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Useful Ewe phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Ewe.

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

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English Eʋegbe (Ewe)
Welcome Woé zɔ (sg) Miawoe zɔ (pl), Yooo (response)
(General greeting)
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 ... Nkninye ...
Where are you from? Fika netso?
I'm from ...
Pleased to meet you Me lo kpe wo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Ŋdi, Ŋdi apemetowo (response)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Dɔ agbe
(Parting phrases)
Hede nyuie (safe journey) Mia dogo (we'll meet again)
Good luck
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Nkekea nenyon
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Hede nyuie (safe journey)
I don't understand Nye me nyɛ o
Please speak more slowly
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak Ewe?
Yes, a little
Wo ƒo nu Eʋe?
A, kakɛ
How do you say ... in Ewe? Aleke bena Eʋe ... ?
Excuse me Kafla
How much is this? Nenie?
Sorry Baba
Please Meɖekuku
Thank you
Akpe Melio
Where is ...? ... fica de?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me? Me dze ame dzi dzi ha wo
I love you Me wo lo
Get well soon
Leave me alone! Dzó me!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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