TWI - AKAN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY
Twi (pronounced 'ch-wee' [ʨʷi]) specifically Ashanti Twi is a language spoken in Ghana by about 8 million people. It is one of the three dialects of the Akan language, the others being Akuapem Twi , Kwahu Twi, Fante Twi etc which in turn belongs to the AKAN language family. Within Ghana, Twi is spoken in the Ashanti Region and in parts of the Eastern, Western, Central, Volta and Brong Ahafo Region. There are many divisions of the Twi languages, but they are all mutually intelligible.
They are all tonal language like the word 'PAPA', which means many things in different places in Ghana and even in other countries.
PAPA can mean any of the following(s) in Ghana :
2. Something good;
3. An object that can be used to generate Air ( fan) in hot environment.
So Ghanaian can easily understand what exactly one is talking about based on the speech sound.
NB: This is just example by OFM-TV.COM
However, variants do occur; for example, in Fijian, the word for "mother" is nana, in Altaic and Turkish we have ana, and in proto-Old Japanese, the word for "mother" was 'papa'. The modern Japanese word for "father, " chichi, is from older titi. In Japanese the child's initial mamma is interpreted to mean "food".
Ashanti Twi is the most widely spoken of the dialects of the Akan language. Akan is spoken by about 45 percent of Ghana’s population as a first language, and is also used as a second language by a large number of the remainder. These definitions and phrases are meant to introduce a non-Twi beginner to the spoken language.