
Sesugh
That is not Ngunan
This is not Ngizan
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Or Tiv
Kwase Tiv
Or America
Or Canada
Lamen (zwa) Tiv ga
• Lamen (zwa) Tiv dedo
M fa zwa Tiv
• M fa zwa Hausa kpaa
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A Tiv man
A Tiv woman
An American
A Canadian
He/she does not
speak Tiv
He/she speaks Tiv well
I (know) can speak Tiv
I can also speak Hausa
• Se mba ior mba shin
Atlanta
• M ngu shin Kalamazoo
• M za ke/sha/shin ya
• M soo u pinen we kwagh
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Ka nyi kwagh(a)?
Ngôu ana?
Ngôm Mernan
Terem Nomishan
We are (people) from
Atlanta
I live in Kalamazoo
I went home
I want to ask you
something
What is it?
Who is your mother?
My mother is Mernan
My father is Nomishan
• Ijen korou we?
• U ya nyi?
• Ne ya nyi?
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Me ya pizza
Se ya chinkafa
M soo inyam ga
Yadoo soo inyam ikegh
Kaa atsaka
Are you hungry?
What did (would) you
eat?
What would you eat?
(plural)
I will eat pizza
We will eat rice
I don't want meat
Yadoo likes chiken
Fry potatoes
(Make some French
fries)
• Bugh = open
• wuhe = close
• de = stop
inyon = bird
• iti = name
• kwase = woman
• inuun kwase = young
woman
• ngô kwase = "old"
elderly woman
• ngô = mother, female
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nom = male, husband
nomso or = man
wanye = child
wanye (wan) kwase =
girl
wanye nomso = boy
soo = like, love
wuhe kor = it feels cold
i ndohol = it is cold
ter = father
tile = wait
Shopping
• Ka nyi u soo u yamen?
• M soo u yamen takeda
• Ishe na ka nena?
• Va a naira utar
• Me na naira mom
• Me nau naira mom man
kobo pue.
Whay do you want to
buy?
I want to buy a book
How much is it? (The
price is how much?)
Bring three naira
I'll pay (give) one naira
I'll pay you one naira
and ten kobo.
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Kuma ga
Shi seer naira môm
U teen utsuwa kpa?
M teen
Nam u har
• Kohol cii ka naira pue
• Mimi, nam inyaregh
It's not enough
Add one more naira
Do you sell pots?
I do sell (them)
Give me two (of
them)
The total is ten naira
Mimi, give me money
Vocabulary III
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pencil = pensel
pen = pen
môm = one
har = two
tar = three
nyiin = four
taan = five
teratar = six
taan kar u har = seven
anieni = eight
taan kar u nyiin = nine
pue = ten
pue kar môm = eleven
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pue kar u har = twelve
pue kar u tar = thriteen
pue kar u nyiin = fourteen
ikundu = twenty
ikundu kar môm = twentyone
ikundu gber = thirty
akundu a har = forty
akundu a har gber = fifty
akundu a tar = sixty
Akundu a tar gber = seventy
What is eighty? Ninety?
Deri môm = one hundred
• akundu a nyiin = eighty
• deri (akundu a taan) = onehundred
• dubu (akundu pue) = one
thousand
• dubu deri = one hundred
thousand
• dubu dubu = one million
• kar = past, pass
• nam = give me
• ngohol = get (take) it
• Ka u me? = how many?
• Mba u me? = How many are
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they?
Sentence Build-up
Ka nyi nee? = What is this?
Ngun ka ikônough = This is a
chair
Ngura ka nyi? = That is that?
Ngura ka tebul = That is a table
Ngun ka ayaba = This is a
banana
Mba ye? = Is it edible? (Do they
eat it?)
Receiving a Phone Call
• Helo, helo. Ka an ne?Hello, hello. Who is this?
• M soo u yôôso a Mr. Ami
I want to speak with Mr. Ami (Can I
speak to Mr. Ami?)
• Ka ya u Ndur ne ne ga?
Is this the house of Ndur?
• En, Ka an u yere?
Yes, who are you calling?
• Ka we terfa?
