Fruits and Vegetables in Twi:
Orange – Akutu/Akutuo
Banana – Kwadu
Mango – Amango
Pawpaw – Bɔfre
Pineapple – Abrɔbɛ
Tomato – Ntoes
Pepper – Amako/Mako
Cocoyam – Mankani
Yam – Bayerɛ
Cassava – Bankye
Onion – Gyeyney
Okro – Nkruma
Garden Egg – Ntrowa/Nyaadowa
Nuts – Nkatiɛ
Colours in Twi Language:
Red – KɔKɔɔ
Black – Tumtum
White – Fitaa
Green – Ahaban Mono (Literal Translation: New Leaf)
Yellow – AkoKɔ Sradeɛ (Literal Translation: Chicken’ Oil)
Brown – Ahaban dada (Literal Translation: Old Leaf)
Dark – Tuum
Akan Twi Pidgin Dictionary:
Achormor – A long baked/ fried snack similar to bread sticks
Agaatha – Lollipop
Akpeteshie(Akpet) – Alcohol
Apio – Same as Akpeteshie
Apuskeleke – Descriptive term for woman wearing short and tight skirt or
simply tight clothing.
Azonto – Descriptive term for a high maintenance woman. or A popular
Cha Cha – Gambling
Chaley – A term casually used to call a friend. Similar to “Hey Dude, Hello
Mate, What’sup Bro”
Chisel – A miser or stingy person.
Chobo – Money taken from a given total through deliberate miss-accounting o.
E.g. The money stolen from the cashier by the shop assistant, without the shop
owners knowledge, is chobo.
Dropping – Privately Chartering a taxi. Note: Most Ghanaian taxis are run buses;
They follow routes and thus many individuals can get into one taxi heading to a
single destination. If you want to deviate from the drivers route, you have to
take a dropping.
Galamsey – Illegal mining
Guarantee – Long heeled women’s shoes
Joseph – Cat meat
Kayayo – A courier employed to carry goods to accompany a purchasing customer.
Kobɔlor – Vagabond
Lacoste – A polo shirt
Lift – Hitching a ride.
Mashke – Mashed Kenkey also known as Iced Kenkey.
Mobitel – Mobile phone
Oluman – Old man
Sakora – A hair style involving shaving all hair off, like a Shaolin.
Shashee – A promiscuous woman. Not to be confused with Ashawo. which is a
Shegelege – Commotion or Chaos
Skin Pain – A person not happy about other peoples successes. A hater.
Skin Tight – Tights, leggings or leotard.
Vamoose – Go away.
Vim – An expression for describing power, passion or enthusiasm. E.g. More vim –
Yawa – A description for something fake or disgraceful. E.g. ’She is yawa’.
Yoomo – A type of hair dye.
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