Understanding The Ghana Language & Providing Professional Ghana Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists
American Language Services (ALS) understands the importance of working in the Ghana language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services has worked with the Ghana language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Ghana interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Ghana language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.
Ghana is located in West Africa and its official language is English. It borders Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means "Warrior King," and was the source of the name "Guinea" that is used to refer to the West African coast. Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kingdoms, including the Ga-Da?mes on the eastern coast, inland Empire of Ashanti and various Fante states along the coast and inland. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established a crown colony, Gold Coast, in 1874. Upon being the first Sub-Saharan African nation to achieve independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana that once extended throughout much of western Africa. In the Ashanti language it is spelled Gaana.
Ghana: The History of its Language
English is the official language of Ghana. English is a West Germanic language that originated in Anglo-Saxon England. As a result of the the military, economic, scientific, political and cultural influence of the British Empire during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and of the United States since the late 19th century, it has become the lingua franca in many parts of the world. Historically, English originated from several dialects, now called Old English, which were brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers beginning in the 5th century.
The Development of English in Ghana
Since around the ninth century, English has been written using the Latin alphabet, which replaced Anglo-Saxon runes. The spelling system, or orthography, is multilayered, with elements of French, Latin and Greek spelling on top of the native Germanic system; it has grown to vary significantly from the phonology of the language. The spelling of words often diverges considerably from how they are spoken. In general, the English language, being the product of many other languages and having only been codified orthographically in the 16th century, has fewer consistent relationships between sounds and letters than many other languages; for example, the sound sequence ough can be pronounced in not less than seven different ways. The consequence of this complex orthographic history is that reading can be challenging. It takes longer for students to become completely fluent readers of English than of many other languages, including French, Greek, and Spanish. Voicing and aspiration of stop consonants in English depend on dialect and context. English is an intonation language. This means that the pitch of the voice is used syntactically, for example, to convey surprise and irony, or to change a statement into a question. The colonization of Ghana by the English brought over the English language and it eventually became Ghana's official language.
Who are You Going to Trust with Your Vital Ghana Language Needs?
The Ghana language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Ghana. Since 1985, ALS has provided outstanding Ghana interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.
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