YƐMA WO AKWAABA!
The year 2016 saw the birth of LEARNAKAN, a rather broad initiative aimed at promoting the reading, writing, and speaking of the Akan language across the globe. The flagship offshoot of this project, LEARNAKAN.COM, was launched on July 17, 2016 to teach various aspects of the language to learners around the world.
LEARNAKANDICTIONARY.COM, followed two years later as the second baby of the LEARNAKAN Project. Launched on March 6, 2018, LEARNAKANDICTIONARY.COM aims to be your ultimate online destination for both English to Twi and Twi to English translations. The site is ideal for Twi learners of all levels, linguists, and other professionals who use the Twi dialect in their line of work.
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I’m Stephen Awiba, popularly known here as YAW. I am the founder of LEARNAKAN.
I was born and grew up in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital of Ghana, where Akan (Asante Twi) is spoken as the first language.
Beyond acquiring the language from home as a child, I have also had the opportunity of studying it as a school subject at both the basic and high school levels. Again, my love for the workings of the language saw me pursuing a degree in Linguistics at the University of Ghana, taking a number of Akan-related courses. In 2014, I moved to Norway to pursue an MPhil in English Linguistics and Language Acquisition at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, graduating in 2016 with a thesis on humour in Akan dramatic discourse.
Which Dialect of Akan?
At the moment, all entries on this site, all lessons on LEARNAKAN.COM and on our YouTube channel, as well as content in all our books are in the Asante Twi dialect of the Akan language. Asante Twi is the most-spoken dialect of the Akan language. It is our ambition to broaden the scope in the future by bringing in other tutors to teach other popular dialects of Akan.