How to Create Questions in Yoruba
Questions are the bread and butter of any language, they help you to get to know other people better and to develop friendships, to learn about new things and to ask why things are the way they are.
In today’s lesson you will learn how to create sentences in Yoruba.
Most questions in English start with
what, where, when, how, why or who, and the same goes for Yoruba. The translations for theses words can be found in the table below.
Questions in Yoruba
English Yoruba What Kí ni Where Níbo When Nígbà wo How Báwo Why Kí ló dé Who Ta ni How to create sentences in Yoruba
NB: Sometimes in Yoruba the word ni can change if it is followed by a word beginning with
o to l’o or ló. Therefore, Kí ni is sometimes expressed as ki l’o (if kí ni is followed by a word beginning with o).
For example Kí ni orúkọ rẹ? (What is your name?) Kí l’orúkọ rẹ? (What is your name?)
Yoruba English Kí ni yẹn? What is that? Kí ni o fẹ́? What do you want? Kí ni ó mu? What did he drink? Kí ni o mú? What did you take? Kí ni wọ́n ń kà? What are they reading? Kí ni a fẹ́ jẹ? What would we like to eat? Kí ni ó wí What does he say? Questions starting with ‘Kí ni’ in Yoruba
Yoruba English Níbo ni ó wà? Where is he (located) ? Níbo ni tábìlì wà? Where is the table (located) ? Níbo ni àga wà? Where is the table (located) ? Níbo ni pẹ́ńsùlù rẹ wà? Where is your pencil (located) ? Níbo lò ń gbé? Where do you live? Níbo lo ti ń ṣiṣẹ́? Where are you working? Questions starting with ‘Nibo’ in Yoruba
Yoruba English Nígbà wo ni wà á lọ sí ilé? When are you going home? Nígbà wo ni wà á lọ sí ilé-ìwé? When are you going to school? Nígbà wo ni o máa jó? When will you dance? Nígbà wo ni o máa ń jẹ? When do you normally eat Nígbà wo ni ọjọ́-ìbíì rẹ? When is your birthday? Nígbà wo ni àwọn ènìyàn máa ń wọ bàtà? When are those people going to wear their shoes? Questions in Yoruba beginning with ‘nígbà wo’
Yoruba English Báwo ni? How are you? Báwo ni àwọn olùkọ́? How are your teachers? Báwo ni àwọn obìnrin Yorùbá? How are Yoruba Women? Báwo ni ènìyàn ṣe lè di dókítà? How can one become a doctor? Báwo ni o ṣe máa dé ilé-ìwé? How will you get to school? Báwo ni o ṣe máa dé oko? How will you get to the farm? Questions in Yoruba beginning with ‘Bàwo ni’
Why in Yoruba
Kí ló dé
Yoruba English Kí ló dé tí ò ń sunkún? Why are you crying? Kí ló dé tí ò ń jó? Why are you dancing? Kí ló dé tí o fi fẹ́ràn rẹ̀? Why do you like him? Kí ló dé tí o fi kórìíra rẹ̀? Why do you hate him? Kí ló dé tí o fi sọ bẹ́ẹ̀? Why do you say so? Question in Yoruba beginning with ‘Kí ló dé’
Yoruba English Ta ni yẹn? Who is that? Ta ni Kóyè? Who is Koye? Ta ni ọ̀rẹ́ẹ̀ rẹ? Who is your friend? Ta ni Bàbá Adé? Who is Ade’s father? Ta ló sofún ọ? Who told you? Ta ló nà ẹ́? Who beat you? Ta ló n fún ni ní káàdi? Who is giving this card? Questions in Yoruba beginning with ‘Ta ni’
Now you have learnt the words, what, where, when, how, why and who in Yoruba to help you create many questions in Yoruba.