Twi: A Beginner’s Guide!

When I started learning twi, I found it very difficult to find clear vocab lists and pronunciation tips on the internet; therefore, now that I have progressed a little further in the language, I thought I’d write a guide to help others.

This guide has been written with thanks to Alex Boakye Antwi and Joseph Edward Addae.

Twi: A Beginners Guide

These are 40 phrases that I have found incredibly useful during my time in Ghana. If you are able to translate and speak all of these phrases and words, then you have officially passed the first stage of the course!

Twi Pronunciation Advice  English
Ete sen? Etty sen? How are you?
Ey3 paa Ay ye paa. I am fine.
Wo ho te sen? Wo ho te sen? How are you?
Me ho y3 Me hoy ye. I am well.
Nyame adom Nya may adom. By the grace of God (they say this a lot!)
Na wonso 33? Na won sua? And what about you?
Wo din de sen? Wo din dee sen? What is your name?
Me din de Cat Me din dee Cat. My name is Cat.
Wofi (ri) he? Wo fri he? Where do you come from?
Mefi (ri) England Mefri England. I come from England.
Akwaaba As written Welcome
Medaase Me daa say! Thank you!
Da yie Da yeeay! Good night!
Nante yie Nan tee yee aay! Safe journey!
Mem a wo akye Maa chi! Good morning!
Mem a wo aha Maa haa! Good afternoon!
Mem a wo adwo Maa jo! Good evening!
Mani agye Manee adjay. I am happy.
Wani agye? Wanee adjay? Are you happy?
Me sua twi kakra kakra Me sueah twi kakra kakra. I am learning twi little by little.
Wote Twi paa Wo tay twi paa! You speak twi very well.
Mereko laibri Me re ko libree. I am going to the library.
Okyena Otchina Tomorrow (can be used as “see you tomorrow!”
Y3behyia bio Ye bishia beo! We’ll meet again!
Aden? Aden? Why?
M’ani gye ho Mani je ho. I’m interested in it/ I like it.
Mani nnye ho Mani ny ho. I’m not interested in it/ I don’t like it.
Me didi Me deedee I am eating.
Me nom Me nom I am drinking.
M’adamfo Me dam foe Friend
Nsuo Un sue oh Water
Kwadu Kwadu Banana
Paanoo Paanoo Bread
Bra Brah Come
Ko Ko Go
Y3nko Yanko Let’s go!
Tw3n me Charn me Wait for me!
Daabi Darbee No
Aane Ahnay Yes
Eebia Eee bee ah Maybe

Basic pronouncation points:

3 –  e (as with French accent)

o – o (sharp o)

e – eee

ky – ch

gy – j

hy – sh

dw – j (slightly different sound, see video when uploaded)

Here are ‘Prof’ Edward and ‘Thunderboy’ Alex, from Abofour in the Ashanti region, helping out with the pronunciation! (I will ask Alex to smile in the next version.. he was happy really!!)

Beginners (Improvers) to soon follow!! 

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