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Ghana Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette

Mepa wo kyɛw ma me _____ gyerase baako.May I have a cup of _____? Mepa kyɛw ma me _____ kɔɔpo baako.May I have a bottle of _____? Mepa kyɛw ma me _____ bɔtel baako.coffeekɔfemilkmeleketeatiijuicewaternsuobeerbiɛɛalcoholnsaMay I have some _____? A table for one person/two people, please.mepaakyɛw mayɛ ɛpono baako/mmienu.Can I look at the menu, please? (literally. Do you have something from the house/this country?)Mo wo deɛ ɛfiri Ghana? (literally. Do you have something from Ghana?)Mo wo aduane a ɛfiri Ghana?

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The entire family shares any loss of honour, which makes the culture a collective one. In order to protect this sense of face there is a need to maintain a sense of harmony; people will act with decorum at all times to ensure they do 50mm lens street photography not cause anyone embarrassment. The six-day week is referred to as nnanson (literally seven-days) and reflects the lack of zero in the numbering systems. To say “do you want to dance me” in the Twi language say “wo pɛ sɛ wo sa?

Read our guide to Ghanaian Management Culture for specific information on this topic. First meetings may also tend to be a little more stiff and formal although once a rapport has been built this will soon dissipate. It is important to maintain a polite and somewhat reserved demeanor. Business cards are exchanged without formal ritual. If you do not want to eat with your hands then ask for utensils.

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Christians will generally shake hands between the sexes; practising Muslims often will not shake hands with people of the opposite sex. When shaking hands between themselves Ghanaians will hold the right hand in the normal manner but will then twist and click each other’s middle finger. There are over 100 ethnic groups living in Ghana. The largest are Akan, Moshi-Dagbani, Ewe, and Ga.