Talking About Emotions

Talking about Emotions in Yoruba

Objective: To practice speaking and listening skills in Yoruba while discussing emotions and sensations.

1. Divide the participants into pairs or small groups. If you are working individually, you can simulate conversations with the help of a language mentor or a recording.

2. Provide a list of emotion-related questions in Yoruba to initiate conversations.
– Kil’o/ Kini ńṣe ẹ́? (What is the matter with you?/What is affecting you?)
– Kil’o pa ẹ́ l’ẹ̀rín? (What made you laugh?)
– kini o banujẹ? (What made you sad?)

3. Provide a vocabulary list or flashcards with emotion-related phrases and responses in Yoruba. Examples:
– Inú bi mi. / Mo bínú. (I feel angry.)
– Má jẹki inú bí o. Don’t let yourself get angry.
– Ẹ̀rù bà mí. (I feel afraid. )/ Ọ̀rọ̀ yìí bà mí l’ẹ́ru.
– Ojú tì mi. (I feel ashamed.) / Má tijú. (Don’t be shy.)
– Inú mi dùn. (I am happy.)/ xxx mú mi nínú dùn. (xxx made me feel happy.)
– Inú mi bàjẹ́. (I am upset.)/ Má banújẹ́. (Don’t be upset.)
– Ó sú mi. (I am fed up.)
– Ó rẹ̀ mi. (I am tired.)
– Ẹnu yà mi. (I am surprised.)/Mo rí ohun ìyanu lóni. (I saw a wonderful thing today.)
– Ìyàlẹ́nu l’ó jẹ́ fún mi pé… (It was a surprise to me that…)

4. Encourage participants to engage in conversations and use the vocabulary they have learned while discussing the emtions. They can describe and respond to each other’s feelings, talk about reasons, and discuss how emotions change with time.

5. The mentor provides feedback on pronunciation and usage of vocabulary.


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