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Akan, also known as Twi and Fante, is an Akan language that is the principal native language of Akan lands in Ghana, spoken over much of the southern half of that country, by about 58% of the population, and among 30% of the population of Ivory Coast. Three dialects have been developed as literary standards with distinct orthographies, Asante, Akuapem (together called Twi), and Fante, which despite being mutually intelligible were inaccessible in written form to speakers of the other standards. In 1978 the Akan Orthography Committee (AOC) established a common orthography for all of Akan, which is used as the medium of instruction in primary school by speakers of several other Akan languages such as Anyi, Sefwi, Ahanta, and the Guang languages. The Akan Orthography Committee has compiled a unified orthography of 20,000 words. The adinkra symbols are old ideograms. The language came to the Caribbean and South America, notably in Suriname spoken by the Ndyuka and in Jamaica by the Jamaican Maroons known as Coromantee, with enslaved people from the region. The descendants of escaped slaves in the interior of Suriname and the Maroons in Jamaica still use a form of this language, including Akan naming convention, in which children are named after the day of the week on which they are born, e.g. Akwasi (for a boy) or Akosua (girl) born on a Sunday. In Jamaica and Suriname the Anansi spider stories are well known.
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[af] Twi
[ak] Twi
[am] ትዊኛ
[ar] التوي
[az] Tvi dili
[bn] টোয়াই
[bs] tvi
[br] Twieg
[bg] туи
[ca] Twi
[cs] twi
[cy] Twi
[da] Twi
[de] Twi
[el] Τούι
[en] Asante dialect
[eo] Akana lingvo
[et] tvii
[eu] twia
[fo] twi
[fa] توی‌یایی
[fi] twi
[fr] Twi
[ga] Tvís
[gl] twi
[gu] ટ્વાઇ
[ha] Tiwiniyanci
[sh] Twi jezik
[he] טווי
[hi] ट्वी
[hr] twi
[hu] twi
[hy] Տուի
[ia] twi
[id] Bahasa Twi
[is] Tví
[it] Lingua twi
[ja] トウィ語
[kn] ಟ್ವಿ
[ks] توی
[ka] თუი
[kk] тви
[km] ទ្វី
[rw] Inyetuwi
[ky] тви
[ko] 트위어
[lo] ທວີ
[lv] tvī
[lt] tvi
[ml] ട്വി
[mr] ट्वी
[mk] тви
[mt] Twi
[nl] Twi
[nn] twi
[nb] twi
[no] Twi
[or] ତ୍ୱି
[pa] ਤ੍ਵਿ
[pl] Język twi
[pt] Língua twi
[ps] توی
[rm] twi
[ro] twi
[ru] Чви
[sk] twi
[sl] tvi
[so] Tiwiyan
[st] Twi
[es] Idioma twi
[sq] Twi
[sr] Тви
[sv] twi
[ta] ட்வி
[te] ట్వి
[th] ทวิ
[ti] ትዊ
[tr] Tvi
[tw] Twi
[ug] تۋىچە
[uk] тві
[ur] توی
[vi] Tiếng Twi
[xh] Twi
[yo] Twi
[zh] 契維語
[zu] Twi

Language type : Living

Language resources for Twi

Open Languages Archives

Twi Wikipedia
Wiktionary - Category:Twi language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:twi [fr]

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ISO 639-1 : tw
ISO 639-2B : twi
ISO 639-2T : twi
ISO 639-3 : twi

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