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You’re welcome to “Ruẹdo languguage”

EDO ALPHABETS

CAPITAL LETTERS

A B D E Ẹ F G I H K L M N O Ọ P R S T U V W Y Z

SMALL LETTERS

a b d e ẹ f g i h k l m n o ọ p r s t u v w y z

               

THE IMPORTANT OF “DOT” IN EDO LANGUAGE

To easily and joyful learn Edo language, there are four letters out of the twenty four alphabets that are very important because of the DOT. They are e, ẹ, o, ọ.

If this four letter are not quickly identified, it can easily change the meaning of your words. If you over sighted and pronounced e instead of ẹ, or o instead of ọ, it can make your statement meaningless and can confuse your listeners. Let us consider how “DOT” can change the meaning of words. E.G.

(1). (Oghọghọ) means happiness. If the dots are removed it will be (Oghogho) meaning yam beetle (and insect)

(2). (Ọghẹdẹ) means plantain. If the dots are omitted, it will be (Oghede) meaning a name of a village in Ekehuan road, Benin city, Edo State Nigeria.

(3). (Ẹzẹ) means river. If the dots are not there, it will be (Eze) meaning a name of a person in Igbo land in Nigeria.

One single dot and where it is placed, can change the meaning of a word. Look at these words carefully and try to see the reason for the differences.

(1). Obọ means hand

(2). Ọbo means a doctor

(3). Ebe means a book

(4). Ẹbo means spiritual medicine

(5). Ẹbọ means juju

(6). Ebo means a white man

                You can now see the important of “DOTS” in Edo language, so when you are writing Edo language, do not forget to dot a letter that need to be doted, otherwise it can change the meaning of your statement. And it can also course misunderstandings.

Look at these statements carefully and found out the reason for the misunderstanding.

(1). (Obọ Ọbo na gbihuen) meaning this doctor’s hands are dirty. But if you forget to dot, it will read (Obo obo na gbihuen) meaning this flower is dirty.

(2). (Ikhiẹn Ọgọ okpa nẹẹ) meaning I sold one bottle for him. But without the dots, it will read (Ikhien ogo okpa nee) meaning I sold one olf farm for him.

(3). (Erhaamwẹn Ọkpọ) meaning your father has a walking stick. But if one of the “dot” are omitted, it will read (Erhaamwẹn Ọkpo) meaning your father has pile.

It’s now very clear that “dots” is very important when reading Edo language. So you should be very careful not to pronounce e for ẹ, or o for ọ or vice versa, so that your reading should be smooth and meaningful.

If you neglect the use of “DOT” you cannot read or write Edo language clearly. So we now want to go to class, from class one to class six, so we wish you happy learning.

 

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