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Akan  
Tongue Twisters
 
 The Akans form about 44?f the total population of Ghana. The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, is an Akan.  Actually Akan is a collection of Akin dialects: Twi, Fante, Akuapim and Bono. It is the most widely spoken dialect in the country. Almost every body understands the language. It will be the obvious choice if Ghana had to pick a lingua franca. The language lack z, x, v and q in its alphabets in place it has two alphabets which unfortunately my computer does not support those fonts but o e is a reflected "c" that is c with its arch facing the west instead of the normal english c. This is pronounced as 'orr' as in ball. The other alphabet is a e written like E also reflected by 180 degrees. pronounced as 'ehh' as in p(e)n.  I hope that I  about ok if you need any thing more about the language let me know. 

Agya kwaa paa koo apaa 
kohunu mampam gyae apam 
kopaam mampam maa mampam 
foro pam yii pam boo agya 
kwaapaa apampam  pee. 

Translation: 
Mr. Kwaapaa went to the farm to remove stumps 
He saw a monitor lizard and stopped  removing the stumps 
Decided to capture it by chasing it. 
The monitor lizard climbed the 'pam' tree 
The monitor lizard broke a branch from the pam tree which hit 
Mr. Kwaapaa's forehead. 

Teacher Tinkorang te Takoradi tete tawa tonton ne teku teku toto tuo. 

Translation 

Teacher Tinkorang stays in Takoradi 
He harvests tobacco, sells them pesewa, he lowest denomination of our currency the cedi. 
buys guns with the proceeds 

Nuruddin Boateng
Opoku Ware School, WorLD/I*EARN, Ghana
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