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*''a'' as "r'''''a'''''t"
 
*''a'' as "r'''''a'''''t"
*''e'' as "s''e''at"
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*''e'' as "s'''''e'''''at"
*''ε'' as "s''e''t"
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*''ε'' as "s'''''e'''''t"
*''i'' as "s''i''t"
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*''i'' as "s'''''i'''''t"
*''o'' as "K''u''ala Lumpur"
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*''o'' as "K'''''u'''''ala Lumpur"
*''ɔ'' as "p''o''t"
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*''ɔ'' as "p'''''o'''''t"
*''u'' as "Kuala L''u''mpur"
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*''u'' as "Kuala L'''''u'''''mpur"
  
  
 
'''Consonants'''  
 
'''Consonants'''  
  
*''b'' as "''b''at"
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*''b'' as "'''''b'''''at"
*''d'' as "''d''og"
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*''d'' as "'''''d'''''og"
*''f'' as "''f''og"
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*''f'' as "'''''f'''''og"
*''g'' as "''g''oat"
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*''g'' as "'''''g'''''oat"
*''h'' as "''h''ire"
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*''h'' as "'''''h'''''ire"
*''k'' as "''c''at"
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*''k'' as "'''''c'''''at"
*''l'' as "''l''og"
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*''l'' as "'''''l'''''og"
*''m'' as "''m''an"
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*''m'' as "'''''m'''''an"
*''n'' as "''n''ap"
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*''n'' as "'''''n'''''ap"
*''p'' as "''p''in"
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*''p'' as "'''''p'''''in"
*''r'' as "c''r''amp"
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*''r'' as "c'''''r'''''amp"
*''s'' as "''s''uit"
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*''s'' as "'''''s'''''uit"
*''t'' as "''t''omb"
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*''t'' as "'''''t'''''omb"
*''w'' as "''w''ood"
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*''w'' as "'''''w'''''ood"
*''y'' as "''y''emen"
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*''y'' as "'''''y'''''emen"
  
  
 
'''Diagraphs'''
 
'''Diagraphs'''
  
*''dw'' as "''j''" sound inthe beginning of "''dr''eams"
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*''dw'' as "'''''j'''''" sound inthe beginning of "''dr''eams"
*''gy'' as "''j''udge"
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*''gy'' as "'''''j'''''udge"
*''hw'' as "''wh''ew"
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*''hw'' as "'''''wh'''''ew"
*''hy'' as "''sh''irt"
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*''hy'' as "'''''sh'''''irt"
*''kw'' as "e''qu''ip"
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*''kw'' as "e'''''qu'''''ip"
*''ky'' as "''ch''ap"
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*''ky'' as "'''''ch'''''ap"
 
*''nw'' is pronounced as "nyw" with rounded lips at the end. For example: '''Nwunu''' (to leak)
 
*''nw'' is pronounced as "nyw" with rounded lips at the end. For example: '''Nwunu''' (to leak)
*''ny'' as "Esapa''ñ''ol"
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*''ny'' as "Esapa'''''ñ'''''ol"
*''tw'' as "''tr''ip"
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*''tw'' as "'''''tr'''''ip"
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== Twi phrases ==
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'''How are you?'''/
 
'''How are you?'''/
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*'''''εte sen?''''' (Informal)
 
*'''''εte sen?''''' (Informal)
 
*'''''Mpɔ mu te sεn?''''' (Optional meaning "How is the insides of your body")
 
*'''''Mpɔ mu te sεn?''''' (Optional meaning "How is the insides of your body")
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*'''''Eye'''''
 
*'''''Eye'''''
 
*"'''Bɔkɔɔ'''" (This is optional. Literal meaning is "soft". The "ɔ" is pronounced like "o" is ''rot'', but the "ɔɔ" means that the sound is extended.)
 
*"'''Bɔkɔɔ'''" (This is optional. Literal meaning is "soft". The "ɔ" is pronounced like "o" is ''rot'', but the "ɔɔ" means that the sound is extended.)
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'''I am fine''' (Formal)
 
'''I am fine''' (Formal)
 
*'''''Me ho ye''''' (Literal meaning is "My body is fine")
 
*'''''Me ho ye''''' (Literal meaning is "My body is fine")
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'''I am fine, thank you''' (To be more polite)
 
'''I am fine, thank you''' (To be more polite)
 
*'''''Me ho ye, me da ase''''' (mi-dah-si)
 
*'''''Me ho ye, me da ase''''' (mi-dah-si)
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== References ==
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*''''' A comprehensive course in twi(Asante) for the non-twi learner.''''' '''By Florence Abena Dolpyne.''' ''Associate professor, Department  of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Legon.''

Revision as of 18:07, 30 August 2008

Twi Phrasebook

Grammatical points

Vowels

  • a as "rat"
  • e as "seat"
  • ε as "set"
  • i as "sit"
  • o as "Kuala Lumpur"
  • ɔ as "pot"
  • u as "Kuala Lumpur"


Consonants

  • b as "bat"
  • d as "dog"
  • f as "fog"
  • g as "goat"
  • h as "hire"
  • k as "cat"
  • l as "log"
  • m as "man"
  • n as "nap"
  • p as "pin"
  • r as "cramp"
  • s as "suit"
  • t as "tomb"
  • w as "wood"
  • y as "yemen"


Diagraphs

  • dw as "j" sound inthe beginning of "dreams"
  • gy as "judge"
  • hw as "whew"
  • hy as "shirt"
  • kw as "equip"
  • ky as "chap"
  • nw is pronounced as "nyw" with rounded lips at the end. For example: Nwunu (to leak)
  • ny as "Esapañol"
  • tw as "trip"


Twi phrases

How are you?/

  • Wo ho te sen? (Formal)
  • εte sen? (Informal)
  • Mpɔ mu te sεn? (Optional meaning "How is the insides of your body")


Fine (Informal)

  • Eye
  • "Bɔkɔɔ" (This is optional. Literal meaning is "soft". The "ɔ" is pronounced like "o" is rot, but the "ɔɔ" means that the sound is extended.)


I am fine (Formal)

  • Me ho ye (Literal meaning is "My body is fine")


I am fine, thank you (To be more polite)

  • Me ho ye, me da ase (mi-dah-si)


References

  • A comprehensive course in twi(Asante) for the non-twi learner. By Florence Abena Dolpyne. Associate professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Legon.