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acknowledgmentsTWIVoicesEnglish-Speaking Instructor . . . . . Dr. Paul PimsleurFemale Twi Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . Victoria AgyeiMale Twi Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew C. DentehCourse WriterDr. Paul Pimsleuriii
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table of contentsReading LessonsIntroduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Unit Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Unit Five . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Unit Six . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Unit Seven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Unit Ten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34567Glossary: Twi to English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Glossary: English to Twi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15v
twiIntroductionTwi, also called “Ashanti Twi,” is spoken inGhana by about 15 million people. It is one of threemutually intelligible dialects of the Akan language.This course was originally published in a limitededition by Dr. Paul Pimsleur for use by the PeaceCorps and the U.S. Department of Education. It isnow available for the first time on CD.After completing the ten Units, you will have ahighly practical 125-word vocabulary that wasselected to help you meet many situations you willencounter in Ghana. You will have a rudimentarycommand of Twi grammar, and you will knowhow to read (i.e., sound out) written Twi. With thisknowledge, you will be able to obtain food andlodging, make purchases, and engage in simplesocial contacts. Of course, 125 words will not makeyou a fluent speaker of Twi, but it will establishyou as a person who has made an effort to meet hisforeign hosts halfway.The recorded portion of the reading materials forthis course will be found at the end of each unit.You can do the readings as it is most convenientfor you. They can be done individually with eachrespective unit or at a more appropriate time after
twiIntroduction (continued)the unit. Instructions on how to proceed with thereadings are contained in the audio portion ofthe course.2
twiUnit .20.GhanaAmɛrikaAmɛrikani, Ghananimeyɛe/ɛMeyɛ Amɛrikani.o/ↄO/ↄwoyɛWoyɛ Amɛrikani.Woyɛ Amɛrikani anaa?a / aaAane.Aane, meyɛ Amɛrikani.Wo nso?Dabi.Menyɛ Amɛrikani.Menyɛ Amɛrikani, meyɛ Ghanani.Wote Twi anaa?Aane, mete Twi.Wo nso?Wo nso wote Twi anaa?Dabi, dabi. Mente Twi.3
twiUnit Three (No Readings)Unit Four (No Readings)Unit 9.20.Meyɛ Ghanani.Yɛfrɛ wo sɛn?Yɛfrɛ me Kofi.Meyɛ tikyani.Maakye oo!Owura, maakye.Mepa wo kyɛw.kaKa bio.Mepa wo kyɛw, bↄ kↄↄ.awuraaAwuraa, Bank wↄ he?Owura, ɛwↄ hↄ.Hotel wↄ ha?Dabi Hotel nni ha.ɛwↄ Kumasi.Yoo, meda a se.Meda ase pii.Mepa wo kyɛw, me’ekↄ.Baabae oo!4kyka / ka
twiUnit Six22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.Mepa wo kyɛw.Ankaa.Ankaa yei.Ankaa yei sɛn?Sidi, pɛsewaPɛsewa biako.Mpɛsewa mmienu.Ankaa yei mpɛsewa mmiɛnsa.Awuraa, meda ase pii.Owura nna ase.Awuraa, mepa wo kyɛw.Tiafi wↄ he?Owura, ɛwↄ hↄ.Posuↄ fese wↄ ha?Dabi, posuↄ fese nni ha.Yoo, meda ase.5
twiUnit SevenAt a beer bar. (Wↄ bia ustomer:Barman:Maakye.Yaa ɛsↄn.Mepa wo kyɛw, ma me bia.Gye bia.gyɛyɛ. Gye wo sika.Owura, meda ase. Bra bio.Unit Eight (No Readings)Unit Nine (No Readings)6
