Lesson 13: 4 Ways to Tell Your Name in Twi | Common Twi Expressions Series

Last week, in our twelfth lesson under the Common Twi Expressions series, we looked at 4 ways to ask for a person’s name in Twi. If you missed it, you may CLICK HERE to check it out before you take the present lesson.

In all, we had:

  1. Wo din de sɛn?

your name is what?

‘what is your name?’

  1. Yɛfrɛ wo sɛn?

we call you what?

‘what is your name?’

  1. Wɔfrɛ wo sɛn?

they call you what?

‘what is your name?’

  1. Wode sɛn?

you are what?

‘what is your name?’

 

Today, we are following up on that lesson with one on how to tell your name in Twi. So, whether you need to tell your name as a response to someone having asked you for it, or in order to introduce yourself to someone, this lesson is for you.

In the embedded video lesson below, I don’t only give the four ways of telling one’s name as I’ve done in this text lesson; I also juxtapose them with the four name-soliciting questions from last week’s lesson, letting you know how we arrived at the four options listed below.

 

Video Lesson

4 ways to tell your name in Twi

  1. Me din de Yaw

my name is Yaw

‘my name is Yaw’

  1. Yɛfrɛ me Yaw

we call me Yaw

‘my name is Yaw’

  1. Wɔfrɛ me Yaw

they call me Yaw

‘my name is Yaw’

  1. Mede Yaw

I am Yaw

‘my name is Yaw’

 

Notes

  1. The four options above can be used interchangeably. It does not matter the time, place, or to whom you are addressing, it is totally acceptable to use any of the four options above. And, if you are telling your name in response to someone having asked you for it, it does not matter which one of the four name-soliciting questions the person used, you can use any of the four options above to answer.

You would, however, appear polite if you start your response with ‘mepa wo kyɛw (please)’, or the short form ‘mepaakyɛw’. So, you could say:

  • mepa wo kyɛw, me din de Yaw

‘please, my name is Yaw’

  • mepa wo kyɛw, yɛfrɛ me Yaw

‘please, my name is Yaw’

  • mepa wo kyɛw, wɔfrɛ me Yaw

‘please, my name is Yaw’

  • mepa wo kyɛw, mede Yaw

‘please, my name is Yaw’

 

  1. From my personal experiences in Ghana, the most commonly used among the four options above are the first two:
  • Me din de Yaw

‘my name is Yaw’

  • Yɛfrɛ me Yaw

‘my name is Yaw’

Again, this is what I have personally observed, and your experiences may be different from mine. So, be sure to learn all four options so you are better prepared for any communicative situation.

 

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