How the videos work?
Below is a short preview from the Listen, Speak & Learn Volumes 1 & 2.
Apply the correct accent and intonations. Twi is a tonal language, meaning that many sounds are similar and the different in meaning between one word and another could differ in as little as the sound or pitch in which you start or finish a word. For example the word “sisi” means waist, the word “sisi” pronounced in a slightly different tone means to cheat or defraud. Focus on your tones, it’s the key to the language.
In the video we make a clear differentiation between nouns and verb to assist learning and correct context, verbs are highlighted in yellow to clearly differentiate them.
Why Random words, verbs, adjectives and nouns? The order to the videos are deliberately structured to make random the words which are being taught. Language isn’t leant effectively when you learn a complete portion of nouns or verbs at once. The order of the videos have been specifically chosen to include all the key components to sentence structure and to allow for a more complete and nature learning process. The sentences and degree of difficult increases as you advance through the videos, with the removal of some of the aids designed to help beginners.
The videos are broken down into sections starting with basic simply sentences, advancing and building upon elements previously mentioned to reinforce specific items. Watch a section over and over again until you are familiar before moving on. The focus should be the keywords clearly highlighted.
The videos are there to be enjoyed. Enjoy watching it, sing along where possible, repeat the narration, and most importantly don’t be shy. This approach is the best and most effectively way of grasping the language and most importantly to improve. When it stops being enjoyable stop! and start again another day.
Make mistakes and learn. Whilst watching and interacting with my son as he learns and increases his vocabulary in both Twi and English and observing children in general, they are generally not shy to make mistakes when saying unfamiliar words or sentences. Have you ever listened to a child who knows the basic rule of past tense for example and applies it to a sentence which breaks the rule? “I learned it”, they just say it, as the basic rule implies, until they are corrected. Be child-like and don’t get too caught up about making a mistake the sooner you grasp this concept, the more progressive you’ll development.
When saying words repeat or say them boldly to yourself and also to others. Practice frequently the sounds which are not standard or familiar to you, when watching you will hear a few of them in the videos. Hone in on the sound and make a mention note to be bold. You would be surprised an inaccurate sentence almost sounds right when said with clarity.
Framework and Language Building
Identifying the sounds and words unique to the language. Learning and being able to differentiate “Twi” from other languages originating from the Africa.
Converting sounds and words and deriving meaning, starting with single words and building slowly one word at a time.
Pronunciation, tone, being able to communicate and express one’s thoughts opinions and emotions. Initially with single words, then simply sentences, building up.
Starting with a word, associating the written form with the oral form pronouncing and repeating the word as required.
Incorporating all of the previously mentioned elements.