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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