Are you Terfa?
• En, Ka mo
Yes, I am
• Mama wou ngu kpa?
Is your mother there?
• Tile, me yila un
Wait, I'll call her
• Tereu (papa wou)
Is your father there?
• ngu her kpa?
• A za kasua
He has gone to the market (shop)
• Ngu her. De m yila un
He is there. Let me call him.
• Shie ngu nena?
What time is it?
• Ka ahwa a tar
It's three o'clock
• Shie kuma u za yaven
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Yem za yav
Yem za ôô iyol
Kile zwa dedo
Kile anyi a yem
nder
yav
Ngutor ngu yaven
Sesugh ngu a nder ga
Terngu ngu eren tom
Yem za er (homwek)
tom u makeranta
I ver kwaghyan
M ver mngerem
It is time to go sleep (It is time to go to
bed)
Go and sleep
Go take a bath
Brush your teeth well
Brush your teeth clean
wake up
sleep
Ngutor is sleeping
Sesugh is not yet awake
Terngu is working
Go do homework
Food is served
I served water
• Ka nyi kwaghyana?
• Kwaghyan bee
• M er kwaghyan ga
• M vor a kwaghyan u eren
• Se yem hwatev
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Yila pizza
Nam mngerem ma man
Mngerem ma ndôhol
M soo u suwan
Isho ngi van mo
M soo u nyian
What's for food (dinner)?
The food is finished
(i.e. all eaten up)
I did not prepare any food
I am tired of cooking
We (need to) go to the
restaurant
Call for pizza
Give me drinking water
Cold water
I feel like vomiting
I feel like vomiting
I want to excrete (go to the
bathroom)
(I want to poop)
Vocabulary IV
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ya = eat
ma = drink
tsee = hot
uma = dry
oso = crunchy
iuwe = kwaghyan = food
iber = poridge
ruam = pudding
akamu = corn cereal
ya = home
iyough = house
nenge = see, look
kenger = look, observe, watch
zuwa (zua) = meet
ihinga = nose
alôm = rabbit
• ishu = fish, fishes
• keng keng, kpee = must,
definately
• faityô = can, able
• hana? = where?
• heen = here
• heera, keera = there
• huror = friend
• aikighe (aikie) = evening
• pepe = morning
• pepe pepe = dawn, early in the
morning
• tugh tugh =early in the morning
• tetan = afternoon
• Ahenga = noses
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nomiyange = noon
sha use = at dawn
hegen = now
hen = think
jiir = place, cook
pughul = to boil
turugh = steam
• gbenda = road
• inya = earth, soil
SENTENCE BUILD-UP
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Ka an u kerene?
Ka kwase u an la?
Ka hanma kwase la?
Wondo ne doom ga
Ka u dedo
U faityôu tôôn un
Ka u wou
Ka u wam
Kera ka u wam ga
Ngura ka u ana?
Ngura ka u na
Who are you looking for?
Whose wife (woman) is that?
Which woman is that?
I don't like this (these) pants
It's a good one
You can take it
It is yours
It is mine
It is no longer mine
Whose is that?
That is his/hers
PLACES AND THINGS
• Tema shin tso
Sit in the boat
• Mato ne yevese gande This car (truck, van) is speeding
(is running too much)
• M fa mato u nahan ga I don't know how to drive
• Bugh hunda
Open the door
Bugh iyough
Open the door (Lit.: open the
house)
• Nyôr ker
Enter (in)
• Tema inya
Sit down
• Tile sha
Stand up
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Iyange ngi a due ga
Iyange mire
uwer due
Uwer ta
Uwer u Julai
A yem sha wo
Wo tav kpishi
Hakeem tav kar Sada
Unde igungu
Hungwa sha
Iyange i dugh sha
itiough ki tar
• Iyange mire shin
ityô tar
The sun is not yet up
It is dusk (the sun has gone down)
The moon is out
The moon shines
The month of July
He/she went to the mountain
The mountain is tall
Hakeem is taller than Sada
Climb the hill
Climb down (Get off of it)
The sun rises from the east
The sun has set in the west

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