This FSI Igbo Couse is based on the speech of two members of the Ezinehite group of Igbos in Central Owerri Province between the towns of Owerri and Umuahia, Eastern Nigeria. Their speech is representative "Central Igbo".
The essential phonological and grammatical structures of Igbo are presented within a small vocabulary. The omission of many common words is justified on the premise that, once the structure is grasped, vocabulary building can proceed apace. The words presented are however useful, lend themselves to the construction of natural though limited utterances, and exemplify all the phonemes of Igbo in representative environments. There are, if compounds and derivatives are not counted separately, about six hundred vocabulary items.
The course materials consist of four parts:
I. Tone Drills - a set of seventy-five exercises on the recognition of tone distinctions and patterns.
II. Twenty-four units (1-24) containing: a. Dialogues b. Notes c. Drills
III. Six units (25-30) containing: a. Dialogues b. Short Narratives
The dialogues of the thirty units in the Basic Course are presented in four columns headed Pronunciation, Structure, Spelling and English. The Pronunciation column represents, as clearly as possible within the orthographic conventions adopted the speech of the Igbo authors of this course as recorded on the accompanying audios.
Igbo or Igbo proper, is a native language of the Igbo people, an ethnic group primarily located in southeastern Nigeria. There are approximately 20 million speakers that are mostly in Nigeria and are primarily of Igbo descent. Igbo is the language of Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. It is written in the Latin script, which was introduced by British colonialists. There are over 20 Igbo dialects. There is apparently a degree of dialect leveling occurring. A standard literary language was developed in 1972 based on the Owerri (Isuama) and Umuahia (such as Ohuhu) dialects, though it omits the nasalization and aspiration of those varieties. There are related Igboid languages as well that are sometimes considered dialects of Igbo, the most divergent being Ekpeye. Some of these, such as Ika, have separate standard forms. Igbo is also a recognised minority language of Equatorial Guinea.
Igbo is spoken in: Nigeria
Igbo is also called: Ibo