Lesson 7: Introducing Yourself in Twi | Some Basic Twi Phrases

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Hello! Now that we know how to greet in Twi, let us proceed to learn how to introduce ourselves using the same dialect of the Akan language.

I am sure this lesson will prove particularly useful to non-Akan speakers who travel to Ghana or find themselves amidst Akan speakers anywhere in the world. From this lesson, you will learn, for instance, how to tell others where you are from, tell others your name, ask if your addressee speaks English, etc. Pronouns are used frequently in this lesson so it will be advisable for anyone who does not know much about Akan pronouns to see this lesson first.

 

Video Lesson

 

Twi English

Me din de Yaw

Wɔfrɛ me Yaw

Yɛfrɛ me Yaw

My name is Yaw

They call me Yaw

I’m called Yaw

Madi mfeɛ aduasa I’m 30 years old
Mefiri Amɛrika I’m from America

Woka borɔfo/potɔ kasa?

Wote borɔfo/potɔ kasa?

Do you speak English

Do you understand English?

Aane Yes
Dabi No

Wo din de sɛn?

Wɔfrɛ wo sɛn?

Yɛfrɛ wo sɛn?

What is your name?

How do they call you?

How do we call you?

Mete Amakom I live at Amakom
Ɛyɛ me anigyeɛ sɛ mehyiaa woɔ I’m glad/pleased to have met you
Yɛhyiaeɛ akyɛ It’s been long since we last met

Wo ho te sɛn?

Ɛte sɛn?

how are you?
Ɛdeɛn na ɛrekɔ so? What’s going on?/What’s up?

Megyedi sɛ biribiara rekɔ yie

Megyedi sɛ biribiara bɔkɔɔ

I believe all is well
Onyankopɔn adom nti By God’s grace
Ɛmma mennye wo mmerɛ nyinaa Let me not take all your time
Adeɛ asa It’s late (evening/night)

Kosɛ

Kafra

sorry
Manhyɛ da It wasn’t intentional
M’ani agye I’m happy
Me werɛ aho I’m sad
Me bo afu I’m angry
Ɛkɔm de me I’m hungry
Mayera I’m lost (geographically)
Me ho mfa me I’m not feeling well (health-wise)
M’ani kum I’m feeling sleepy
(N)sukɔm de me I’m thirsty
Mɛdi nnansa wɔ ha I will be here for three days
W’awofoɔ wɔ fie? Are your parents home?
Ka kyerɛ wo papa sɛ mebaa ha Tell your dad I came by
Meyɛ hɔhoɔ I’m a stranger
Wobɛtumi akyerɛ me kwan a mɛfa so akɔ Kumase? Can you show me how to get to Kumasi

 

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9 Responses
  1. Carrice Akoto-Bamfo

    I really appreciate your lessons!! My husband is Ghanaian and I’m trying to learn the Twi language. Thank you so much!!!!

    Carrice

  2. Monique

    Dear Yaw, im very glad I found a way to learn Akan. I have a friend living in Ghana. We communicate in English but I like to learn Akan for him.

    Best regards, Monique

  3. angel yentumi

    Thank you yaw this helping me speak Twi my mom and dad have been forcing me to learn it so thank you for the lesson.

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