Akan (Twi) language
Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone is interested in learning the Akan (Twi) language. Currently I am quite busy studying other languages however if I were to learn an African language it would probably be the Amharic or the Akan (Twi) Language. Akan (Twi) and its dialects are the most widely spoken African language(s) in Ghana (correct me if I'm wrong). Anyways, I think it would be cool if Duolingo would add an African language(s) sometime in the future(when the time and resources are available). Anyways, I have also included some pictures of Ghana for you guys to see the beauty of this country. :)
A map of Ghana made from a satellite image. The large lake is the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area!
The rain forest canopy in Kakum National Park.
Elephants and Wild boar in Mole National Park.
lake Bosumtwi is a lake which formed in an ancient meteor impact.
Amansuri Conservation Area
Kente Cloth is a traditional Akan textile made of silk and/or cotton.
And last but definitely not least, the Ghanaian flag!
I hope you enjoyed it and possible this inspired some of you. If you are Ghanaian or Akan please correct me if I made any mistakes! It would be interesting to know if you guys are interested in the Akan (Twi) language as well. Thanks, Danke, Gracias, Спасибо and Me da wo ase! (Thank you!)
I would love to learn Twi on Duolingo. I'm currently self-studying the Ashanti dialect for a trip to Ghana I'm doing this fall~
It is really heartwarming to see your home country been posted here. And besides the amazing pictures, also interested in the Twi language. @Oesterreich7, you are absolutely right. The Twi language and its dialect are widely spoken in Ghana, but there are a lot of languages as well.
That's awesome. I am Glad you liked it. I love how Ghana and many other African countries are so linguistically diverse. :) Which Ghanaian languages do you speak if I may ask?
Have you applied to contribute to a Twi for English speakers course on Duolingo? I would really love if such a course were created and I hope Duolingo adds it in the near future! :) I'm thinking of possibly making a Duo goes to Ghana post sometime. If I will I will ask you for monuments and places you find typically Ghanaian and I should include. Thanks.
No I haven't. It'll be a great opportunity then. Yeah sure, you're welcome to ask when you're making your post.
I think I will start working on the post in a day or two. I would love your help/input/suggestions. Thanks. Good luck on the application. ;)
Yes! I would love to learn Twi on Duolingo. It would be great if I could converse with my Asante friends in their native language. Please make this happen Duolingo.
Hi guys, glad to have stumbled on this discussion. As a linguist born and raised in Kumasi, I have taken it upon myself to help my brothers and sisters in the diaspora to learn this beautiful language... for free. If any of you is still interested, you may check out my blog www.learnakan.com and its accompanying YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/learnakan.com. Thanks
I have struggled for two years to piece together Asante Twi learning materials - word by word, including going through every book in the Methi and other bookshops in Accra on my rushed occasional days in the city. Unbelievably hard! The best available book in the UK is a French one so slower for me. Thank you for your site - I hope to become a regular. Of course I must learn some Nafanra, some Mo, some goodness knows what else to be polite, but Twi is THE tool I must master.
Yes, I'm dying to learn Ghana Twi language. I would start using Duolingo again if it was available.
Ow man, that would be wonderfull... ;) my wife is from Ghana and i know some Twi, but it would be nice to be able to speak to her family...
I would love if Duolingo offered an Akan program! I would download and use that immediately!
I believe you're correct in stating that Akan Twi is the most widely spoken language next to English in Ghana. My wife is from Ghana and I have lived in Ghana for almost a year but I couldn't master the language yet. So I'd love to see a course on Duolingo.
I really want to learn Twi. I live in Rhode Island (I'm Haitian) and I go to a Ghanaian church. Almost everyone speaks Twi there.
There should be a stronger African presence here. You got an upvote from me.
I also believe that we should learn this language. I am Ghanaian myself and my Akan[Twi] is still kind of bad.
I don't know much about African languages but it surely would be an interesting experience to learn one. Let's hope there will be at least one released in the future here on Duolingo.
Have some lingots for introducing a new language to me. Thank you for the interesting post.
Of course!! My family is from Ghana but I've never been taught the language. I want so badly to learn it but there are hardly any online resources that wholly teach the language. I would so appreciate that and hopefully become good enough to speak with my family members in Twi c': Also, to say thank you, we mostly say "Medase wae"
No offence, but not a lot of people can invest in coming to Ghana just for some Twi lessons.
It sounds silly but I'm English of Jamaican descent and my ancestors came from Ghana, it would be amazing to learn the language.
The maroonian elders in the mountains of JA speak a dialect from ghana...I seen them speaking it on YouTube and the comment section for that video was filled with people from Ghana saying they understood the elder Jamaicans speaking the dialect....I think it was referred to as kromanti.
Strangely enough, I have been to Ghana, and have visited many of the places in the photographs.
Did you know that in Mole National Park, all safaris are done on foot rather than in vehicles?
Yeah, I read about that! Ghana must be an amazing place and is definitely on my "to visit list" if you haven't noticed. How was your trip?
It was very good - my first trip to anywhere in Africa except for Morocco. You just need to be prepared to rough it somewhat. Apart from the coast there's not really much tourist infrastructure and facilities tend to be rather basic.
I went on the previous version of this trip: https://www.explore.co.uk/holidays/kingdom-of-the-ashanti when the tour travelled up the east side of Lake Volta but didn't go further north than Mole NP.
