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How To learn languages (including local)




Local languages
German (for kids too)


English is the official language in Ghana, though there are more than two dozens local languages. In cities, English is widely spoken but in remote areas, people may speak their tribal language only. Twi is the main local language of Ghana. Others are Ga in Accra, Fante towards the west, Ewe towards the Togo border, etc.

Twi words and basic phrases are not difficult to learn but must be pronounced with care. Expatriates who make the efforts to learn Twi words, even a few, will enjoy true surprise and happiness from Ghanaians they share them with. The first of all is a must: thank you is “meda ase”.

Twi classes
Twi is considered as fairly easy to learn so, should you have the will and the time, we advise it as it could make a difference while in Ghana.

Alliance Francaise Accra proposes 15-weeks sessions (30 hours) with 2-hour classes on Friday evenings (1730-1930). The tuition fee for the Sept 7 /Dec 21 2018 session was GHS500. Call 0501 287 812/4 to find out when the next session starts - infocours@afaccra.org.

In the fall of 2010, Goethe Institut Accra in Cantonments launched Twi courses. The courses focus on communication - in a short time, you can listen to the radio, discuss with Ghanaian colleagues, neighbours and friends. The teacher is Monzero Jameo-Chambas.
Classes are twice a year (Jan - May & Sept - Dec). Days: Every Tuesday. Time: 5:30 pm -7:00 pm
Price: 550 Ghc (Must be paid up front. Can be paid on the first day of class, as long as you have registered.)
Class: Min 8 / Max 18. Age Requirement: 16 and older
Goethe Institut - 0302 776 764 / 779 769 - language@accra.goethe.org.

See the Pimsleur method.

A German teacher at the Goethe Institute gives private Twi language classes. See the video.
Chambas of Afrolingua - 0277 666 700 - afrolinguaghana@gmail.com

The husband of Emily Aidoo, one of our Members, is offering Twi language lessons. Mr. George Danso Aidoo is experienced teaching foreign students as well as Ghanaians who are returning to their home country. Lessons can be one-on-one or as a small group. Please call or email for more information: 0246232383 / 0271005961 - danso23@yahoo.com

is recommended - 0579 988 661

Mr. Atiglo
 is a mature teacher with 29 years experience.
Classes started in October 2010 and were to run every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 1 to 3pm.
Venue: Dubois Centre. Text 0277 522 229 to register.
For anyone wishing to arrange a different date, time or venue for a group of at least 4 persons, please either come to the next class to speak directly with Mr Atiglo, or contact him on his mobile number: 0209 267 479.

We recommend to all a little 50-page red booklet called "Akwaaba Welcome to Ghana - Twi for Tourists". Words are classified by themes such as Greetings, Times and Seasons, Eating out; each including useful info and tips. The last part is about cultural knowledge. The booklet has been written by Nana Koranteng, a Ghanaian development consultant for the a foreign cooperation agency. It is available for only GHS 4.00 at a couple of locations in Accra such as hotel bookshops. We use it as a welcome gift to newcomers using our real estate service so we have a stock and will be happy to give you one if you can't find it at these two locations. Write us at services@accraexpat.com.

Children will enjoy "What's That: My First Numbers in Twi and English" - a fully illustrated, bilingual booklet - only in e-book form by now (childen can enjoy before relocating). See the first pages.

Although speaking Twi will give another dimension to your Ghana experience, English remains the language you will widely use as an expatriate.

As the expatriate community is very diversified with people coming from a large number of different countries, including many where English is not the official language, we thought of including English lessons in this page.

We advise the English classes offered by the Alliance Française Accra, the French cultural center. Terms starts in January, April and September/October and lasts 2/3 months. Intensive classes are offered (5 x 4 hours per week) as well as regular classes at four different levels (5 x 2 hours per week). Recommended text books cost GHS 75 each (rates may change).

NEW FOR CHILDREN from April 2019 - Say hello to a new addition to AFA courses: Junior English! For children within the ages of 7 to 14 years, this is to improve the Grammar, Vocabulary, Speaking and Writing of the younger ones. Classes are 2 hours, 3 to 5pm, 3 times (GHS720) or 5 times a week (GHS920) for the first session from April 8 to June 19. Kindly contact 0501 287 812/4 or email englishlanguage@afaccra.org for more information.

There are several entities teaching English in Accra that are chosen by Francophone Africans coming to Ghana to learn this language.

Gilbert is a teacher used by an Italian long-time Accra resident for his children  - very patient and good - 0244 156 863.
is a tutor recommended by our Member Iren Chavez and by Maricela Munoz in 2015. His price is extremely generous and his schedule is built around the student to ensure that they benefit the most. He can be reached at ebenezer.koomson@aiesec.net.

Ghana being surrounded by francophone countries, home of many francophones and Accra the base for many regional operations for foreign governments, companies and organizations, mastering some French may be a serious plus in your work (and resume). Should you be an unemployed spouse/partner, you may also wish to use your free time to learn French. See 10 other reasons to learn French.

