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If you’ve ever lived with Ashantis, you’d notice how important the concept of family is to them. Given the chance, the average Ashanti can tell you so much about his/her lineage, from his/her great-great-grandparents all the way down to the last grandchild. It is therefore important that we acquaint ourselves with some family/relationship terms to be able to understand them when they tell us about a relation, and also be able to tell them about ours. This informs our choice of topic today.
Join me, as we tease out a number of Twi terms used to identify the relationships we have with people within and outside the family. If you have more relationship terms that weren’t included in the list, please leave them in the comments section below the post.
Okey-doke, let’s start.
Family-Related Twi Vocabulary
|agya/papa/papa nuabarima||paternal uncle|
|maame/maame nuabaa||maternal aunt|
|nana (differentiated by intonation)||grandparent/grandchild|
|nanabarima prenu||great grandfather|
|nanabaa prenu||great grandmother|
|onua/wɔfa ba/sewaa ba||cousin|
|ɔdɔfoɔ||a loved one|
|akoma mu tɔfe||sweetheart|
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