How to Give Directions in Twi

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In our last lesson, we looked at the how to introduce ourselves in Twi, and a few basic phrases. The present lesson explores a number of directional expressions in Twi. If you ever find yourself giving or receiving a direction to/from an Akan speaker, this lesson, I believe, will be very useful.

Directions in Twi

TwiEnglish
atifinorth
anaafoɔsouth
apueeɛeast
atɔeɛwest
atifi-apueeɛnorth-east/upper east
atifi-atɔeɛnorth-west/upper west
anaafoɔ-apueeɛsouth-east
anaafoɔ-atɔeɛsouth-west
benkumleft
nifaright
(nsa) benkum soleft-hand side
(nsa) nifa soright-hand side
mfimfinimiddle
aseɛunder
ɛso/ɛsorotop/up
animfront
akyireback
emuinside
nkyɛnmusideways/beside
nkwantajunction
mane/daneturn
dane wo hoturn around
kɔ w’akyigo back
kɔ w’animgo forward
bracome
go
bra w’animcome forward
tena hasit here
hwɛ w’animlook forward
hwɛ w’akyilook back
hwɛ famlook down
hwɛ sorolook up
pagya wo tiraise your head
hwɛ wo nifa solook to your right
hwɛ wo benkum solook to your left
kɔ w’anim teego straight ahead
sɔre/gyina hɔstand
mane wo benkum soturn to your left
mane wo nifa soturn to your right
kɔ w’akyi na mane wo benkum sogo back and turn left
kɔ w’akyi na mane wo nifa sogo back and turn right
kɔ w’anim na mane wo nifa sogo forward and turn right
dua no aseunder the tree

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