Popular Akan Twi Idioms You Need to Know


Have you ever heard an idiomatic expression in Twi and wondered what it meant?

An idiom can be defined as figurative as it is made up of a group of words which do not make sense literally. In the article we will have a look at 9 idioms and their meanings in Twi.

We don’t expect you to know all of these as more advanced learners and native Twi speakers are most likely to use them in day to day interactions.



1. W’aso yɛ den

Meaning: You’re stubborn

This literally translates to: your ear is hard


2. N'ano yɛ toro

Meaning: Gossiper

This literally translates to: Your mouth is slippery


3. N'ano yɛ duru

Meaning: Can keep a secret

This literally translates to: He/she has a heavy mouth


4. Pa no ho ntoma

Meaning: To expose someone/thing

This literally translates to: Sew fabric for him/her


5. Mɛte wo to

Meaning: I will expose you

This literally translates to: I will scratch your bottom


6. Yareɛ bi abɛtena no so

Meaning: He/she is sick

This literally translates to: A sickness has sat on him/her


7. W’ayi me baako ahyɛ me nsa

Meaning: Unwillingly alone

This literally translates to: He/she has put one in my hand


8. M’ani awu

Meaning: I’m embarrassed

This literally translates to: My eyes are dead


9. Ma wo nan yɛ ntiantia

Meaning: To go somewhere regularly/ always available

This literally translates to: Make your legs short



Did you recognise any of these idioms? Or do you know any that we didn’t include in this blog post? Then let us know, we’d be delighted to hear from you!


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