It can be very wearisome buying things on the busy streets of Ghana, but if you can speak some Twi, this can bring your needs closer to you faster than you can imagine. For example, when making a purchase, it is very important to use the phrase Mepa wo kyεw, which means Please in your speech. This is a way of showing respect to the person you are interacting with. In this post, we’ll go through a simple Twi dialogue to illustrate how to purchase a pair of shoes.
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|BUYER||Mema wo akye [Maakye]||Good morning|
|SELLER||Mema wo akye [Maakye]||Good morning|
|BUYER||Mepa wo kyεw, meretɔ mpaboa||I want to purchase a shoe, please|
|SELLER||Deε εwɔ he na wopε?||Which one do you prefer?|
|BUYER||Mepε tuntum no||I want the black one|
|BUYER||Ne boɔ yε sεn?||How much is it?|
|SELLER||Ɛyε Ghana sidi aduanan pε||It is only 40 Ghana cedis|
|BUYER||Wobεtumi ate me so kakra?||Can I get a discount?|
|SELLER||Fa no Ghana sidi Aduasa-num||Take it for 35 Ghana cedis|
|BUYER||Mepa wo kyεw, sika no nie||Here is the money, please|
|SELLER||Meda wo ase paa, yεbεsan ahyia||Thank you very much, we shall meet again|
|SELLER||Ɛnneε nante yie oo!||Goodbye then|
This is how you go about purchasing a pair of shoes speaking in Asante Twi. Let’s make a date to learn more Twi in our next article.
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