List of Twi Words Borrowed from English | Twi Vocabulary

Akan (Twi) has had to steal… borrow words from the English language for years. But I guess this isn’t something that’s unheard of. The English language itself from which Akan borrows some of its words is made of a ton of loanwords from different foreign languages.

In today’s lesson, I list a number of Twi words that we borrowed from English. A borrowed word usually undergoes various changes to suit the morphology of the beneficiary language. This is only a vocabulary lesson so we will not talk about the “whys” and “hows” the changes in the list below came about. It is, however, important that you acknowledge that these changes aren’t arbitrary at all; they do follow a systematic set of morphological features in Akan.

It is also worth noting that there exist actual Twi words for some of these loanwords. In the list below, you will find the actual Twi names of some of the items italicised by them.

Now let’s jump straight at it. If you have more to add, you may leave them in the comments section below the post.

List of Twi Words Borrowed from English

TWIENGLISH
adupire (wiemhyɛn)aeroplane
amangomango
asopiti (ayaresabea)hospital
baagebag
banband
bɔɔlaboiler
bɔtabutter
bokitibucket
dasetaduster
dɔkota (ɔyaresafoɔ)doctor
firigyi (asukɔkyea adaka)refrigerator
hanketehandkerchief
hyɛɛte (atadeɛ)shirt
kaa (teaseɛnam; ɛhyɛn)car
kɔmputacomputer
kɔnsɛteconcert
keekicake
koropɔɔtocoal pot
kresinkerosene
lɔre (ɛhyɛn)lorry
makyese (burogya)match
nɛɛsenurse
ntoosi (nɛnkyemɔɔno)tomatoes
pateesanpartition
payapear
pɛn (twerɛdua)pen
pɛnserepencil
pinkase (fatuo dadeɛ)pickaxe
polisipolice
polisinipolice officer
radio (kasafidie)radio
sakre (dadepɔnkɔ)bicycle
selabososyllabus
serebasilver
sigarɛtecigarette
sofishovel
sogyani (ɔsraani)soldier
sotɔɔstore
sukuuschool
tɛlɛbihyɛntelevision
tikya (ɔkyerɛkyerɛni)teacher
trɔsatrousers
twɔɔkochalk
wakyewatch

We end here. If you have more, do add to the list by leaving them in the comments section below.

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2 Responses
    1. Yaw

      Interesting. Can you please tell us more? As a knowledge-sharing platform, I’m sure my readers and I will be happy to learn more in this regard. Thank you.

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