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How to tell Time is discussed below:

THE 5 CIVIL EXPRESSIONS
Please = sisi
Thank you (sing) =  I miete    (plr) O miete
I'm sorry =   inganima
Sorry (what a shame!) =   sindo
Excuse me = sisi 
 
 BASIC DISCUSSIONS IN KALABARI
 1.MARKET PLACE
    "Daba, go and buy me some fish =
       Daba, mu inji fe bo I piri.
 
    "Where is the market?" = Ogumabiri me to anga emi?
 
    "Boma, escort me to the market" =
      Boma, bo I buroma ogumabiri mu.
 
    "Where do they sell fish here in this market?" =
     Mi ogumabiri bu In to anga inji deriari.
 
    "Hawking call ( e.g Buy fish) = Inji ma e, Inji ma e
 
    "Customer, come and buy fish" = Tubonibo, bo inji fee.
 
    "Bring the fish let me see " = Inji me ke bo A diki
 
    "How much is this fish?" = Inji me ndai ndai
 
    "It is N40; bid your price" = Nara mesi, Inye tubo.
 
    "It is too expensive; how about N20?" =
     Ani ye la bakam, si nara laa
 
     "O.K pay the money" = Ibim, igbigi me gbee
 
 
2. COOKING / EATING
   "Go and wash this pot" = Mu mi bele me sikiri
 
   "Adaba, please light the fire" = Adaba, sisi fini me tono.
 
   "Wash some rice and put on the fire" =
    Arusu sikirite ke opo ongono sama.
 
    "Have you put some salt?" = I fun ke swate
 
    "Is the rice cooked?" = Arusu me biate
 
    "It is not yet cooked; it is still boiling" =
      Ma biyaa, ani pa dariari
 
     "The rice is cooked" = Arusu me biate
 
     "Dish some for the children" = kele du awome ma piri
 
     "Dish some for the boy" = kele du tubo be piri
 
     "Dish some for the girl" = kele du tubo ma piri
 
     "Come and eat your food" = Bo I fiye fi
 
     "There is too much salt in the food" =
       Arusu me bio fun bakam
 
      "Are you full?" = I furo binte
 
      "I am not full" = I furo ma binyaa. 
 
more on Hygiene, Sannitation, Fashion,Church, School, etc...
  
TELLING TIME IN KALABARI         
 
Clock [ Time piece ] =  so kien ye
Hour  =  so
Half Past  =  pakiri ( ke  ... burote )
Mid Day [ 12 Noon ]  =  (ene ) ogbo  late
Mid Night [ 00.00 ]  =  (din ) ogbo   late
Minute  =  bala
Quarter Past  =  J'ia bala ke ... burote
Quarter To  =  J'ia bala kom ...
Second   =  kala bala
 
THE FOLLOWING CARDINAL NUMBERS (AS DETERMINERS)ARE IMPORTANT:
one, 1 = gboru    two, 2 = ma        three,3 = tra                     four, 4 = inia
five, 5 = sonoa    six, 6 = sonia    seven,7 = sonoma          eight, 8 = nin'a
nine, 9 = esenia   ten, 10 = oyia   eleven, 11 = oyi gboru   twelve, 12 = oyi ma
thirteen,13 = oyi tra    fourteen,14 = oyi inia   fifteen, 15 = oyi sonoa
sixteen, 16 = ini fa sia     seventeen, 17 = trei fa sia     eighteen, 18 = mai fa sia
nineteen, 19 = gberiye fa sia     twenty, 20 = sia      twenty one, 21 = si gboru
twenty two, 22 = si ma       twenty three, 23 = si tra    twenty four, 24 = si inia
tewnty five, 25 = si sonoa     twenty six, 26 = ini fa sueia       twenty seven, 27 = trei fa sueia     
twenty eight, 28 = mai fa sueia    twenty nine, 29 = gberiye fa suieia
 
 
ASKING AND TELLING TIME
To ask time in Kalabari say:
         saki tiye late                i.e  what time is it?     or
         so kien ye tiye late     i.e what is the time ( piece) reading?
 
Let us use some examples -
        it is ten after nine = oyia bala ke eseni so burote
        it is twenty to seven = sia bala kom sonoma so
        it is mid day  =  ene ogbo late
        it is a quarter to four = ji'a bala kom inia so
        it is seventeen past three = tra bala fa si kom tra so
        it is twenty one to eleven O'clock = si gboru bala kom oyi gboru so   
        it is half past six = pakiri  ke sonia so burote
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