12 Emotions in Twi You Need to Know

In this article we will learn different ways to express your mood and emotions in Twi. We’ve collated 12 common feelings that you can use the next time you want to tell someone how you feel, it will also be beneficial for you if you want to learn how to answer the question “Wo te nka sɛn?”

Wo te nka sɛn? - How do you feel?

1. Fɛreɛ - Shyness

Example: Me fere (paa) I’m very shy

Meaning: I’m (very) shy

“Paa” means “very'' or “really” so you can choose to use this adjective or not.

2. Anigyeɛ - Happiness

Example: M’ani agye

Meaning: I’m happy

3. Awerɛhoɔ - Sadness

Example: Awerɛhoɔ ahyɛ me ma.

Meaning: I’m full of sadness

Example: Me werɛ aho paa

Meaning: I’m very sad

4. Ɔtan - Hatred

Example: Me tan no

Meaning: I hate him/her

This is very harsh so as an alternative you could say “mempɛ n’asɛm” which means I don’t like him/her”.

5. Ehu - fear

Example: Ehu aka me

Meaning: I’m fearful

Another way you can say you are scared is “Me suro” which means - I’m scared.

6. Ɔdɔ - love

Example: Me dɔ wo

Meaning: I love you

How about how to say “I love my wife”? We can simply substitute the pronoun “wo” which is “you” for “yere” which is the Twi word for “wife” and then add the possessive pronoun “me” (this is “my” in Twi) in front of “yere”. Then we get the sentence “me dɔ me yere”.

7. Aniwuo - shame/ embarrassment

Example: M’ani awu

Meaning: I’m ashamed/embarrassed

Example: Deɛ ɔyɛɛ no ama m’ani awu paa

Meaning: What he did really embarrassed me.

8. Ayamyɛ - Kindness

Example: Ɔyi ne yam paa

Meaning: He/she is really kind

9. Akokoɔduro - Courageous

Example: Me wɔ akokoɔduro

Meaning: I have courage

Although this directly translates to “I have courage” it also means “I am courageous”.

10. Nwanwa - Surprised

Example: Ɛyɛ me nwanwa

Meaning: I'm surpised

Another similar expression to being surprised is to be shocked. For example, if you are shocked about a particular situation that has happened you can say “Ahye me” which means “I’m shocked”

11. Aniha - boredom

This connotes boredom or finding something boring that you don't want to continue with.

Example: Me wɔ nneɛma pii yɛ nanso m’ani aha!

Meaning: I have a lot to do but I can’t be bothered.

12. Brɛ - Tiredness

Example: Ɛnnɛ mabrɛ!

Meaning: I’m tired today!

You can simply say “mabrɛ” which means “I’m tired”.

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