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Yoruba Tongue Twisters

1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters
www.uebersetzung.at/twister/yo.htm © 1996-2015 by Mr.Twister

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1

Opo lopo opolo lo ni opolo lopo lopo.

2

Opolopo Opolo ni ko mo pe opolopo Opolo lopo.

3

Obo n'gb'Obo g'ope, ko f'iru Obo bo Obo l'enu.
T'i ko ba tete gb'obo bo'gbe, Obo yio gbe o bo'gbe.

4

Mo ra dodo n'ido, mo je dodo n'Ido.
Mo wa f'owo dodo p'a mo ni dodo n'idodo n'ido.

5

Bísí bá bàbá bo bàtà.

by Dr. Fehintola Mosadomi, in the Yoruba grammar text book "Yoruba Ye Mi", published by COERLL and the University of Texas at Austin (www.coerll.utexas.edu/yemi)

6

Dàdá tutu bí eye àdàbà.

by Dr. Fehintola Mosadomi, in the Yoruba grammar text book "Yoruba Ye Mi", published by COERLL and the University of Texas at Austin (www.coerll.utexas.edu/yemi)

7

Fêmí ferànan fìlà funfun.

by Dr. Fehintola Mosadomi, in the Yoruba grammar text book "Yoruba Ye Mi", published by COERLL and the University of Texas at Austin (www.coerll.utexas.edu/yemi)

8

Gbénga gé igi gíga.

by Dr. Fehintola Mosadomi, in the Yoruba grammar text book "Yoruba Ye Mi", published by COERLL and the University of Texas at Austin (www.coerll.utexas.edu/yemi)

Rough Translations

  1. up A lot of frogs have plenty of brains.
  2. up Many frogs don't know that most frogs have a brain.
  3. up A monkey carries another monkey up the palm tree, put the monkeys tail in the Monkeys mouth. If you do not quickly carry the Monkey into the forest, the Monkey will carry you into the forest.
  4. up I bought fried plantain in Ido, I ate fried plantain in Ido. I rubbed my oily hands on the navel of the (fried) plantain seller in Ido.
  5. up Bísí helped father take off his shoes.
  6. up Dàdá (name of a boy) is gentle like a dove.
  7. up Fêmí(name of a person) likes white hats.
  8. up Gbénga (name of a boy) cut down the tall tree.

Thanks

Adéfunké Adédèjì, Julie Layzell, Dr. Fehintola Mosadomi

Links

Ethnologue, Languages of the World: Yoruba


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