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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

chief language of Ghana in West Africa; also known as Akan, it is in the Niger-Congo language family.


Twi (pronounced ) or Asante Twi, is spoken by 6–9 million Ashanti people as a first language and second language. Twi (or Asante Twi) is a common name for two former literary dialects of the Akan language, Asante (Ashanti) and Akuapem, which are mutually intelligible. There are about 9 million Twi speakers, mainly in Ashanti. Akuapem Twi was the first Akan dialect to be used for Bible translation, and became the prestige dialect as a result.