twiUnit Ten1. Person A: Wowↄ sika sɛn? Sidi?2. Person B: Dabi, mewↄ mpɛsewa nwↄ twe.Wote aseɛ?3. A: Dabi, mente aseɛ. Wose sɛn?4. B: Mese menni sika pii wↄ ha?5. A: Wo’okↄ he?6. B: Me’kↄ Nkran. Wo nso ɛ?7. A: Aane, Nkran yɛ fɛ. Me nso me’ekↄ hↄ.8. B: Yoo. Me ne wo’okↄ.7
twiGlossary: Twi to naaanaaankaaAsanteniawuraabaabae oobaaebankBeachbenkumbiabiakoBobBorↄfobↄ kↄↄbↄ sbↄs stↄ pbra bioUnit 2: yesUnit 8: AccraUnit 8: friendUnit 8: foodUnit 1: welcomeUnit 2: American personUnit 5: a name (girl born on Sat.)Unit 1: question wordUnit 8: orUnit 6: orangeUnit 3: Asante personUnit 4: miss; madamUnit 3: bye-bye; good-byeUnit 3: byeUnit 4: bankUnit 10: Beach (Labadi Beach)Unit 9: left (opposite of right)Unit 8: beerUnit 6: oneUnit 6: BobUnit 1: English languageUnit 3: slowlyUnit 2: busUnit 4: bus stopUnit 7: come again8
twiGlossary: Twi to English (continued)Brownchewing gumchocolatecoffeechopbarUnit 6:Unit 9:Unit 9:Unit 8:Unit 4:Brownchewing gumchocolatecoffeechopbar (restaurant oflocal food)coka colaUnit 7: Coca ColacokeUnit 7: CokeContinental Hotel Unit 6: Continental HoteldabiUnit 1: nodeɛnUnit 10: whatdɛUnit 9: sweetdiUnit 8: eatduUnit 10: tenɛ; ɛwↄ he?Unit 4: it; Where is it?ɛnyɛ hwee!Unit 2: It’s nothing! (It’s no matter!)ɛsↄ nUnit 1: response to greetingsɛyɛ.Unit 7: It is all right. (It’s enough)ɛyɛ nnan.Unit 9: It is four.FanteniUnit 3: Fante personfɛUnit 10: beautifulfufu; fufuoUnit 8: fufu; fufuoGermanniUnit 2: German persongyeUnit 7: here! (i.e. take it)haUnit 4: here (i.e. this place)9
twiGlossary: Twi to English (continued)he?helloho yɛ fɛhotelhↄice creamka biokaakakraKofiKoforiduakↄKↄ sokↄↄpkubeKumaseLabadi Beachmaahamaadwomaakyemaakye oomaamem’adamfoMaryUnit 4: where?Unit 6: helloUnit 10: beautiful / handsomeUnit 4: hotelUnit 4: thereUnit 9: ice creamUnit 3: say it againUnit 10: carUnit 3: a littleUnit 5: a name (boy born on Fri.)Unit 4: KoforiduaUnit 9: goUnit 7: Go ahead.Unit 9: cupUnit 10: coconutUnit 4: KumasiUnit 10: Labadi BeachUnit 10: good afternoonUnit 10: good eveningUnit 3: good morningUnit 1: good morning (with oo tohelp voice carry)Unit 8: motherUnit 8: my friendUnit 5: Mary10
twiGlossary: Twi to English (continued)1.meMe2. ho yɛ.Me3. nso.Meda4. ase.Meda5. ase pii.me’ek6. ↄ (merekↄ)mek7. ↄmemp8. ɛmenk9. ↄMenni10. sika.mennom.11.menom12.Mensa13.mente14.Mente15. aseɛ.meny16. ɛmepa wo kyɛw17.mepɛ18.mese19.Mete aseɛ.20.mewↄmeyɛmmienummiɛnsampɛsewaUnit 1: IUnit 2: I am fine.Unit 2: I too.Unit 3: I thank you.Unit 3: I thank you very much.Unit 5: I am goingUnit 9: I goUnit 10: I don’t likeUnit 9: I don’t goUnit 10: I don’t have money.Unit 8: I don’t drink .Unit 8: I drinkUnit 6: MensaUnit 1: I don’t speak (“I don’t hear”)Unit 10: I don’t understand.Unit 2: I am notUnit 1: please; excuse meUnit 10: I likeUnit 10: I sayUnit 10: I understand.Unit 10: I have (i.e. I possess)Unit 2: I amUnit 6: twoUnit 6: threeUnit 6: pesewas11
twiGlossary: Twi to English (continued)NanaNancynenewspapernifaNkran (Accra)nkronNna ase.nnannni ha, etc.nnumnomnsiansonsonnwↄtwepaaPeter BrownpɛpɛsewapiipiiposuↄfesorestaurantSaa!Unit 5: chief’s titleUnit 5: NancyUnit 9: and (to join single words)Unit 6: newspaperUnit 9: right (opposite of left)Unit 8: AccraUnit 9: nineUnit 6: Don’t mention it.Unit 7: fourUnit 4: is / are not hereUnit 7: fiveUnit 8: drinkUnit 8: sixUnit 8: alsoUnit 8: sevenUnit 9: eightUnit 10: very muchUnit 6: Peter BrownUnit 10: like (i.e. to be fond of)Unit 6: pesewaUnit 3: muchUnit 10: manyUnit 4: post officeUnit 9: restaurantUnit 7: Is that so! Is that right!12
