FSI Languages Courses


Igbo is based on the speech of two members of the Ezinehite group of Igbos in the Central Owerri Province between the towns of Owerri and Umuahia, Eastern Nigeria. The essential phonological and grammatical structure of Igbo is presented within a small vocabulary.

The Igbo Basic Course consists of four parts: tone drills; units 1-24 covering dialogues, notes, and drills; units 25-30 covering dialogues and short narratives; and vocabulary. The dialogues are presented in four columns headed pronunciation, structure, spelling and English.


Student Text


1 2 3 4a 4b 5 6 7 8 9a
9b 10 11 12a 12b 13a 13b 14a 14b 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23a 23b 24
25 26 27 28 29 30

Tone drills

a-c d-g h-s t-w


Basic Igbo/Intermediate Igbo --Linda Sangster, John Chimezie--

Vowels, Tones, and Review 1
Tonal Alterations 2a 2b 3
Vowel Elisions Verbal Tenses, 4a 4b 4c
Verbs and the negative 5a 5b 5c 5d 5e
Verbal suffixes; imperatives; hortatives; greetings 7a 7b 8a 8b 8c 9a 9b
10a 10b 11a 11b


L01 Excerpts from Nza Na Obu (Ibo Story Book) Oral Ibo Stories