Dictionary Entries explained


The entries in the Ashe-English-Hausa section look like the following examples for a noun and a verb, although not every entry has all of these elements.  Note that Ashe and English words are always in this Andika New Basic font.  Hausa words are in Charis SIL font.


aɛi iɛi (-le) n 1) house gidā — Aɛle e me a she. 2) compound

wur {ewuta} wusha v 1) exit fita 2) go out — A wurke. 3) come from tafi zuwa chan — In wur Inkpĩ. 4) leave


head word – the singular form of the Ashe word, for verbs the bare stem is shown

{infinitive} – of verbs, the way you could say the verb alone

plural – the plural form of the Ashe word, both nouns and verbs can have plural forms in Ashe

(definite suffix) – for nouns which end with i after another vowel, this suffix would replace the i to indicate a specific one (for example, aɛi 'house' becomes aɛle 'the house')

part of speech – n(oun), pro(noun), v(erb), adv(erb), ideo(phone)

1) – If the word has more than one meaning in English, each meaning is numbered.

English – an English word or phrase with close to the same meaning

Hausa – a Hausa word or phrase with close to the same meaning

Example – how the word can be used in a phrase or sentence