How to greet in Yoruba language
There are 5 Yoruba states in Nigeria today located in the South-west namely: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti states.
The tradition of the Yoruba speaking people places much emphasis on greetings, especially when it is addressed to elderly people. We bring you different ways to greet elders in Yoruba language
E rora o: means take it easy in Yoruba but for elderly people, it can ne a form of greeting depending on the situation. Use “E rora ma” or “E rora sir” to attribute gender.
E nle o: To greet the elderly people by showing respect based on gender either say “E nle ma” or “E nle sir”.
E ku irole o: means good evening in Yoruba. Should be used between 4 to 7pm. For elders add ma/sir.
E pele o: It means sorry in Yoruba but this particular greeting in Yoruba is widely used to greet elderly people. You can still differentiate it for gender purposes. Say “E pele ma” or “E pele sir”.
E kaasan o: it is the meaning of good afternoon in Yoruba. For male elders, say E kaasan sir while for females E kaasan ma.
E ku ishe o: used usually to greet someone who is busy with something to get their attention. For elders use either “E ku ishe ma” or “E ku ishe sir” to differentiate gender.
E ku ikale o: Used for someone who looks relaxed. In the midst of elders, use either “E ku ikale ma” or “E ku ikale sir”, to differentiate gender.
E kaaro o: means good morning in Yoruba. You can also add “ma” or “sir” when greeting the elderly. E.g E kaaro ma/sir for male and female as the case may be.
E kaale o: means good evening but used at night time when it is dark, after 7pm. For elders say “E kaale ma/sir”.
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