Culture is the social behavior and norms found in human societies. Language is an aspect of culture and can be defined as a system of communication used by a particular country or community. Language is cross-generational
Ghana is a multilingual country in which about eighty languages are spoken with the official language being English and sign languages normally used by people who are disabled.
In Ghana, the most spoken languages are Ga, Twi, Ewe, Hausa, to mention but a few and these languages are part of the government sponsored languages. In Ghana, during festivities, ceremonies and funeral, these local dialects are used as a medium of communication which helps individual understand better. Speaking one’s local dialect makes an individual feel proud and sometimes helps trace the source or background of an individual. Languages makes people relate better and associate well when it is being understood by the other party.
Also, some of these local dialects are taught in school were students have the right to choose the one they are comfortable with and study. Although English is the official language, these local languages are taught in school to enable students understand the history and to maintain the dialects as well as enhances its study to be spoken.
Languages enriches Ghanaian culture as it is spoken during special events and festivities while performing certain customary rites. Dialects in Ghana has become such that everyone wants to learn other dialects from different regions to avoid the feeling of being odd when they meet together as a group.
Despite certain language barriers, individuals are able to relate better by the use of these two languages in Ghana which are spoken language and sign language.