In the English Language, a word becomes an exclamation when it is followed by an exclamation mark. This is slightly
different in the kalabari language in that there are some words that are used
solely as exclamations. See examples below:
1. okuroo! / okpaịn yo = This is an exclamation made when one is being irritated by another.
2. The letters
can come behind an exclamation to emphasize it or give it a sence of urgency e.g
fịị = ( eat!) :
fi ya ( please eat [ quickly!] )
mẹnjị = ( walk!) : mẹnjị ya ( please walk
3. The word wẹnị can come before the combinations above to
give them further urgency e.g: wẹnị fi ya wẹnị boa
4. The broad letter
e can also come behind a word to emphasize it.
bo = come! boe = please come! O boe = You(plr) should come. This
is said as a SOS call or to summon a group of people.
5. The word din ( with the 'n'
nasalised) can come after a word to express a praiseful appreciation. e.g
farị din = good playing!
sẹkị din = good dancing!
sun din = good singing!
6. yaa yoo : this
is said by someone who is frightened or who is about to drop an item accidentally.
7. yei! : this is said when someone is regretting for an action or for what has befallen another
suei : this is said when one is exhausted or tired.
: this letter can be placed after a negative verb to express caution, warning, strong disapproval
"Mu ma O = (please make sure you) Don't go !
Fị ma O = (please make sure you) Don't eat!