Nana Kwabena Sarpong and Isaac Ameyaw started Nkyea Learning Systems in 2009 to develop desktop and mobile applications for learning African languages. Theyâ€™ve already developed and released two Twi language applications, Nkyea Twi Primer and Nkyea Twi Phrasebook,Â â€™My Twi Nameâ€˜ app, and â€˜Adrinkra E-Cardsâ€˜ app.
The two-man Ghanaian language learning apps development team has just released Nkyea Basic Swahili, the first Swahili iPhone and iPad app from their startup, on the Apple App Store. Nkyea Basic Swahili, which sells for $2.99, contains more than 650 essential words and phrases and has been designed to give absolute beginners a general conversational competence in Swahili.
Nkyea Basic Swahili presents the user with 18 lessons of basic grammar and vocabulary. The user can then choose a lesson, listen to the native speaker, read and record, play back and compare with the native speaker. The app also presents you with a quiz after each topic, which means users can reinforce what they learn and earn motivation badges for scoring high marks.
â€œThis is a very user friendly language learning application, â€œSarpong explains. â€œItâ€™s really easy to learn Swahili with Basic Swahili.â€
Nkyea Basic Swahili is targeting four primary markets: Tourists traveling to East Africa, students learning Swahili at a beginner level in school, anybody who has an East African relative or friend and lastly, language enthusiasts.
Here is the link to the app in the Apple App Store
Sarpong and Ameyaw are also working on more African language apps, which would be released in the coming weeks. Nkyea remains a bootstrapped endeavor, wholly financed through the startupâ€™s PC, Mac and iPhone application sales.
You can follow them on Twitter via @NanaSarpong & @IsaacAmeyaw for more info about their work and creativity.
- Nkyea Learning Systems (timbuktuchronicles.blogspot.com)