Learn Ghanaian Pidgin
Here are some common phrases I hear/use everyday, and my subjective translation to English.
Chalé wasop?!= Yo What’s up?
Ah dey oo! What be da action plus you? = I’m chillin. What’s up with you?
Chalé Ah just dey! = I’m just chillin, man.
Chalé Make we go = Let’s go
I de speak Pidgin small small = I speak pidgin a little bit
My mind dey for anything = I’m down for what ever
Chalé I make nice = Yo, I’m feeling great
Obroni you de force = Whiteman, you are trying
Hope everything nice for your side = Hope all is well
I go see you morrow = See you tomorrow
Talk them say I dey greet them = Tell them I say hi
Ah dey come rydee, make you no worry = I’ll be right back, don’t worry
Ah de chock dems den we go come you barb? = I’m waiting for them then we’re going to come, go it?
Chalé I make sorry waa bah ah no go comout again I tiya waa = I’m very sorry but I’m not going out again I’m really tired.
I no fit chop sake of I sati rough = I can’t eat because I’m too full
like joke like joke = times flew by, I can’t believe it’s over
I dey come = I’m coming, which in English translations to “I’m leaving and coming back”
wey tin man no see before= what ever happens, happens
Chalé day break! =good morning
man tiya woman no no= I’m fed up (literally…man is tired and the woman don’t even know)
you fuck up= you’re kidding!/you’re funny
we go crosh= see you later/around
safe = be safe
one = one love
make we link up morrow = let’s meet up tomorrow
I booze rough = I drake too much
I make fine = I’m drunk
Masa, that thing/level no dey oo = Man! You’ve taken this too far/ That’s enough
you de bore me saf! = you’re really pissing me off
why you dawg me sof? = why are you ignoring me?
you make I make sad = you’re making me sad/you messed up my day
I de hung baaaaaad! =I’m SO hungry
My Obroni friends and I make up our own Pidgin.
I de go vom = I’m going to throw up (vomit)
Yesti I make diedie = Yesterday I had diarrhea
Make I blast your head ?= Can I poop on your head?
I de wan go chop something tantalizing = I wanna go eat Luisa’s food
I de go pop pills = I’m going to take my malaria medication
It’s so f*@#ing hot = I’m so fu@#ing hot
Charlie you de swag oo = you’re all swagged out/dressing nice!