We did visit Wli waterfall (pictured above), but the current tour misses it out as it is on the eastern border.
Hello, I was wondering how much Fante language differs from Akan, I heard that it is kind of a dialect? :-)
I had a Ghanian ( ?? ) national telling me it is asante Twi that is the main dialect .. Any clarification on these language groups ?
Omw it would be amazing if Twi (Akan) was included in Duolingo! I have been anxiously waiting to see if it would finally be added. This post really warmed my heart, thank you for this <3. I am Ghanaian but lived out of Ghana my whole life so my Twi is really rusty. I really hope they consider on including it, I would be over the moon if they did!
I so need a one place go-to for a working spoken knowledge of Asante Twi - and an agreed way of spelling would be nice too! Spent two years on and off piecing it together for myself as I work as a volunteer project manager in Ghana six weeks a year, never progressing my languages as I forget it all by next time! Bring on the Twi please :)
I'd be very interested. I spent 2 years in Ghana, but my Twi could use some help! Please DuoLingo!
Hello!, Thank you very much for your wonderful note! I am would love to see a Duo Lingo Twi program!
I would love to learn Twi :) I have some few words small shorts sentences in my vocabulary. The challenge for me is the pronunciation! Hopefully they will put this course up soon.
Would love to see a twi/Ghanaian course on here. My parents were born in Ghana, but being raised in London I'm quite embarrassed by my pronunciation and grammar! I can understand other people, but can't piece together sentences myself.
swahili will probably come first, but I also hope that akan will come here. Lingots for you.
Yeah, I think Akan will be a very useful language since Ghana is becoming an African economic hub, :) I also hope they add it but I guess your right that Swahili will probably come first since it is better know and spoken by more people. BTW, you're so generous. Thanks for the Lingots. I wasn't really expecting that! ;)
I'm very sorry if any rude comments were made on this with my account,it was my younger sibling and maybe next time i will learn to log out before I leave the computer.
Welcome is "akwaaba". There isn't really a word for good luck as most Ghanaians are religious and believe in God. The closest to it might be to say "wo tiri nkwa" which means may it go well with you. Not quite sure how to say have a good summer. It's not an expression I hear people use in Twi. Normally people will simply say good morning "maakye" or the more formal version "mema wo aakye". Hope this helps.
I'm also first generation Ghanaian; while my conversational skills are decent enough to avoid embarrassment when speaking to others and I can understand most any conversation, I'd love to delve more into the language, learn how to write it properly, and gain a larger vocabulary. I really hope that duolingo is still considering adding Twi to their languages!!
I'm from Ghana and since I came to America I'm losing my native tongue so it would be great if Duolingo had it to keep me sharp.
I, myself, am not Ghanaian but my best friend is and I would love to see this as an option on Duolingo
As a half Ghanaian who doesn't speak it I would love to be able to learn it!
Yes, I would love to see Twi or Fante added to Duolingo. It is a relatively easy language to learn and would be very useful for someone who is planning on visiting Ghana.
I even have a number of connections in Ghana who could help contribute to development.
there is no literal translation. but u can say etesen which means hello how r u doin or hi how are u doing
I'd love to see Twi as an option on Duolingo! I'm a first-generation born american with my parents from Ghana and can barely speak the language. :( Although, I can comprehend it. Other friends of mine deal with the same issue. Duolingo Twi as an available tool would help save me from the embarrassment of having someone translate what I'm trying to say to some of my relatives not as fluent in english lol. Found this out the hard way on my first trip to Ghana for study abroad and reluctantly needing my guide to translate as I spoke with my grandma on my first ever encounter with her!
If this ever comes around, I would love to be updated!! Thanks.
I am a first-gen Ghanaian as well! However, I wish to see Ghana as a language that I would be able to learn not only because I am not fluent in the language, but Ghana itself is pretty underrated, being the first independent country in Africa and also being a prosperous kingdom in the ancient world (which is why it is called the "Gold Coast").
Actually, the English colonizers called it the gold coast when they took over, because they found a lot of gold there.
I am the first generation in my family born in america also i speak little twi but I want to more fluent in it. It would be awesome to have twi available as choice of language on duolingo.
Same with me, my sisters and I are also first generation American and we would love for Duolingo to add Twi. I've been searching for years
I lived in Ghana for two years.. There are a lot of languages spoken, but almost everyone speaks or understands Twi. And it is the easiest to learn.
The amount that is on Memrise now won't take long to finish. I'd suggest Learn Akan with Yaw on YouTube. He's excellent
It is too bad it's not very popular. Nykea makes a Twi app for iPhone if anyone wants to learn. The developer of that app is interested in making money. I think an issue with Duolingo model is that people are not really motivated to create courses for little known languages for free.
I am interested in learning Akan Twi. I've just started on Memrise, but it would be nice to do all my languages on Duolingo because the method is very good. By the way, I love your pictures.
I would love to join learning Twi! My friend is from Accra/Ghana and I am godmother to her four daughters (all born in Germany). Together we visited Ghana in 2011 and I would love to travel there again. So I would like to prepare!
Beautiful photos!!! Thank you <3
It would be really nice, if I had to learn an African language, Akan or Tswana would be cool to begin with.