you gonna have to check this page out, I can only hope these folks asked for your permission before literally using their video to sell their product knowing fully well that you didn’t learn your yoruba using their software.
Wow, i was between tears and laughter and pride. You have started a renaissance, little do you know. Your yoruba is excellent give or take the accent. Which would come after another six months. Keep up the good work up. Please publish your blog address, i would like to follow your progress. Your video blog is going to be an inspiration for my abroad born children currently in the UK. You are awesome and i hope your parents are very very very proud of you. Olorun a run e lowo o !
Unusually inspiring! Dumbfounded! Your body of work lends itself to an uncommon philosophy, second-to-none worldview, exemplary work ethic and great childlike curiosity. Fascination, a step beyond interest is what I feel about the kind of person you are. Godspeed!
Wow, what can I say. I’m speechless. Isn’t it just amazing that someone from Winscosin has taken the time, made the effort and devoted herself to learning Yoruba – I guess the added fascination is the fact that you are Caucasian.
I must thank you so much for helping us (ie us Yoruba speakers) to see even more starkly the quick erosion of the language from mainstream Nigerian culture. I am very hopeful that this will go some way (sincerely pray that it does go a really really long way)in helping us value and preserve our heritage vigorously – wish I could write as fluently in Yoruba.
You are truly an inspiration. I pray you achieve every success you crave for. Nice one
Your name is the prayer I have for all Nigerians who don’t see the importance in speaking their mother tongue. I hope everyone “soji” as in opens their eyes to the detriment not speaking a language can have to a society. Unintentionally, I think I am playing a minor role in planting the seed of inspiration. Thank you so much for your kinds words.
Well, well, well!! Who would have thought that one’s name would have any bearing on ‘national’ development. Thank you again for seeing what a lot do not appear to see or for taking steps others are either too lazy to take or just can’t be bothered.
I got sent the link by a friend. (We all schooled in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s and are spread all around the world now). Every one of them (that) I have spoken to about your video has been truly inspired and to a very large extent have come away with mixed emotions – inspiration and in some cases, shame that an American actually speaks ‘better’ Yoruba than most people they hang around with. In any case, the common thread is that everyone thinks you are awesome.
You and your colleagues and friends are indeed playing a ‘minor’ role in planting this seed of inspiration. Believe me when I say, it will turn into a major role very shortly – the power of the web??? Keep up the good work. I am more than certain that by the time you leave Ibadan, your accent will be near ‘perfect’.
I pray that you achieve your goals and objectives now and in the future. Once again really really nice!!!
O girl u try no be small. Even if i no fit speak am well, everything u wey u talk coreect faa faa! Try well o! MAke u no forget to learn pidgin well too bcos u go visit other states in naija. Big ups! Oyibo pepper!
Titi and all of u guys,whao.titi in particular,i am ashamed of myself because my yoruba isn’t even as good as yours, i am soooo proud of u and also very motivated.pls keep up this gr8ness.my email,email@example.com.You all should feel free to keep in touch.Very proud of you dear.
This is super-impressive! And I agree with you a 100%. We Nigerians are soon loosing our rich language. And I’m afraid the next generation will be even worse. Too many parents are proudly but ignorantly bringing up their kids speaking only English at home.
I live in the US but I do my best to speak Yoruba to my 2yr old, but obviously not with enough efforts. You video is another good reminder not to relent.
Thank you, my name sake. You’re simply AMAZING!! O ku ise rere na. Mo kan sara si e.
I am so glad to hear you try to speak your language to your baby. E ko ni kabamo ise yen oo! If my videos do anything besides impress people, I truly hope they inspire Nigerians to be proud of their native languages and make sure they don’t die. E ti je ki ori mi wu jojo gan! E se lopolopo.
Cara Ooooppsss! Titilayo,
I have never been so proud of being a born, bread and buttered yoruba boy all my life judging from the impressive way you spoke yet i have never been so ashamed at the same time considering the fact that i understand and speak English better than my mother tongue. Its so bad that i even have an English name under the pretence of baptismal name (Tony). How quickly we can loose yoruba values cos girl I doubt if i can speak yoruba the way you just did.
I would so love to connect with you cos you just woke me up, how long would you be in naija or Nigeria and if you would be returning to the states then it would really be a honour to meet you Titilayo. My mum is ibo and my dad is yoruba yet i struggle to even speak either language well. i hope i would not have to come study my mother/father tongue abroad. I am so proud of you and God bless the womb that bore you. keep it real
You’re doing a good job learning Yoruba. Your vocabulary is pretty rich and you are fluent. You’re accent??? well you sound as different from us as I would speaking English in the US so it’s o.k. I guess. You’re wrong about speaking the Yoruba only professors speak. If you get to go to Yoruba villages and speak to the elderly or those without any formal education you will still hear the deeper version of Yoruba. I bet you my granny can teach you and your professors a thing or two.
