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Ghana Local Phrases
It will be useful to learn a few Ghana local phrases – OverlandingAfrica.com has selected some key Akan phrases to help you make friends on your travels.
The most widely spoken Akan dialect is Ashanti, which can be very difficult to read and pronounce. We have therefore selected a few phonetically written phrases for you to learn, which will be understood by all Akan Ashanti speakers.
Basic greetings are usually given for all people you meet and a simple ‘Ete sen?’ or ‘how are you?’ is considered polite. You can answer this with ‘Eh ye’, meaning ‘I am fine’.
‘Meh daasay’, which means ‘thank you’ is important when eating with your host or at a restaurant, shop or in a taxi, and asking your new friend’s name by saying ‘Wo din day sen?’ is also a useful phrase. To reply to this question, you can answer ‘Meh din day Katie’.
Other useful phrases include the following:
- Meh re ko... - I’m going to...
- Wo bay jay sen - What is the fare?
- Meh paa cho, te so - Please, reduce it
- Way sen - How much?
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