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Ewe phrasebook

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Ewe (Èʋe or Èʋegbe) is a language spoken in parts of Ghana and Togo in the region of West Africa.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Alphabets[edit]

Aa /a/
Bb /b/
Dd /d/
Ɖɖ /ɖ/
Ee /e/,/ə/
Ɛɛ /ɛ/
Ff /f/
Ƒƒ /ɸ/
Gg /ɡ/
Ɣɣ /ɣ/
Hh /h/
Ii /i/
Kk /k/
Ll /l/
Mm /m/
Nn /n/
Ŋŋ /ŋ/
Oo /o/
Ɔɔ /ɔ/
Pp /p/
Rr /r/
Ss /s/
Tt /t/
Uu /u/
Vv /v/
Ʋʋ /β/
Ww /w/
Xx /x/
Yy /j/
Zz /z/


Vowels[edit]

a e ɛ i o ɔ u

Consonants[edit]

Bb Dd Ɖɖ Ff Ƒƒ Gg Ɣɣ Hh Kk Ll Mm Nn Ŋŋ Pp Rr Ss Tt Vv Ʋʋ Ww Xx Yy Z z

Common diphthongs[edit]

dz, gb, kp, ny, ts,

Phrase list[edit]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.

Basics[edit]

Welcome.
Woezɔ (wayzo)
Ok (response to welcome)
Yo
Hello.
Alekay
Response to hello
Miledzi (melujee)
How are you? 
Efɔa? (Ayfwa)
Yes am fine
E mefɔ (ay mayfo)
What is your name? 
Ŋkɔ wo de? (n-kɔ wo-day)
My name is ______ . 
ŋkɔ nyee nye/ Nye ŋkɔe nye ______.
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
Meɖekuku.
Thanks. 
Akpe.
You're welcome/It's a pleasure
Me suakpe oo : . ( )
Yes. 
E. (ay)
No. 
Ao
Excuse me. (getting attention
Agoo. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Babalo.
Goodbye ( I am going
Me dzo (mayjo)
We will meet again 
Mia ga do go
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
I'm learning Eʋegbe 
Me le eʋegbe srɔm
Do you speak English? 
Edo na yevugbea?/Edoa yevugbea (ah-doh-ny yeh-voo-bay?) ese yevugbea?
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Ame aɖe do na yevugbe le afisia? ( ?)
Help me!
Xɔnam/Kpeɖe nu nye ! ( !)
Look out!
Kpɔ ɖá ! ( !)
Good morning. 
Ŋdi. (n-dee )
Good afternoon. 
Ŋdɔ. (n-doh)
Good evening. 
Fie. (fee-ay)
Good night (to sleep
za nenyo
I am going to bed/sleep 
Me yina amyi mlofe
I don't understand. 
Nya me se egVmeo.: nye me se egɔme o
Where is the toilet? 
Fika afɔdzi le? ( Fee-kah a-foh-le day?): fikae afɔdzi deƒe le?
fikae ŋgodo xɔ le?
Foreigner/white person 
Yevu

Problems[edit]

I am sick 
medɔlem/medzedɔ
Sickness 
dɔlele
Hurt/Injured 
nuveviewom/mexɔabi (noo vah vee-ay wohm)

Numbers[edit]

Zero 
deke
One 
deka,ɖeka,Ɖeka
Two 
eve (ev-ee)
Three 
etor, etɔ̃
Four 
ene
Five 
ator, atɔ̃
Six 
ade
Seven 
andre, adre
Eight 
enyi
Nine 
ashieke (a-shee-kee), asieke
Ten 
ewo
Eleven 
wideke, wiɖeke
Twelve 
wieve
Thirteen 
wietor, wietɔ̃
Twenty 
blaeve
Twenty-One 
blave vor deke, Blaeve-vɔ-ɖeke
Twenty-Two 
blave vor eve,Blaeve-vɔ-eve
Thirty 
bla etor, Blaetɔ̃
Thirty-One 
blator vor deka, Blaetɔ̃-vɔ-ɖeke
Forty 
bla ene, Blaene
Fifty 
bla ator, Blaatɔ̃
Sixty 
bla ade, Blaade
Seventy 
bla andre, Blaadre
Eighty 
bla enyi, Blaenyi
Ninety 
bla ashieke, Blaasieke
One Hundred 
alafa, Alafã

Time[edit]

