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Twi phrasebook

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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"


Common Twi phrases

How are you?/

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


Fine (Informal)

  • εyε
  • "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 yε (Literal meaning is "My body is fine")


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

  • Me ho yε, me da ase (mi-dah-si)


Greetings


Good morning

  • Me ma wo akye (Mi-Maa-waa-chi)
  • Maakye(Maa-chi). This is the shorter version and the most common.


Good afternoon

  • Me ma wo aha (Mi-Maa-Waa-ha)
  • Maaha (Maa-chi). Shorter version


Good Evening

  • Me ma wo adwo (Mi-Maa-jo) The "o" in Adwo (Aa-jo)is pronounced similarly to a quick "ou" sound in "cous cous"
  • Maadwo (Maa-jo). Shorter version


Note: The responses to the greetings above are said according to the age category of the person you are speaking to.

  • Yaa nua
  • Yaa εna
  • Yaa agya The first letter of agya, "a", is pronounced like the first "e" in "edge" Therefore it is pronounced as "Edga"
  • Yaa asɔn


Good Night Da yie (Da-yey) or (Da-yeh)



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.

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