Let's Speak Twi: A Proficiency Course in Akan Language and Culture

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Let?s Speak Twi is an introductory language-learning textbook for speakers of English and other languages who seek proficiency in Akan Twi, the most widely used and understood native language of Ghana. Included in the book are several practice exercises and activities; an extensive range of culturally relevant topics and dialogues; lists of idiomatic, colloquial, and euphemistic expressions; a reference glossary; and tips on culturally appropriate behavior.

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Overview

Let’s Speak Twi is an introductory language-learning textbook for speakers of English and other languages who seek proficiency in Akan Twi, the most widely used and understood native language of Ghana. Included in the book are several practice exercises and activities; an extensive range of culturally relevant topics and dialogues; lists of idiomatic, colloquial, and euphemistic expressions; a reference glossary; and tips on culturally appropriate behavior.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575866048
  • Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,102,587
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Adams Bodomo is associate professor in and chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong. Charles Marfo is a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Lauren Hall-Lew is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English and linguistics, philology, and phonetics at the University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Greetings & Other Phatic Expressions - Nkyèá né Nsεm Bí 1

2 Twi Orthography - Twi Àtwèrε 6

3 Introducing Oneself - Òbí Réyí Nò Hó Ádíé 8

4 Numerals - Nkóntá / Àkòntàbúdéε 14

5 Telling Time: Days of the Week & Months of the Year - Mmrε kà, Nná á εw nàwtwé mú, Àbòsómé á εw$ àfé mú 19

6 Directions - Àkwànkyèrε 25

7 Family Relations - Àbùsùàb 31

8 Types of Food: Meat, Vegetables & Fruits - Nnùàné: εnám, Àtòsòdéε né Nnùàbá Áhóró Bí 38

9 At the Market - W Dwám / Èdwá só 44

10 The Twi Colour Spectrum - Twi Àhósú Áhódó 49

11 At School - Sùkúù Mú 52

12 The Weather - Èwíém Nsèsàéε 58

13 At the Hospital - W Àyàrèsábéá 62

14 In the Drinking Bar - W Nsàdwáásé 70

15 Travelling: Twi for the Road - Àkwántúó: Twí à Èhíá w Kwán mú 77

16 Leisure time: Drumming and Dancing - Àhóyábérε / Àhòmègyébérε: Twènèb né Àsá 83

17 At a Funeral - W Àyíéásé 87

18 Flora & Fauna - Àfìfìdéε nè Mmóádómá 93

19 Government & Politics - Àbán né Àmànysεm 98

20 Law & Order - Mmèrá né Nhyèhyεèε 104

21 Applications and interviews - Nhwèhwεèε né mú Nsεmmìsá 109

Appendix A Facts to note in pronunciation - Nnèεmá títìré bí áà εw kàsàéε mú 114

Appendix B Idiomatic and common expressions - Àkàsàkòá né dáádáá Nsεmbìsá bí 123

Appendix C Some essential euphemisms - Kàsàkòá áhódó bí á à εhó híá 125

Appendix D Àdìnkrá - Symbols of expressions in Akan 127

Appendix E Word list (Akan-Twi to English) - nsεmfùá bí 130

Appendix F References / Resources for Learning Twi 135

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