Here’s a handy guide of Do’s and Don’ts for a few Ghanaian phrases to keep you out of jail.
1.) “Flash me.”
DON’T: Yank up your shirt, wiggling your bare chest and screaming, “Throw me some Mardi Gras beads, baby!”
DO: Call the person on their cell phone.
DON’T: Sprint away from the person at top speed, hollering: “Eat my dust, tortoise!”
DO: Give the person a tip for their services. (Or, if they actually did nothing to merit appreciation pay and are just trying to get money, don’t give them anything!)
3.) “Do you have a rubber?”
DO: Politely hand the person a plastic bag for their belongings.
4.) A phrase that sounds a lot like: “Ma boner”
DON’T: Take the phrase for what it sounds like in American English and slap the person in the face.
DO: Know that the person is kindly informing you in the Ewe language that they will be over soon to meet you.
DON’T: Leap onto a table to hide from oncoming snakes. Also, don’t accuse the person of trying to scare you through cobra impersonations.
DO: Understand that the man or woman is asking you to please come closer to them to discuss something.
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