We looked at the Twi names of some occupations in our last lesson. I am hoping you have familiarised yourself with all those occupational terms. Would you be able to tell from memory what the Twi name of a doctor is? How about a driver? A blacksmith? Good!
Let’s follow up on that lesson with one on human sounds: to sneeze, cough, belch, etc.
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Human Sound-Producing Vocabulary
|hem||blow the nose|
|bɔ wa (noun: ɛwa)||cough|
|tea mu; team||scream/shout|
Below, I use the above-listed vocabulary in some sentential examples.
1. Ama nomm nsuo kuruwa ma ɛna ɔkeesuiɛ
Ama drank a cupful of water and belched
2. Yɛresu koraa a, yɛgyae hwem (a saying)
Even when we’re crying, we pause to blow our noses
3. Kofi bɔ wa dodo
Kofi coughs a lot
4. Kɔterekɔ sii no
He/she got hiccups
5. Wo trɔsa no ate; mmɔfra no resere wo
Your trousers are torn; the kids are laughing at you
6. Mframa nni dan no mu nti Ama retee so
There isn’t air in the room so Ama is panting
7. Sɛ wowɔ ha a, tea mu!
If you’re here, scream/shout!
8. Atɛnnidie no nyinaa akyi no, Amakye guu ahomekokoɔ kɔeɛ
After all the insults, Amakye sighed and left
9. Akosua de takra faa Kofi hwene ano maa no nwansiiɛ
Akosua passed a feather at the tip of Kofi’s nose and caused him to sneeze
10. Ɔbaa a ɔhwa nkorɔmo
A woman who snores
11. Mabɔ hwerɛma afrɛ ɔbaa no
I have whistled to call the woman (I called the woman with a whistle)
12. Adɛn na worehram saa?
Why are you yawning like that?
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