Ghana, a sub-Saharan country, boasts of a population that expresses itself in a myriad of ways.
Some words or expressions carry several meanings, and one’s inability to decipher the context in which a word is used often leaves almost everyone in state of confusion.
YEN.com.gh brings to you 5 different ways Ghanaians use the very popular local word ‘Chale’.
1. In reference to flip flops
In this instance, the word ‘Chale’ is the shortened form of ‘Chalewote’, loosely referring to flip flops. ‘Chalewote’, in the Ga language, however means, ‘my friend, let’s go’.
2. When calling out to a friend
‘Chale’ could also mean ‘friend’. In this context, the expression is an informal way of drawing someone’s attention to something.
3. When issuing a warning
The same word ‘Chale’, with an angry facial expression, is used as a caution to someone. An angry facial expression would serve the purpose of the use of the word in this context.
4. To draw attention to someone or something
‘Chale’, again serves the purpose of drawing someone’s attention to something or someone. In this regard, it also becomes an unconscious way of referring to a situation or an issue, to bring an awareness to it.
5. To express excitement
‘Chale’ could again come in when one is thrilled. In this scenario, it is used when one is excitedly communicating with another person.
It serves the purpose of causing the listener to attempt imagining the scenario being described.
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