twiGlossary: Twi to English (continued)se (mese)Sɛn?Sɛn?sidisikasinisukuutena aseThomastiafitiiTrade FairTwiTwiniw’adamfowowoWo ho te sɛn?wo nsoWo nso ɛ?wokↄwonkↄwonomwonteUnit 10: say (I say)Unit 5: How?Unit 6: How much?Unit 6: cediUnit 7: moneyUnit 4: movie; cinemaUnit 8: schoolUnit 3: sit downUnit 6: ThomasUnit 4: bathroomUnit 8: teaUnit 10: Trade FairUnit 1: Twi languageUnit 3: Twi personUnit 8: your friendUnit 1: youUnit 7: yourUnit 2: How are you?Unit 2: you tooUnit 3: And you?Unit 9: you goUnit 9: you don’t goUnit 8: you drinkUnit 1: you don’t speak(Lit. “you don’t hear”)13
twiGlossary: Twi to English (continued)wonyɛWo’okↄ he?Wose sɛn?wotewote aseɛwoyɛwↄwↄ he .?wↄ hↄYaa, ɛsↄ n.yeiyei yɛ .Yei yɛ deɛn?yɛyɛ dɛyɛ fɛyɛ sɛn?Yɛfrɛ wo sɛn?Yoo.Unit 2: you are notUnit 8: Where are you going?Unit 10: What do you say?Unit 1: you speak (Lit. “youhear”)Unit 10: you understandUnit 2: you areUnit 10: have (i.e. to possess)Unit 4: Where is .?Unit 4: is thereUnit 1: (a response to greetings)Unit 6: thisUnit 10: this is .Unit 10: What is this?Unit 2: is / am (the verb to be)Unit 9: is sweetUnit 10: is beautifulUnit 9: is how much / is howmany?Unit 5: What is your name?Unit 4: O.K.14
twiGlossary: English to TwiAccraUnit 8:alsoUnit 2:American personUnit 2:Amma (girl born on Sat.) Unit 5:and (joining single words) Unit 9:Asante personUnit 3:bankUnit 4:bathroomUnit 4:Beach (Labadi)Unit 10:beautifulUnit 10:beerUnit 8:BobUnit 6:BrownUnit 6:busUnit 2:bus stopUnit 4:byeUnit 3:bye-bye; good-byeUnit 3:carUnit 10:CediUnit 6:chewing gumUnit 9:chief’s titleUnit 5:chocolateUnit 9:chopbarUnit 4:cinema (movie)Unit 4:Coca ColaUnit 7:15NkrannsoAmɛrikaniAmmaneAsantenibanktiafiBeach (Labadi)fɛbiaBobBrownbↄ sbↄs stↄpbaaebaabae ookaaSidichewing gumNanachocolatechopbarsiniCoka Cola
twiGlossary: English to Twi (continued)coconutcoffeeCokecome againContinental HotelcupDon’t mention it.drink (to drink)eateightExcuse me.English languageFante personfivefoodfourfriendfufu (kind of food)German persongogo on (go ahead)good afternoongoodbyegood eveningUnit 10:Unit 8:Unit 7:Unit 7:Unit 6:Unit 9:Unit 6:Unit 8:Unit 8:Unit 9:Unit 1:Unit 1:Unit 3:Unit 7:Unit 8:Unit 7:Unit 8:Unit 8:Unit 2:Unit 9:Unit 7:Unit 7:Unit 3:Unit 3:16kubecoffeeCokebra bioContinental Hotelkↄↄ pNna ase.nomdinwↄ tweMepa wo kyɛw.Borↄ foFanteninnumaduanennanadamfofufu / fufuoGermannikↄkↄ somaahabaabae oomaadwo
twiGlossary: English to Twi (continued)good morning(distant)good morning(close)have (to possess)Hello.here (this place)here (get it; take it)hotelHow?How are you?How are youcalled?How do you say?How much?How much is .II amI am fine.I am goingI am notI don’t drink .I don’t goI don’t have money.Unit 1: maakye ooUnit 3: maakye (Owura, etc.)Unit 10:Unit 6:Unit 4:Unit 7:Unit 4:Unit 5:Unit 2:Unit 5:Unit 10:Unit 6:Unit 9:Unit 1:Unit 2:Unit 2:Unit 5:Unit 2:Unit 8:Unit 9:Unit 10:17wↄHello.hagyehotelSɛn?Wo ho te sɛn?See, “What is yourname?”See, “What do yousay?”Sɛn?. yɛ sɛn?memeyɛMe ho yɛ.me’ekↄmenyɛmennom .menkↄMenni sika.