Today 
egbe
Tomorrow
etso (etch-o)

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

MONDAY 
DZOĐA
TUESDAY 
BLAĐA
WEDNESDAY 
KUĐA
THURSDAY 
YAWOĐA
FRIDAY 
FIĐA
SATURDAY 
MEMLIĐA
SUNDAY 
KWASIĐA

Months[edit]

There are 13 months by Ewe peoples
1- Dzove → from 1st Jannuary to 28st Jannuary. ( 28 days )
2- Dzodze → from 29st Jannuary to 26st February.( 29 days )
3- Tedoxe → from 27st February to 26st March. ( 28 days or 29 days if February is 29 days )
4- Afɔfie → from 27st March to 23st April.( 28 days )
5- Dame → from 24st April to 21st May.( 28 days )
6- Masa → from 22st May to 18st June. ( 28 days )
7- Siamlɔm → from 19st June to 16st July. ( 28 days )
8- Deasiamime → from 17st July to 13st Auguste.( 28 days )
9- Anyonyo → from 14st Auguste to 10st September.( 28 days )
10- Kele → from 11st September to 8st October.( 28 days )
11- Adeamekpɔxe → from 9st October to 5st November.( 28 days )
12- Dzome → from 6st November to 3st December.( 28 days )
13- Ƒoave → from 4st December to 31st December.( 28 days )

Writing time and date[edit]

Colours---Amadedewo[edit]

red, reddish
dzĩ̍é
green
dáma̍, gbemu

Yellow or Orange → Aŋtitsiɖiɖi Black → Yibɔ White → Ɣee or Ɣie Blue → Blɔ

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Money 
Ga
How much? 
Ho neni? (Hoh neh-nee)

Eating[edit]

Food 
nududu, Nuɖuɖu
Cooking
nudada, Nuɖaɖa
Breakfast 
ndi nududu, ŋdi nuɖuɖu
Lunch 
ndor nududu, ŋdɔ nuɖuɖu
Dinner 
fie nududu, fiɛnyi nuɖuɖu
Water 
etsi (etch-ee), etsi
Milk
Nyinotsi
Tea 
tí (tea) Ti
Plantain (Banana)
akodu
Bread
abolo
Pineapple 
atortor (a-toh-toh)
Mango 
mango
Coconut 
ené
Papaya (paw paw
adiba
Tomato 
tomato, Timati
Maize 
ebli, Bli
Meat
La
Rice 
morlu, Mɔlu
Fish 
ndonui, Akpa, tomela
Chicken 
kloklo, Koklo
Egg 
kloklodzi (klo-klo-jee), Koklozi
Beans 
ayi
Stew 
tadi, Atadi
Soup 
detsi (dech-ee)
Bread 
aboloo/ yevubolo
Onion : Sabala

Bars[edit]

ahazdraƒe

Shopping[edit]

Market 
asime (ah-see-may)
I want (a) _______ 
Medje ______ (meh-jee _______)
I have (a) _______ 
________ le asinye (________ luh ah seen yah)
Sell 
nudzra (noo-jra)→ Ŋudzadzra
Buy 
nupeple (noo-pay-play)→ Ŋuƒeƒle

To buy → Ƒle ŋu

To sell → Dzra ŋu
BOOK →Agbale

Driving[edit]

Road 
eʋumɔ
Car 
eʋuvi

Authority[edit]

Government 
dzidudu (jee-doo-doo), Dziɖuɖu

Animals and Insects[edit]

Bird 
Xe (heh)
Lizard 
adoglo
Mouse 
afi
Goat 
Gbɔ
Cow 
nyi
Cat 
dadi
Dog 
avu
Monkey 
kese
Elephant 
atsiglini, Atsiglinyi
Crocodile 
alo, Lo
Bee 
anyi
Mosquito 
amu, Mu
Housefly 
tagbatsutsu ( tag-bah choo choo)
Butterfly 
kpakpaluhɔe (k-pak-paw-hoo-ay)
Tse Tse Fly 
togbato
Ant 
Anyidi
Termite
Baba
sheep 
a̍lẽ́

Learning more[edit]

mobile phone

kaƒomɔ

Phone number

kaƒo dzesi

medicine

atike

soap

dzale

Hospital

dɔyɔƒe/ kɔdzi

Rice

mɔlu

Christmas blonya

Merry Christmas to you

ƒenawo

Happy new year to you

ƒe yeye nawo

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