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Noun is a part of Speech

NOUN = Nawun
Nawun anee ere te  tomi ke tombo,aniania ama, aniania ye, aniania gboru anga sinari ye.
1. Ogbo ere   [ Generic noun ]
2. Gberiye kien ere [ Singular noun ]
3. Tomai kien ere [ Plural noun ]
4. Ama n'ere na [ Gender ]
5. Kobiri sin ere [ Collective noun ]
1. Generic Noun ( ogbo ere)
Generic word for name is  =  [ere]
Generic word for human(sng) =  [tombo]
Generic word for human(plr) =   [tomi]
Generic word for man =    [owibo]
Generic word for men  =   [owiapu]
Generic word for boy  =   [owibo tubo]
Generic word for boys [owiapu awome]
Generic word for woman =   [ erebo]
Generic word for women =   [ ereme]
Generic word for animals =   [ nama]
Generic word for fish =    [ inji]
Generic word for birds =   [feni]
Generic word for insects insekiti  kw/ sonia buo swa fin nama
Generic word for house =   [wari]
Generic word for seat [legiye]
Generic word for food =   [fiye]
Generic word for occupation / proffession [bara korinama]
Generic word for student [diri dawobo]
Generic word for tutor [ ye tolumabo ]
Generic word for vehicles = [ aru ]
Generic word for water ] = [ minji ]
Generic word for soap =  [ oson ]
more to come...
2. Kalabari Nomenclature ( tomi ere)
Some common names which Kalabari people bear are given below. Masculine names are marked ( m ); feminine ( f )
NB: Generally, any name that ends in  ye  is masculine; the ones that end in  ba  is feminine.
Adaye  m  = daughter's son
Adab f   =  daughter of a daughter
Abiye  m = my petition ( from God)
Akonte m = I have made wealth
Agbani  f
Boma  m,f = blessing, praises
Belema  f  =  love
Belemina  m  =  brotherly love
Biobele  f =  joy, happiness
Boiyaa  f = ( God's blessing ) not hidden
Basoene  m,f = tomorrow comes
Dawari  m = Father's house, God's house
Diepriye m = God's gift
Damiete  m,f = thanks be to God
Daye m = son of a father
Data  f = wife of a father ( affectionate name by a father to his daughter)
Dein  f = peace
Dabomate  m = God has blessed
Daboikiabo m = father's friend
Enene f  =  my day will come
Ibitroko f = good fortune ahead
Ibiba m, f = it will be well
Ibim  m, f = it is well
Ibitein  f = best
Ibifubara m, f = good luck
Ibinabo m, f = coming with good prospect
Ibiye m, f = good
Jenewari m = tomorrow's generation
Jenbarimiema m = a petition that another (unpleasant event) should not occur again.
Kalada m = junior father
Lolo m,f = prosperity
Mpakaboari m = (children) are coming
Obelebra f = His ( God's ) will be done
Omubo m = warrior
3. Singular Noun - Plural Noun
In the Kalabari language, plural nouns are expressed differently from the patterns we have in the English language. Below are some examples:
a. Human nouns that end in   [ bo ]
    Generally, singular human nouns that end in  [ bo ]  have their plural  forms changed to  : [ head word + apu ]. There could be exceptions.
Singular                                                Plural
boy = owibo tubo                                boys = owiapu awome
girl = erebo tubo                                  girls = eremina awome
man = owibo                                         men = owiapu
woman = erebo                                     women = ereme
cheif  = alabo                                        cheifs = alapu
king = amadabo                                   kings = amadapu
father = dabo                                        fathers = dapu
more to come...

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