twiGlossary: English to Twi (continued)I don’t hear / speakI don’t likeI don’t understand.I drinkI goI have (I possess)I likeI sayI thank you.I thank you very much.I tooI understand.ice creamis (the verb to be)is beautifulis beautiful / handsome(of persons)is how much?is not hereis sweetIs that so!is thereis where?It (It is there.)It’s all right / enough.Unit 1:Unit 10:Unit 10:Unit 8:Unit 9:Unit 10:Unit 10:Unit 10:Unit 3:Unit 3:Unit 2:Unit 10:Unit 9:Unit 2:Unit 10:Unit 10:mentemempɛMente aseɛ.menommekↄmewↄmepɛmeseMeda ase.Meda ase pii.me nsoMete aseɛ.ice creamyɛyɛ fɛho yɛ fɛUnit 9:Unit 4:Unit 9:Unit 7:Unit 4:Unit 4:Unit 4:Unit 7:yɛ sɛn?nni hayɛ dɛSaa!wↄ hↄwↄ he?ɛ (ɛwↄ hↄ )ɛyɛ.18
twiGlossary: English to Twi (continued)It’s four, etc.Unit 9:It’s no matter.Unit 2:Kofi (boy born on Friday) Unit 5:KoforiduaUnit 4:KumasiUnit 4:Labadi BeachUnit 10:left (opposite of right) Unit 9:like (to be fond of)Unit 10:littleUnit 3:lot (a lot, a lot of)Unit 3:madamUnit 4:manyUnit 10:MaryUnit 5:MensaUnit 6:miss (young lady)Unit 4:moneyUnit 7:motherUnit 8:movie (cinema)Unit 4:muchUnit 3:my friendUnit 8:NancyUnit 5:newspaperUnit 6:nineUnit 9:noUnit 1:O.K.Unit 4:19ɛyɛ nnan, etc.ɛnyɛ hwee.KofiKoforiduaKumaseLabadi maamesinipiim’adamfoNancynewspapernkrondabiYoo.
twiGlossary: English to Twi (continued)oneororangepesewapesawasPeter Brownpleasequestion wordresponse to greetingsrestaurantright (opposite of left)say (I say)say it againschoolsevensit downsixslowlysweetteatenThank you.Thank you very much.thereUnit 6: biakoUnit 8: anaaUnit 8: ankaa (other places:akutu)Unit 6: pɛsewaUnit 6: mpɛsewaUnit 6: Peter BrownUnit 1: mepa wo kyɛwUnit 1: anaaUnit 1: Yaa, ɛsↄ n.Unit 9: restaurantUnit 9: nifaUnit 10: se (mese .)Unit 3: ka bioUnit 8: sukuuUnit 8: nsonUnit 3: tena aseUnit 8: nsiaUnit 9: bↄkↄↄUnit 9: dɛUnit 8: tiiUnit 10: duUnit 3: Meda ase.Unit 3: Meda ase pii.Unit 4: hↄ20
twiGlossary: English to Twi (continued)thisthis is .this is whatThomasthreeTrade FairTwi (language)Twi persontwounderstand (perceive)very muchwelcomewhatWhat do you say?Unit 6:Unit 10:Unit 10:Unit 6:Unit 6:Unit 10:Unit 1:Unit 3:Unit 6:Unit 10:Unit 10:Unit 1:Unit 10:Unit 10:What is this?What is your name?Where (is where?)Where are you going?yesyou (and you? – Unit 3)you are . (verb to be)You are going where?(Literal)you are notUnit 10:Unit 5:Unit 4:Unit 8:Unit 2:Unit 1:Unit 2:Unit 8:yeiyei yɛ .See, “What is this?”ThomasmmiɛnsaTrade FairTwiTwinimmienute aseɛpii/ii .; paaakwaabadeɛnWose sɛn?(Wose deɛn?)Yei yɛ deɛn?Yɛfrɛ wo sɛn?He? (wↄ he?)Wo’okↄ he?aanewo (wo nso ɛ?)woyɛ (are: yɛ –Wo’ okↄ he?Unit 2: wonyɛ21
twiGlossary: English to Twi (continued)you don’t goyou don’t speak(Lit.: you don’t hear)you drinkyou goyou say what?Unit 9: wonkↄUnit 1: wonteUnit 8: wonomUnit 9: wokↄUnit 10: See, “What do yousay?”Unit 1: woteyou speak(Literal: you hear)you tooUnit 2:you understandUnit 10:your (e.g., your mother) Unit 7:your friendUnit 8:22wo nsowote aseɛwo (wo maame)w’adamfo
ice cream Unit 9: ice cream ka bio Unit 3: say it again kaa Unit 10: car kakra Unit 3: a little Kofi Unit 5: a name (boy born on Fri.) Koforidua Unit 4: Koforidua kↄ Unit 9: go Kↄ so Unit 7: Go ahead. kↄↄp Unit 9: cup kube Unit 10: coconut Kumase Unit 4: Kumasi Labadi Beach Unit 10: Labadi Beach
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