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Useful Ewe phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Ewe, a Niger-Congo language spoken in Ghana, Togo and Benin.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

English Eʋegbe (Ewe)
Welcome Woé zɔ (sg)
Miawoe zɔ (pl)
Yooo (response)
Hello
(General greeting)
No equivalent
How are you? Ɛfoa?
Reply to 'How are you?' Me fo. Wo ha ɛfoa?
Long time no see Ɛdidi
Ɛ nyteƒe (response)
What's your name? Nkowode?
My name is ... Nkↄnye nye ...
Where are you from? Fika netso?
I'm from ... Metso ...
Pleased to meet you No equivalent. Smile and repeat the person's name
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ŋdi
Ŋdi na mi
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Ŋdɔ
Ŋdɔ na mi
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Fiɛyi
Fiɛyi na mi
Good night Dɔ agbe
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Hede nyuie (safe journey)
Mia dogo (we'll meet again)
Good luck Eme nenyo
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Nkekea nenyo
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Hede nyuie (safe journey)
I understand Se eme
Me se eme
Me se egɔme
I don't understand Nye me se eme o
Nye me se egɔme o
Yes E
No Ao
Maybe Do ma hii
I don't know Nye me nya o
Please speak more slowly Meᶑekuku, ƒonu gbleũ
Please say that again Meᶑekuku, ga gbloe ake
Please write it down Meᶑekuku ηlↄe
Do you speak English? Ese yevugbe a?
Ese English a?
Do you speak Ewe? Ese ʋegbe a?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
E, vide
E, vide vide
How do you say ... in Ewe? Leke a gblↄ ... le Eʋe gbe me?
Excuse me Kafla
Meɖekuku
How much is this? Nenie?
Sorry Baba
Babanawo
Please Meɖekuku
Thank you Akpe
Reply to thank you Woezo
Mia woezo
Akpe melio
Mesu akpe o
Where's the toilet? Fika afɔdzi le?
This gentleman will pay for everything Afetↄ ke axe fe na nuwo katᾶ
This lady will pay for everything Afenↄ ke axe fe na nuwo katᾶ
Would you like to dance with me? Aᶑu wu kplim a?
I miss you Me susu wo lo
I love you Me lↄ wo
Get well soon Na haya kaba
Go away! Dzo le gbonye!
Leave me alone! Heda le gbonye!
Help! Kpedeŋu nye!
Fire! Dzo!
Stop! Tↄ!
Call the police! Yↄ kpovi tↄ wo!
Christmas and New Year greetings Blunya na wo (Merry Christmas)
Eƒé bé dzogbenyui nami (Happy New Year)
Fè Yéyè Fé Dzogbenyui Nami (Happy New Year)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Dzigbenyue nawo
Dzigbeza bɔkɔɔ nawo
One language is never enough Gbe deka mede blibo o
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

Corrections and translations provided by Kelvin Delali Abba of Ghana Nature Tours, with recordings, and some corrections, supplied by Dzidzɔ

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Information about Ewe | Useful phrases in Ewe | Tower of Babel in Ewe

Links

Other collections of Ewe phrases
http://www.easytrackghana.com/cultural_overview_ghana/language-videos-ghana.html
http://zorinco.com/djembe/ghana/lang/ewe.html
http://www.peterlin.jzn.pl/ewe/phrases.html

Phrases in Niger-Congo languages

Efik, Ewe, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Lozi, Ndebele (Northern), Northern Sotho, Sesotho, Shona, Swahili, Tsonga, Tswana, Tumbuka, Umbundu, Wolof, Xhosa, Yorùbá, Zulu

Phrases in other languages