Learning Ghanaian languages: Twi, etc.



there's a language family in Ghana it's called a con the akan family which is legend has it that is sort of the original family that spoke that's a con language but as they grew as a population growing things they needed to sort of find new land and find new space to live and so Ghana has a number of languages that branched off of the akan the original akan language Sochi is one of those branches or Ponte Ponte is another branch which they speak in Cape Coast down in the South but they're really close so like if you have a chi speaker and a fonti speaker they'll understand each other even though he'll speak Chi and he'll speak Ponte they can have a conversation because they're relatively similar they have the same root language even though they're pretty different to the ear they can understand each other very well so she fluently because me I wasn't fluent and she and so they sounded quite different to me but to their ears there was enough that they could communicate so interesting and there's other con languages like Bono and different things they can all sort of understand each other but she is the biggest con language like that most population of speakers in Ghana and they say that the economy of the Senegal area which is a way west coast Africa sort of by the Gambia over that that there's a tribe over there that kind of came down the west coast came into what is today Ghana and they sort of settled there and so that's the history they don't know African history isn't very well recorded they have really hard time keeping records but that's like mouth to mouth at least that's the legend behind it Bochy it's a very simple language it's written language too I learned how to read and read it but I didn't always know what I was saying because they use English letters but there are certain letters that aren't included and there are some letters that are excluded from English and they just pronounce it differently so like we say a they say ah and we're B and they back so I base it day yeah it's very like a lots of a and the to include the two letters they have that we don't have is all and a so all is like backwards C so there's o and that's all so that's how you pronounce it then there's e and then there's a which is like a backwards it's kind of a three yeah it's like rounded around around backwards no not even backwards here normal three yeah and you pronounce it a so they have a phrase at the same which is like how are you at this thing and that S sound is the is the three the yeah I don't how to explain it but um like I said before since we're not allowed missionaries weren't allowed to teach the chief speakers who didn't speak English and so very few missionaries learn it fluently because there's very little incentive I'm even if you learn it we weren't allowed to teach in it so even if you could speak it fluently it was sort of against mission rules to teach and Chi if the person didn't speak English and so a lot of missionaries wouldn't learn it fluently but they would learn it enough to communicate with everybody but the Ghanaians love it when you do speak their language when you speak she to them they they naturally feel this a kinship towards the missionaries you know it's easier to get in their houses it's easier to talk to them they even though Ghanaians are the friendliest people you'll meet on earth really yeah even even with a nap people say Africans are friendly ganas sort of the epitome of friendly Africa friendliest people but then speaking their language just makes it that much better for them and so mention one is at to saying which is how are you and the response would be a a which means like I'm fine or another response to that would be both call which is like cool I'm cool everything's cool another common one is Walden design which is what is your name and the response would be made in day Seth or whatever if you're an elder my name is elder Taylor and you have to say it sort of in their accent should be madenda at the Taylor so the ers they don't have or they don't pronounce they think it's really difficult and so ER ends up something like an a like an O so the Elda Elda teyla was my name so Meagan Dale de Taylor my name is Hannah Taylor Wolfe rehang it means sounds funny huh whoo free hands like where are you from and you'd say me free us or me free Ghana or wherever you're from Ian Cempaka whoa it's a we are missionaries yeah yeah we are an instant pakka flaw is missionaries so we are missionaries that's sometimes how we didn't reduce ourselves people so yeah that's just a couple phrases from Qi sounds kind of funny and my accent sounds funny I'm sure but um that's how they say it a lot of Americans and they go they'll don't speak tree but with like an American accent and it just isn't doesn't sound as authentic so if you go and you try to learn their language listen to them really closely and try to move your mouth the way they move their mouth I try to sound the way that they sound because it's not just about saying a word but saying it the way that they say it it becomes really meaningful to them

29 thoughts on “Learning Ghanaian languages: Twi, etc.”

  1. Great representatives not only of your mission but of America. One comes away with a positive impression about these individuals.

  2. point of corrections. there's no other language call fante. The name fante Is a name given to one of the Akans group's. The group's of Akans are, Ashanties, Nfanties, Bono, Kwawu, Akyem, Akuapem, and the rest. they all speak a language call ( TWI.) You can identify them by their accent. so the name Nfante is not a language but a name given to that group of people. Nfanties speak TWI as well but with different accent. thanks.

  3. Edward Anokye, I guess you don't know. Akan is the tribe. Asante, Fante, etc. My grandmother used to say Akaniba. With in Akan are Nton. The white man learned about us. You are from Ghana but didn't know.

  4. Just hearing you say Ghana is the friendliest country in Africa puts a huge smile on my face and brightens my day. You're cute btw ☺ #Ghanaian far away from home!

  5. am impressed how u remember all these stuff and u did well in the pronunciation of the local language.God bless u and i hope u visit GH again.

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