LEARNAKAN.COM is a free e-learning website dedicated to helping you to read, write and speak the Akan language, spoken in most parts of Ghana in West Africa. The site was set up in June 2016 and officially launched on July 17, 2016. The site features a wide range of useful lessons touching on the very important aspects of the language such as pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, etc.
You can learn with our free lessons here, or come join other learners in the LEARNAKAN FLUENCY CLUB (LFC). LFC members enjoy a fun, interactive, more effective learning experience with our month-to-month sets of structured courses. Each course level features weekly lesson sets made up of videos, texts, quizzes, assignments, downloadable PDF notes and MP3 files for offline learning, etc. And, you earn a certificate for each course level you complete to encourage you on. We have lessons on the very key aspects of the language, i.e. pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, speaking, and reading. Come check us out on our private community website here.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Hi, my name is 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.
I live and work Ghana. You may connect with me on Facebook here.
The choice of learnakan.com as the domain name for this website is borne out of my future ambition for the project. The idea is to broaden the site’s scope with time by bringing in other tutors to teach the few other popular dialects of Akan. For now, I am the website’s only tutor and I handle the Asante Twi dialect which, by the way, is the most-spoken dialect of the Akan langauge. Hence, all lessons currently on the website relate to this particular dialect, until further notice.