In Igbo language one of the popular greetings is kedụ which means hello or how are you? The normal reply to kedụ would be ọ dị mma meaning fine, thank you.
Many may argue that kedụ ka ọ dị or kedụ ka ịmere is how are you, yes it is also the case but remember that this is a simple Igbo language being taught.
Another popular Igbo greetings is ndewo, many people use it as a good day, welcome, good afternoon or good evening.
The normal reply to ndewo is oga diri gị meaning whatever you wished (whether good day, welcome, good afternoon or good evening) be with you as well.
Although many elder people may reply oga diri gị nwa mụ meaning whatever you wished be with you my child.
Other popular greetings are nno and dalụ which means welcome or my greetings.
Both greetings (nno and dalụ) are normally used when a person lost for words to greet another person with, especially if the person is a stranger.
In some cases, some people use dalụ to say thank you although ịmela is the appropriate word for thank you.
Thus, nno and dalụ can be used to greet a stranger at any point time.
Also kedụ ka ịmere is another greeting meaning how are you doing?
The usual reply to kedụ ka ịmere is ọ di mụ mma or a di mụ mma meaning I am okay or I am all right.
There are many types of Igbo greetings, all you need to do is to learn the best ones you can pronounce properly and use them as your normal greetings.
The following are few ones, although some of them are not greeting:
ka chi fo is used to say good night
ka o di echi is used to say see you tomorrow.
ka omesia is used to say goodbye.
ndo is used to say sorry
mba is used to say no
biko is used to say please
biko biko is used to say please please
ekwele mụ or e ya or yaa is used to say yes.
chere mụ is used to say excuse me or hold on.
ihe oma diri is used to say good luck or best wishes