In 1996, Kwame Mainu was summoned to a gathering in Oxford. On the best way, he talked to an agent of the Customs service about latest journeys to Ghana.’Tam’s a fortunate blighter,’ David mentioned as he filtered into the stream of fast paced automobiles on the motorway. ‘Why do you say that?’ requested Kwame, shocked at this unprofessional outburst revealing David’s private emotions.’He will get all of the journeys to Ghana.”You’d wish to have an opportunity, would you?”All of us would, however its solely Tam who ever goes.”He is the one one who speaks Twi.”Sure, however is that basically obligatory?”It is not important nevertheless it helps, particularly if it is advisable discuss to illiterates and rural folks.”How extensively is English spoken in Ghana?’ David requested. ‘It is the official language, the language of presidency and most newspapers and books, and it is the language of training in colleges aside from the primary yr of main faculty in Ashanti Area,’ Kwame defined.
‘However what about folks on the street; do you hear a lot English?”You principally hear Twi with many English phrases blended in.”Are you able to give me an instance?”We had been as soon as ready for a gathering to start and one individual checked out his watch and mentioned “Time ben yebe starti?” I suppose you needn’t converse Twi to grasp that query.”No, however is the overall customary of English bettering?”I am afraid not. There was a basic decline in the usual of English talking, particularly for the reason that introduction of junior secondary colleges, referred to as JSS or Jerry’s Particular Faculties after Jerry Rawlings, the previous army dictator and now president.”What’s the issue?”I suppose it is mainly a scarcity of lecturers and enormous class sizes, in addition to lecturers needing to have a second job or a non-public enterprise to earn sufficient to help themselves and their households.’
‘So are there proportionately fewer English audio system than previously?”I am afraid so.”Then Tam could be wanted much more than previously.’ David mused aloud, seeing his possibilities of being despatched to Ghana rising ever dimmer. ‘If Tam’s position is to assemble data from widespread discuss within the streets and public locations, his Twi shall be very helpful,’ Kwame mentioned, ‘however I need to admit I could not actually perceive why he was in Ghana not too long ago.’
‘I’ve obtained Leon’s permission to let you know,’ David mentioned, ‘He was there to attempt to decide to what extent arduous medication are being offered on the streets and, if gross sales are growing, to attempt to discover out who’s promoting them.”Sure, why did not I consider that? He would possibly meet many conditions wherein folks will suppose that they’ll converse freely in Twi and oboroni (the European) will not hear them.”You want the concept then?”I do, and it explains why Tam can fake he is aware of much less or extra Twi relying on the scenario.”The previous man is brighter than he appears, eh?”You are telling me!’