You can buy manuals on the streets of Accra as shown on the Ghana In France website but, more seriously, you should check the classes offered by Alliance Française Accra and the dates for the next term. Six different programs are usually offered from GHS 85 to GHS 300 per term (rates may change). You also can choose one-on-one classes with a teacher or e-learning if you cannot attend classes in person.

For kids too
Classes for toddlers, kids and teens: make your child learn French language and culture in a fun and interactive way. Give him the opportunity to discover a creative and playful class.
After school program on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as Saturday classes (between 9am and 2.30pm depending on age group).
See updated details on the website and enquire at languages@afaccra.com or at 0501 287 812 / 814.
NEW - DEC 2014: Offer fun and interactive classes to your kids in the comfort of your home with French at home.
A new and innovative service by Alliance Francaise Accra. 3 to 16 years - morning/afternoon/evening.
Call 0501 287 807 - fle.junior@afaccra.com

The Language Partner Program is an AF Accra initiative: join and learn more on the Facebook page. Contact: dci@afaccra.com.
Au revoir.

George Yesso is a private French teacher that as been recommended to us who has been active since 2003, especially with kids. Tuitions start from GHS100/hour (Nov. 19). Contact: 0571 962 727 or 0242 903 309.
An American expatriate who used Mariama to teach French to her son recommended her as excellent and also good for corporate or school situations. Contact: 0246 023 453.
Another American, young graduate, recommended Kojo Blavo as a French tutor/translator. "He does private tutoring lessons for any level. He is also a very skilled, professionally trained (at Sorbonne University, Paris) French translator. If you need documents translated from French to English or English to French, he is a great resource. He even has an accredited business license for his own translation company". His contact is 0246 225 245 on whatsapp or direct call.
Mark - 0269 879 426

Learn German@Goethe-Institut - Goethe Institut Accra in Cantonments traditionally offers German classes.
Schedule  3x or 5x a week. Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend sessions available.
Time table: contact 0302 776 764 - language@accra.goethe.org

Levels: Goethe-Institut Ghana offers German courses for all levels and different needs. There are also special ‘spouses courses’ designed for those who need to pass the Start Deutsch 1 examination to apply for a visa for joining their spouse in Germany/Austria. They also provide a ‘starter-course’ for those who have difficulties in reading + writing.
A1           Elementary Use of language
B1/B2      Independent User
C1           Proficient User
See Goethe Language brochure 2014 here.

For kids too
The Institut started classes for kids as a summer camp in 2012 and now continues.
When:         Every other Saturday, 09:00 am – 12:00 noon
Who:           Have your children been brought up multilingually and you would like them to deepen their German skills? Or do you want enable your children to learn a different language at an early age?
How:           We provide a friendly learning environment for your children (aged 6-12). With us they will learn German through a playful and entertaining approach including songs, games and lots of activities. 

Registration: payment to be made from 0900 to 1200 and 1500 to 1800 at the registration office.
The person's name is Mabel. Payment can also be made at the reception.
Goethe Institut - 302 776 764 / 779 769 - language@accra.goethe.org

- Spanish for beginners - 8 weeks courses on Saturdays morning starting in Feb-2017 in Dzorwulu (Accra). Native teacher. Small group sizes. Enroll at info@pradospartners.com or call 0263 447 721
- Gladys (native speaker) has also been recommended as a Spanish teacher - 0543 430 386
- Antonio is a retired Spanish professor who studied and lived in Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Twi and can teach Spanish and English to people of all ages. Call or WhatsApp: 0277 414 039

The following Arabic teachers has been recommended:
- Osman - 0266 361 565 / 0277 719 489
- Sanai Nasr - 0245 888 858
St. Charbel school in Osu offers Saturday Arabic classes, such as the one starting Oct. 5, 2019  - 0546 255 245

The Confucius Institute at the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Ghana, Legon in Accra started operating in April 2014. It offers Elementary and Business Chinese classes to the public as well as preparatory courses for the HSK test (to gain Chinese scholarships and study in China).
The Institute also holds Chinese Martial Art, TaiChi and Chinese Tea Art classes.
Each September, the Confucius Institute Day is celebrated.
Contact: confuciusinstitute@ug.edu.gh

Shachaamah Brown offers both group and private Mandarin(Chinese) tutoring sessions and is a HSK certified in Chinese proficiency, a native English speaker from the States, has a 2 years experience in teaching both English speaking natives Chinese as well as teaching Chinese speaking natives English. 60 cedis/hour - teaches virtually all ages, starting from two years old & up. For further inquiries, please contact 0507 522 603.

Tutoring for Standard Chinese language (Mandarin) with Mandarin mother tongue tutor - mandarinteaching100@gmail.com

Neha's Hindi classes - all ages, beginners, individual or group - 0243 445 434
Effet Language Solutions offers group (20GHS/hour) and private classes with native teachers for many languages, including Twi. On request, they also organize one-on-one - 026 885 6522 / 0574 544 089. See the sign-up process here.
Next Language Link is another provider of classes - French, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Twi - 0264 268 827
Sveta Okai gives private lessons of Russian language for beginner and intermediate

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