Tikya Yaw

STEPHEN AWIBA, known here as YAW, is the founding editor of LEARNAKAN.COM and LEARNAKANDICTIONARY.COM. He was born and raised in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital of Ghana, where Akan (Asante Twi) is spoken as the first language. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana and an MPhil in English Linguistics and Language Acquisition from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Learn Twi With Public Inscriptions: “Medaase”

If this isn’t your first time discovering LEARNAKAN, then you most definitely know what today’s inscription mean. And even if you just came by LEARNAKAN, chances are you already know what today’s phrase mean if you’re this interested in the Akan language and Ghana in general to have landed here. Today’s inscription is “medaase”. This …

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Learn Twi With Public Inscriptions: “Aboterɛ Yɛ”

Onua, akwaaba! Welcome to our second post in our series on learning Twi with public inscriptions. In our first one, we looked at the inscription “Onyame Akwan” on a trotro, arguably the most common means of transport in Ghana. I want us to follow that up with yet another inscription on another trotro. Today’s inscription …

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Learn Twi With Public Inscriptions: “Onyame Akwan”

If you’ve ever been to Ghana, or you’re currently in the country, one of the most common phenomena that you may have come by is public inscriptions. On both public and private vehicles, shops, the front of people’s houses, you’ll find inscriptions everywhere! I’m not sure exactly how long this practice has existed, but I …

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