Simple Twi Phrases Every Visitor To Ghana Should Know (Approaching Someone for Help)
September 20th, 2009

I have seen a lot of people, especially foreigners, tumble their way through the Twi language on their visits to Ghana, that I have decided to use this blog post to showcase a few useful Twi Phrases.

Kumasi Central Market

Kumasi Central Market in Ghana

These are very essential phrases that everybody should know in order to communicate effectively in Ghana. This post deals with APPROACHING SOMEONE FOR HELP. The English phrase appears in green, while its Twi translation is in black. Memorize them and life will be a lot easier for you in Ghana.


Excuse me, sir (English)
Owura, mepa wo kyεw

Do you speak English?
Woka brɔfo kasa?



I am sorry
Mepa wo kyεw

I don’t understand Twi
Mennte Twi kasa

I don’t understand
Mennte aseε

I understand a little
Mete kakra

Please speak more slowly
Mepa wo kyεw to wo bo ase kasa

Please repeat
Mepa wo kyεw san ka no bio

May I ask you a question?
Mεtumi abisa wo asεm?

Could you please help me?
Wobεtumi aboa me?


Where is…?
Ɛhefa na… wɔ?

Thank you very much
Meda wo ase papaapa

We have looked at a few phrases on how to approach someone for help in the Twi language. I urge you to download Nkyea Twi Primer and learn the pronunciations of most of the difficult to pronounce words and phrases. Nkyea Twi Primer is packed with a lot more vocabulary that you can add to the Twi you already know. I hope this post has been very helpful in your quest to learn the Twi language. Visit our Twitter page to learn one Twi word every day and don’t forget to be a fan of Nkyea Learning Systems on our Facebook fan page. Stick around for the next blog post on QUESTION WORDS. Thank you.

Nana Kwabena Sarpong is the founder of Nkyea Learning Systems.
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  • admin

    Thanks a lot Golda. We shall keep them pouring in. Cheers.

  • Forgot to mention when I read this post:

    One of your MOST fantastic since I started reading your blogs. Very practical and valuable lesson.

    Keep it up!

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