Top Must-Know Twi Phrases for Buying and Selling

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The present lesson covers some essential Twi expressions used in a typical buying and selling situation. If you find yourself at the market, a supermarket, a grocery store, or any place of commerce, the Twi phrases given in this lesson will prove useful.

The lesson is divided into four parts:

  • Part 1: Buying
  • Part 2: Selling
  • Part 3: Pricing
  • Part 4: Payment


Video Lesson


Part One: Buying

  1. tɔ 

buy (verb)

  1. adetɔ

buying (noun: the act of buying)

  1. woretɔ deɛn?

what are you buying?

  1. meretɔ…

I’m buying…

  1. meretɔ esam

I’m buying flour

  1. meretɔ asikyire

I’m buying sugar

  1. meretɔ nkyene

I’m buying salt

  1. wopɛ deɛn?

what do you want?

  1. mepɛ…

I want…

  1. mepɛ mako

I want pepper

  1. mepɛ gyeene

I want onion(s)

  1. wowɔ nkosua?

do you have eggs?

  1. wowɔ aborɔbɛ?

do you have pineapple?

  1. aane, mewɔ bi

yes, I have some

  1. aane, yɛwɔ bi

yes, we have some

  1. aane, ebi wɔ hɔ

yes, there is/are some available

  1. dabi, menni bi

no, I don’t have some

  1. dabi, yɛnni bi

no, we don’t have some

  1. dabi, ebi nni hɔ

no, there isn’t/aren’t some available


Part Two: Selling

  1. tɔn

sell (verb)

  1. adetɔn

selling (noun: the act of buying)

  1. metɔn ntoma

I sell clothes

  1. metɔn nkonnwa

I sell chairs

  1. metɔn kyiniiɛ

I sell umbrella(s)

  1. wotɔn mpaboa?

do you sell shoes (footwear)?

  1. wotɔn kwadu?

do you sell bananas?

  1. tɔ na tɔn

buy and sell


Part Three: Pricing

  1. ɛboɔ; boɔ

price (noun)

  1. bɔ boɔ

name a price

  1. atufoɔ boɔ

retailers’ price (cheap price)

  1. ɛyɛ sɛn?

how much (is it)?

  1. ne boɔ yɛ sɛn?

how much (is it’s price)?

  1. mpaboa no boɔ yɛ sɛn?

how much is the price of the shoe?

  1. ne boɔ yɛ den

it’s expensive

  1. ne boɔ yɛ den pa ara

it is very expensive

  1. ne boɔ yɛ den dodo

it is too expensive

  1. te so

reduce it (the price)

  1. te boɔ no so

reduce the price

  1. ne boɔ yɛ den. mepa wo kyɛw te so

it is expensive. please reduce it (the price)

  1. fo


  1. ɛyɛ fo

it is cheap

  1. ɛyɛ fo oo!

it’s super cheap!

  1. aduane no yɛ fo oo!

the food is super cheap!


Part Four: Payment

  1. tua

pay (verb)

  1. tua ka

pay for it (pay the debt)

  1. tua ma me

pay for me

  1. mɛtua

I will pay

  1. mentua

I won’t pay

  1. mentumi ntua

I cannot pay

  1. mɛtumi abɛtua (ɔ)kyena?

can I come and pay tomorrow?

  1. firi

take/give on credit

  1. fa firi me

give it to me on credit


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