Here are some basic words from the tribal language in Cape Coast, Ghana, where the Bros host us. Of course, they speak English too. But Fante is more fun! Ignore my spelling, because I wrote their words how we will SAY them:
Thank you = maydasi; your welcome = may su medasi
No thank you = may n dasi
Good morning = mah chi
Good afternoon = mah ha
Good night = mah jwi
upon entering a room/house = ah go; response is ah may
How are you? = oatsay den? or eti sane?
I’m fine = bokoh or eh yeh or me hoye
By God’s grace = Nyame ahdome
Welcome = Akwaaba; response: yoh
Other greeting responses = ya nya (equal) ya ejah (elder)
What’s your name = wo hoatsay den? or ye fro o sehn?
My name is = ye fremi…
I like... = maypay…
Do you like… = wo pay…
A lot = peeeee or papaapa
A little bit = kiti kiti kiti
x is beautiful = x ye fay
You are beautiful/handsome = wo hoye fay
God bless you = Nyame inshirawu
After a sneeze… = inkwa (to your health)
Yes = inyo; No = oho or dabe
You are my new friend = oye maydanfu
I don’t understand = may n tsesi
I have no $ = may nyishka
I have returned = mah bah
I am tired = mahbray
Sleep well = Da iyay
I slept well = maydah papaapa
Where are you going? Erekwohin?
I’m going… = May reko…
Look! = tshay!
Dance! = Sah!
Water = nsu