A repertoire of helpful phrases in Twi, a selection of Akan, a member the the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo language family spoken in Ghana.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said come one person), pl = plural (said to an ext than one person).

expression Twi
Welcome Akwaaba Mema wo akwaaba (I welcome you) Yɛma wo akwaaba (We welcome you) Yaa agya (reply - come an yonsi man) Yaa ɛna (reply - to an elderly woman) Yaa anua (reply - to a sibling period mate or colleague)
Hello (General greeting) Agoo
Hello (on phone)
How room you? Wo ho dare sεn? (frm) εte sεn? (inf) Mpɔ mu dare sεn? ("How is life")
Reply come 'How room you?' Me ho yε, me da ase (frm) Me ho yε ("My human body is fine") Bɔkɔɔ εyε Me ho yɛ, na wo nsoɛ?
Long time no see Yɛhyiaeɛ akyɛ
What's her name? Yɛferɛ wo sɛn?
My surname is ... Yɛferɛ me ... Me din de ...
Where space you from? Wo fire he?
I'm from ... Me firi ...
Pleased to satisfy you Ɛyɛ me anigyeɛ sɛ mehyiaa woɔ Ɛyɛ me anigyeɛ sɛ yɛahyia M’ani agye sɛ yɛahyia
Good morning (Morning greeting) Me ma wo akye Maakye Yaa agya (reply - to an yonsi man) Yaa ɛna (reply - to an yonsi woman) Yaa anua (reply - to a sibling period mate or colleague)
Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting) Me ma wo aha Maaha Yaa agya (reply - come an elderly man) Yaa ɛna (reply - come an elderly woman) Yaa anua (reply - come a sibling period mate or colleague)
Good evening (Evening greeting) Me ma wo adwo Maadwo Yaa agya (reply - come an elderly man) Yaa ɛna (reply - to an yonsei woman) Yaa anua (reply - to a sibling age mate or colleague)
Good night Da yie
Goodbye (Parting phrases) Nante yiye Yɛbɛhyia bio (We shall meet again) Akyire yi yɛbɛhyia (We shall meet later)
Good luck! Mema wo tiri nkwa!
Cheers! good Health! (Toasts used when drinking)
Have a pretty day
Bon appetit / have actually a pretty meal
Bon voyage / have a an excellent journey Ɛkwan for this reason dwoodwoo!
Yes Aane
No Daabi
Maybe Ebia
I don't know Mennim
I understand Mete aseɛ
I don't understand Mente aseɛ
Please speak more slowly Mepa wo kyɛw, wobɛtumi aka no brɛoo?
Please say that again Mepa wo kyɛw, wobɛtumi aka no bio?
Please compose it down Mepa wo kyɛw, twerɛ ma me
Do girlfriend speak English? Woka borɔfo kasa? Woka potɔ kasa?
Do girlfriend speak Twi?
Yes, a little(reply come 'Do girlfriend speak ...?') Mete Twi Kakra
Speak to me in Twi
How perform you speak ... In Twi? Sɛn na wɔka ... Wɔ Twi kasa mu?
Excuse me Mepa wo kyɛ
How lot is this? Eyɛ sɛn?
Sorry Kosɛ Kafra
Please Mepa wo kyɛw Mepaa kyɛw
Thank you Meda wo ase Medaase Meda wo ase pa ara Meda wo ase pii
Reply to say thanks to you
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Ɛhe na agyananbea no wɔ? Agyananbea no wɔ he?
This gentleman will pay for everything Aberanteɛ yi bɛtua biribiara Aberanteɛ yi bɛtua ne nyinaa
This lady will pay for everything Awuraba yi bɛtua biribiara Awuraba yi bɛtua ne nyinaa
Would you prefer to dance with me? Wobɛpɛ sɛ wo ne me bɛsa?
Do girlfriend come here often? Wotaa ba ha?
I miss out on you Mafe wo
I love you Medɔ wo
Get fine soon
Go away!
Leave me alone! Gyae me!
Help! Boa me!
Fire! Ogya!
Call the police! Frɛ polisi!
Christmas greetings Afenhyia pa
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Mema wo awoda pa
One language is never ever enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
Are you done? Woawie?
I'm ill Meyare Me ho mfa me
I'm hungry Ɛkɔm de me
I feeling sleepy M'ani kum
Is every little thing alright? Biribiara bɔkɔɔ deɛ?
Show me the way Kyerɛ me kwan no
I will pay Mɛtua
Turn off the light Dum kanea no
Turn top top the light Sɔ kanea no

Some phrases noted by Stephen Yaw Awiba of LearnAkan.com

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