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A Comprehensive Course in Twi Asante for the Non-Twi Learner [Paperback]

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Asante Twi is the most widely spoken of the dialects of the Akan language, and Akan is spoken by about forty four percent of Ghana's population as a first language. It is also used as a second language by many others. The author, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ghana, has written the bookto introduce a non-Twi beginner to the spoken language, which forms themain focus. Dialogues are as natural and as close to current every day usage as possible. "...another book that should be very helpful to students and examiners in the Twi (Asante) language." (West Africa)

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Studio: Ghana Universities Press
Pages   145
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 20, 1998
Publisher   Ghana Universities Press
ISBN  9964302452  
ISBN13  9789964302450  

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Buy it in Ghana  Dec 4, 2007
As far as instruction goes, this book is not great, but it just about the only one out there. First of all it does not give much information on phonetics and neglets to instruct the learner that the letter combination re- in a certain tense change is not pronounced. It just signifies that the vowel sound in the subject should be pronounced longer. This is just one example.
In addition, Ghanaians would be more than happy to teach you Twi, and this is the best way to learn and meet people.
My advice, to those who can, is to wait and purchase this book in Ghana. It can be purchsed at the University of Ghana-Legon bookstore for about US$4.00.
Don't bother buying this book  Sep 20, 2007
Don't waste your time buying this book. They promise a cd or audio tape with the book, but didn't send it. So we returned it, and they sent it a second time, also without the cd. It is virtually impossible to learn this tonal language without a cd or tape.
I can't believe this  Jan 12, 2007
I was not happy because I never received the cd that came with the book. Someone I knew bought the same thing and they let me listen to the cd that I never received and It was not clear they did not explain anythnig just started reading and paused a lot in the cd. The moral of this story is I was very unhappy
A comprehensive course in Twi Asante for the non-Twi learner  Sep 18, 2006
I am trying to learn basic Twi, as I will be working in Ghana later this year. By ordering the book, I had hoped to acquire basic language skills to increase my communication skills while in Ghana.

To this end, I found the 146 page book to be worthless. How can a "comprehensive" course be so short?

It is accompanied by a disk that is difficult to hear, as it seems to be recorded from a simple tape recorder. The content is not repeated so that I had to "reverse" the disk constantly, and still was unable to comprehend what was being said.

In conclusion, this book is a thorough disappointment. While I tend to have an affinity for foreign language, I did not even come close to mastering basic greetings.

I would advise anyone looking to learn Twi to find an alternative resource.
good intro to Twi language  Aug 4, 2002
I have used this text for two classes. Overall, it has been very helpful. The notes on culture are also very helpful. Initially, the audio CD and Cassette which accompany the book were of low quality; however, I received a better audio (I believe the stock was replenished with better audio) from the CD and the cassette.

The audio supplement could be improved by additing specific pronunciation examples.

I recommend it for indivivdual and group classes in Twi.



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