I do wonder though,why you are learning Yoruba at all. I haven’t been reading your blogs in case you had mentioned it before. I just saw a link to your video today. Anyway, enjoy your stay in Nigeria
I really must commend you. You have done so well. I’m inspired. Great job girl!!! Even my own Yoruba is not that good and I’ve been speaking it all my life, I speak Lagos Yoruba because that’s where I grew up. I’m motivated to continue teaching my kids no matter how hard it is as they all seem so uninterested.
I came across your video on facebook and to say that I am impressed is an understatement. I am pretty fluent in reading and writing my language (Canada has taken a little tow on my fluency) but to see an American speak the “Ijinle” Yoruba, leaves me in awe!
Keep up the good work. I should be in Lagos in a few weeks and I hope you are having a fabulous time and awon mosquitoes (please translate) yen o je e pupo….lol
Wow, I love your video. This is my first time watching any of your videos and I must say that I am very impressed. I grew in Lagos but moved to the US years ago. I have lost the ability to speak yoruba fluently but your video has inspired me to make sure I speak yoruba constantly and learn more yoruba words. Keep up the great work.
Cara came across your videos on youtube and just wanted to say that you are so inspirational! Keep up the incredible work, your experience in Nigeria especially with learning Yoruba has inspired me to learn. Perhaps you could teach classes or start a business teaching Yoruba? I’d be your first student lol!
I first heard about the Yoruba program at UW Madison from a facebook video posted by a friend, and since then I’v been seriously stunned and madly in love with what you guys are doing.
You guys awe me, seeing an american that loves my language like this….
I’ve heard this impression of americans not being friendly or interested in anything that has to do with foreigners/africans. By the way, I’m presently a Masters student of Engineering at University of Cincinnati (came in from Nigeria last fall), and I sometimes feel like a lone guy in “No man’s land”.
I might just be wrong, because you are proving otherwise. Plus, I dig your ‘original’ yoruba, and Ibadan is my Hometown where I grew up…
Please, keep it up. I’d probably come to UW Madison someday and get to meet you guys personally.
Great video! You are very right – unfortunately a lot of us younger yoruba folk cannot speak yoruba without spicing it up with A LOT of english words. I think its actually not so bad in Ibadan compared to those of us who grew up in Lagos. A number of the words you use are either words I’ve never heard before or words which i may know but would rather substitute with english words in a sentence. I guess its easier that way. There are some activities that I cannot do comfortably in yoruba, for example praying. My parents obviously can speak pure yoruba and even a dialect of yoruba but they still speak that yoru-english mix with us so that doesn’t help.
But anyways, great job. And, yes, your yoruba accent and/or intonation has improved a lot! Best wishes.
Wow! Titi/Cara, this is absolutely remarkable. I watched your videos back in november where you were explaining in yoruba how your trip was being delayed, and the obstacles you were facing. and watching this video now, i just want to give you a big hug and a thumbs up through my computer screen. lol. You have improved your fluency immensely, and i am proud of you, i have yoruba friends who cannot speak as much as you do. your use of deep (Ijinle) yoruba words captivates my attention, i cannot remember the last time i heard the word “amulumala” (tonation – do-mi-do-mi-do) or “lerefe” (mi-do-mi). I had a strict yoruba teacher while i was in high school in nigeria, and i learnt good yoruba by force..i was one of the lucky ones to go to a highly expensive private school, but my yoruba teacher is one woman i will never forget, a perfectionist and disciplinarian. I realised you haven’t found a perfect yoruba word for film/video/blog, hoow about you make that an assignment? Ask one of your professors. I have cracked my head to help you out, but I honestly cant think of the perfect word. the best i could think of is aworan-olohun (do-do-mi-re-mi-do). but please let me know if you do find an answer. Once again, i will be waiting to connect with you on facebook. Oh and my full name is Olamide, but i go by Ola in the US, its much more easy for people to pronounce. All the best!
Titilayo, aburo mi owon, inu mi dun wipe o yan ede yoruba ati orilede Nigeria lati ko eko yii. Awokose leleyi fun gbogbo awo alawo funfun wipe, ko je pataki nikan fun awa alawo dudu lati ko ede geesi, sugbon o se koko fun awon na lati ko ede adulawo. eleyi a ran kara kata wa lowo ati wipe, ijinle ife awa laarin ara nitoripe ede wa ye rawa.
Mo ki e ku ise takun takun, mo gba ladura wipe ki o ri ere nibe. Mo tun gbe osu iba fun awon ebi re pelu nitoripe won ko di e lowo rara.
Mofe ki ogbadun asiko re ni Nigeria ki o si pada de ile laayo ati alafia.
That was such a cute video. Good job with learning how to speak Yoruba. I agree with your points. We won’t say “ferese” but “window.” We do mix the language and that is what everyone is used too.
If you have some free time, I would recommended some movies by mainframe productions (e.g. Oleku). In these movies, the actors only speak “pure” yoruba. You’ll like them.
Ku ise o.
The ending of the video is so cute!