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Ama Kambon using Twi to learn Numbers in Mdw Ntr (Hieroglyphics)


Both Twi and Mdw Ntr are base 10 systems, so transfer of knowledge (from Twi to Mdw Ntr) makes the task more familiar. We regularly work using Mdw Ntr glyphs for math, but this is the first time we are formally introducing names of numbers in Mdw Ntr as assisted by Dr. Rkhty Amen's excellent text Mejat Wefa writing the glyphs and the MDC transliterations.

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Ama Kambon Learning Wolof Numerals (Base 5 & Base 10 mix)


Ama Kambon learning numbers in Wolof. The number system of Wolof incorporates principles of addition (based on 5 and 10) and multiplication (based on 10)

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Ama got used to the idea of solving for X using a game found throughout Afrika called ɔware. It was pretty easy for her to transfer calculation skills learned in the game to working out more complex operations. Ama just turned 8 years old last week.

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Ama Kambon Learning Arithmetic in her 3rd Language: Yorùbá (Base 20 System)

Yorùbá is a vigesimal (base 20 system) that incorporates mathematical operations such as multiplication, addition and subtraction in the regular names of individual numbers. As such the word for 20, for example is two twenties ogójì. Yorùbá is Ama's L3 and she is becoming proficient in learning how the base 20 system offers a different way of thinking about equations from the base 10 system invented by Afrikans some 30,000 years ago and to which she has been exposed in Akan (Twi) and english.

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