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Twi is a dialect of Akan, a member of the Kwa sub-group of Niger-Congo languages. There are about 7 million Twi speakers, mainly in Ghana. Major dialects of Twi include Akuapim Twi, Fante Twi and Ashanti Twi, which all mutually intelligible. Akuapim Twi was the first dialect to be used for bible translation, and became the prestige dialect as a result.

Twi dialects are written with a common script developed by the Bureau of Ghana Languages.

Twi pronunciation

Twi pronunciation

Sample text in Twi

Sample text in Twi


A cow was grazing in a field of grass.
This field was near a pond which was full of frogs.
When the frogs saw him some of them exclaimed, "This fellow is extremely big."
Just as they said this, one of the frogs remarked, "I can blow myself up as big as this cow."
No sooner had he said it, than he began to blow himself up, and he went on blowing until he burst.



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Kwa languages

Akan, Ga, Twi

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