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

Areas where the Ewe language is spoken are shown in yellow.

Pronunciation guideEdit

AlphabetsEdit

Aa /a/
Bb /b/
Dd /d/
Ɖɖ /ɖ/
Ee /e/,/ə/
Ɛɛ /ɛ/
Ff /f/
Ƒƒ /ɸ/
Gg /ɡ/
Ɣɣ /ɣ/
Hh /h/
Xx /x/
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/
Yy /j/
Zz /z/

VowelsEdit

a e ɛ i o ɔ u

ConsonantsEdit

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 diphthongsEdit

dz, gb, kp, ny, ts,

Phrase listEdit

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BasicsEdit

Welcome.
Woezɔ (wayzor)
Ok (response to welcome)
Yoo
Hello.
Alekay (Alehkay?)
Response to hello
Miledzi (mileh ehjee)
How are you?
Efɔa? (Ehfoa)
Yes am fine
E mɛfɔ (ay mehfor)
What is your name?
Ŋkɔ wo de? (n-kɔ wo-day)
My name is ______ .
ŋkɔ nyɛ enyɛ/ Nyɛ ŋkɔ enyɛ ______.
Please.
Mɛɖɛkuku.
Thanks.
Akpɛ. (Akpeh)
You're welcome/It's a pleasure
Mɛ sɔ akpɛ o : . (Meh sor akpeh o )
Yes.
E. (ay)
No.
Ao
Excuse me. (getting attention)
Agoo. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
. ( )
I'm sorry.
Baba.
Goodbye ( I am going)
Me dzo (meh jo)
We will meet again
Mia ga do go
I can't speak Ewe [well].
Nyɛ mɛ se ɛʋɛgbɛ o (Nyeh meh seh veh gbeh o )
I'm learning Ɛʋɛgbɛ
Mɛ lɛ ɛʋɛgbɛ srɔm
Do you speak English?
Ɛdo na yevugbɛa?/Ɛdoa yevugbɛa (Eh doah Yevugbeh a?) Ɛsɛ yevugbɛa?
Does anyone here speak English?
Amɛ adɛ do na yevugbɛ le afisia? ( ?)
Help me!
Xɔnam/Kpɛɖɛ nu nyɛ ! ( !)
Look out!
Kpɔ ɖá ! ( !)
Good morning.
Ŋdi. (n-dee )
Good afternoon.
Ŋdɔ. (n-doh)
Good evening.
Fie. (fee-ay)
Good night (to sleep)
za nɛnyo/ dɔdɔ nɛnyo (Doh doh neh nyo)
I am going to bed/sleep
Mɛ yina anyi mlɔfe
I don't understand.
Nyɛ mɛ sɛ ɛgɔmɛo.: nyɛ mɛ sɛ egɔme o
Where is the toilet?
Fika afɔdzi lɛ? ( Fee-kah a-foh-le day?): fikae afɔdzi dɛƒɛ lɛ?
fikae ŋgodo xɔ lɛ?
White person
Yevu (Yevu comes from Ayevu, meaning a cunning dog)
Visitor
amedzroe

ProblemsEdit

I am sick
mɛdɔlɛm/mɛdzɛdɔ
Sickness
dɔlɛlɛ
Hurt/Injured
nuvɛviewɔm/mɛxɔabi (noo vah vee-ay wohm)

NumbersEdit

Zero
dɛkɛ
One
dɛka,ɖɛka,Ɖɛka
Two
eve (ev-ee)
Three
ɛtor, ɛtɔ̃
Four
ene
Five
ator, atɔ̃
Six
adɛ
Seven
andrɛ, adrɛ
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

TimeEdit

Today
egba
Tomorrow
etso (etch-o)

Clock timeEdit

Game

DurationEdit

DaysEdit

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

MonthsEdit

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

Writing time and dateEdit

Colours---AmadedewoEdit

red, reddish
dzĩ̍é
green
dáma̍, gbemu

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

TransportationEdit

Bus and trainEdit

DirectionsEdit

TaxiEdit

LodgingEdit

MoneyEdit

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

EatingEdit

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
ablajo
Banana
akɔdu
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 (Day-see)
Bread
Akponoh (ah-(k)poh nuh)
Onion
Sabouleh

BarsEdit

ahadzraƒe

ShoppingEdit

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

DrivingEdit

Road
eʋumɔ
Car
eʋuvi

AuthorityEdit

Government
dzidudu (jee-doo-doo), Dziɖuɖu

Animals and InsectsEdit

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 moreEdit

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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