Akan Transcription Services
The lingua franca of Ghana is English—but the vast majority of Ghanaians only speak English as a second language. Like many other countries in Africa, Ghana is highly linguistically diverse, with its population speaking a number of languages natively. But by far the biggest is Akan, a group of several closely related languages spoken, natively or non-natively, by around 80% of Ghanaians. We at TranscriptionServices.com are proud to introduce our transcription services for Akan.
We’re Experts in Akan Transcription
Akan claims more than 9 million native speakers, accounting for approximately 44% of the West African country. Akan’s native speakers generally reside in the southwest of Ghana, with around half a million native speakers also found in neighboring Côte d’Ivoire. Akan features a number of dialects (or languages), four of which have their own distinct, standardized orthographies: Asante, Akuapem, Bono, and Fante. Asante, Akuapem, and Bono can be collectively grouped under Twi.
Akan is a member of the world’s biggest language family by number of languages: Niger–Congo. More specifically, Akan is a Kwa language grouping belonging to the branch of Central Tano languages, with all Akan dialects being generally mutually intelligible. Akan can be a tricky language to master for learners, particularly considering that it has multiple strategies to construct the plural form of nouns, sometimes adding a suffix and sometimes removing the first syllable and replacing it with mm- or nn-. But since our Akan transcriptionists are native speakers, issues like this won’t mess them up, and they can confidently provide professional transcripts delivered in Akan or translated into English.
Leaning on Technology for Better Akan Transcription Services
It’s been fascinating to watch the development of language technology, including the rise of automated transcription software. These sorts of programs are sufficient on their own if you’re not concerned with quality and accuracy, but if you need a professional transcript, it’s critical to work with trained human transcriptionists. These apps do, however, work wonders as tools for professional transcriptionists like our team members, who have the skills necessary to carefully clean up the output for optimal results.
It’s also worth noting that automated transcription software for underserved languages like Akan inevitably won’t be able to perform at the same level as they do for major languages like English, French, or Arabic. That makes the expertise of our human Akan transcriptionists all the more crucial, as they scrutinize every word in your transcript while carefully listening to the audio or video clip you’ve provided. No matter what, we always guarantee accuracy—but it’s your choice whether we use technological assistance or work entirely from scratch.
Customized Akan Transcription Services Just for You
What kind of Akan transcription services do you want? Are you looking for transcriptionists specializing in academia, business, or creative ventures? Does your Akan-language recording (whether audio only or video) touch on esoteric subject matter? We’ve hired Akan transcription experts from all over Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, so no matter what specifications you’re looking for, we’re sure we can accommodate your needs. We work with representatives of all different Akan dialects, with specialists in various areas and subject-matter experts in myriad fields, so whatever you need, just ask.
Certain issues can complicate the transcription of an Akan audio or video clip, including low-quality audio, background noise, multiple speakers talking simultaneously, and slurred or poorly enunciated speech. But don’t worry—that’s why we work with experienced experts. Our Akan transcriptionists have dealt with all these issues in the past, and they know how to navigate them with professionalism and poise. So, for any type of project, all sorts of content, and any Akan dialect, whether you’re looking for a transcript in Akan or translated into English, just turn to our team. We welcome clients from Accra, Cape Coast, Sekondi-Takoradi, Kumasi, Obuasi, Atebubu, Aboisso, Newtown, or anywhere else (whether in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, or the world), so don’t hesitate to reach out!
We’re ready to help you with your Akan transcription project—order our Akan transcription services now!