In the Twi language, saying “Daabi” means “No”, but it is considered rude by a lot of people in Ghana to answer somebody by just saying “Daabi”. So how would you politely say “No” to somebody trying to sell you his or her wares on a street corner or a taxi driver trying to pick you up? In these cases if you want to say “No” these are some phrases you can use so that they stop bothering you?
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|Mempε bi||I don’t want any|
|Menni sika||I don’t have money|
|Mamfa sika||I didn’t take money|
When you are walking down a street you might hear a taxi driver ask “Worekɔ hefa?” which means “Where are you going?”
|Worekɔ hefa?||Where are you going?|
|Merekɔ nantenante||I am going for a walk|
This might be enough for most taxi drivers. But if a driver is insistent try:
|Mepε sε menante||I want to walk|
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