Soliciting and Expressing Emotional States in Twi

A new year; a new month; a new day; Mema mo nyinaa afenhyia pa!

December may have been a busy month for you due to all the festivities. You travelled? You visited family? You caught up with old friends? You had parties? You were happy? Or, you were stuck doing something you didn’t like? You could not make it to that special event? You lost someone dear to you? It made you sad? Would you like to tell how you felt, in Twi?

Today, we are looking at how to ask others about their emotional states, as well as how to express ours. For instance, how would you say you are happy, sad, angry, etc. In a previous lesson, we got to know about the Twi names of some emotions. Those were just the names. Let’s now learn to use those in practical sentences, to express how exactly we feel emotionally.

Are you ready?

Let’s get to it.

Soliciting and Expressing Emotional States in Twi

QUESTIONRESPONSE
W’ani agye? (Are you happy?)M’ani agye (I am happy)

 

Aane, m’ani agye (Yes, I am happy)

Dabi, m’ani nnyeeɛ (No, I am not happy)

Wo werɛ aho? (Are you sad?)Me werɛ aho (I am sad)

 

Aane, me werɛ aho (Yes, I am sad)

Dabi, me werɛ nhoeɛ (No, I am not sad)

Wo bo afu? (Are you angry?)Me bo afu (I am angry)

 

Aane, me bo afu (Yes, I’m angry)

Dabi, me bo mfuiɛ (No, I am not angry)

Wo ho adwiri wo? (Are you astonished?)Me ho adwiri me (I am astonished)

 

Aane, me ho adwiri me (Yes, I am astonished)

Dabi, me ho nnwirii me (No, I am not astonished)

W’ani aha? (Are you bored?)M’ani aha (I am bored)

 

Aane, m’ani aha (Yes, I am bored)

Dabi, m’ani nhaeɛ (No, I am not bored)

Wosuro? (Are you afraid?)Mesuro (I am afraid)

 

Aane, mesuro (Yes, I am afraid)

Dabi, mensuro (No, I am not afraid)

Woabɔ hu? (Are you struck by fear?)Mabɔ hu (I am struck by fear)

 

Aane, mabɔ hu (Yes, I am struck by fear)

Dabi, memmɔɔ hu (No, I am not struck by fear)

Wotan me? (Do you hate me?)Metan wo (I hate you)

 

Aane, metan wo (Yes, I hate you)

Dabi, mentan wo (No, I don’t hate you)

Wodɔ me? (Do you love me?)Medɔ wo (I love you)

 

Aane, medɔ wo (Yes, I love you)

Dabi, mennɔ wo (No, I don’t love you)

Woanu wo ho? (Are you remorseful?/Have you regretted?)Manu me ho (I have regretted/I am remorseful)

 

Aane, manu me ho (Yes, I have regretted/I am remorseful)

Dabi, mennuu me ho (No, I haven’t regretted/I am not remorseful)

W’ani awu? (Are you ashamed?)M’ani awu (I am ashamed)

 

Aane, m’ani awu (Yes, I am ashamed)

Dabi, m’ani nwuiɛ (No, I am not ashamed)

Wofɛre? (Are you shy?)Mefɛre (I am shy)

 

Aane, mefɛre (Yes, I am shy)

Dabi, memfɛre (No, I am not shy)

Ɛyɛ wo nwanwa? (Does it surprise you?)Ɛyɛ me nwanwa (It surprises me)

 

Aane, ɛyɛ me nwanwa (Yes, it surprises me)

Dabi, ɛnyɛ me nwanwa (No, it does not surprise me)

I hope you figured out the patterns in there. Once you have those, together with the names of the various emotional vocabulary, it shouldn’t be too difficult to solicit people’s states of being, as well as answer them if you are asked. We end here.

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