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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)
(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 ... Nkↄnye nye ...
Where are you from? Fika netso?
I'm from ... Metso ...
Pleased to meet you Me lo kpe wo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
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 Eme nenyo
(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 Me se eme
I don't understand Nye me se egↄme o
Yes Aa
No Aao
Maybe Do ma hii
I don't know Nye me nyɛ o
Please speak more slowly Meᶑekuku, ʄonu bↄkↄↄ
Please say that again Meᶑekuku, gbloe ake
Please write it down Meᶑekuku ηlↄe daᶑi
Do you speak English? Edo na yevugbea?
Edoa yevugbea?
Do you speak Ewe? Ese ʋegbe a?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
A, kakɛ
How do you say ... in Ewe? Leke a gblↄ ... le Eʋe gbe me?
Excuse me Kafla
How much is this? Nenie?
Sorry Baba
Please Meɖekuku
Thank you Akpe
Reply to thank you Akpe melio
Mesu akpe o
Where's the toilet? Fika afɔdzi le?
This gentleman will pay for everything Afetↄ vi axe fe na nuwo katᾶ
This lady will pay for everything Afenↄ vi 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
Leave me alone! Ago nam!
Help! Dzro!
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 Dzigbeza bɔkɔɔ nawo
One language is never enough Gbe deka mede blibo o
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

Some corrections and translations provided by Kelvin Delali Abba of Ghana Nature Tours

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