Peace Corps - Fante Language Lessons

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US Peace Corps Fante  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
The Peace Corps Fante language course is divided into three sections:

1. Conversation: The Instructor reads the parts of A and B and the Learners repeat these after him, line by line. One of the objects.for this is enunciation. The "Conversation" is explained in English. The Instructor then'takes the part of A while the Learner takes that of B; they go through the whole dialogue; and then another Learner, and so on, until each gets a turn. The dialogue may be acted, a Learner or a pair at a time.

2. Sentence drill: The Learners read the lines after the Instructor. The individuals then try them in turn, until all the lines are mastered. They may be repeated over and over again.

3. Sentence Practice: Through leading questions by the Instructor, the sentences may be applied to other situations, or may be used as patterns for the Learners' own sentences.

Ghana: 1961-present

Ghana: Education, Environment, Agriculture, Health

Fante is one of the three formal languages (literary dialects) of the Akan language. It is the major local language spoken in the Central and Western Regions of Ghana as well as in settlements in other regions from mid to southern Ghana. One of such communities is Fante New Town in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Fante is the common language of communication among the several Kingdoms of the Fante people, though each has its own (sub)dialect: Agona, Anomabo, Abura, Gomua, Oguaa, Ahanta. Many Fantes are bilingual. Notable speakers include Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, John Atta Mills, Maya Angelou, Roman Catholic Cardinal Peter Turkson, and Kofi Annan. One striking thing about the language is its tolerance of the English Language. This is exemplified by the constant mixing of the two languages even amongst uneducated folks. Example, in the phrase "Ofi mbir tu mbir" literally means from time to time. The use of the word "tu" is similar to the English word "to" and in this phrase is used in the same way an Englishman would have used the word "to". The language has many more of such examples. This has particularly been a source of concern to many Ghanaians who believe that the trend may adversely affect the Language and may lead to its extinction. However, proponents of the mix also say that over the centuries it has helped to encourage the Fantes to like and learn to speak, read and write the English language well.

Fante is spoken in: Ghana

Fante is also called: Mfantse, Fanti

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