Bɔ Mmɔden vs. Sɔ Hwɛ

“Bɔ mmɔden” and “sɔ hwɛ” are both phrasal verbs that mean “to try”, but they aren’t the same, and you cannot use them interchangeably. If

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English Translation of “ɔwɔ”

ɔwɔ noun


  1. snake
  • ɔwɔ aka Afia | a snake has bitten Afia
  • Amakye nsuro ɔwɔ | Amakye isn’t afraid of a snake
  • ɔwɔ no maa Hawa aprɛ diiɛ | the snake gave Eve an apple to eat

ɔwɔ phrase


  1. he/she has
  • ɔwɔ sika | he/she has money
  • yɛnni sika mpo a, yɛwɔ asomdwoeɛ | even if we don’t have money, we have peace
  • ɔwɔ aboterɛ | he/she has patience

ɔwɔ phrase


  1. he/she pounds
  • ɔwɔ fufuo | he/she pounds fufu
  • ɔnwɔ fufuo | he/she doesn’t pound fufu

ɔwɔ phrase


  1. he/she is (location/existence “to be”: at/in)
  • ɔwɔ fie | he/she is at home
  • ɔwɔ Ɔsoro Ahemman mu | he/she is in heaven
  • ɔwɔ kurom | he/she is in town

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