2. How about today? Take a closer look at Ghana

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It does not look like England. But it is still an English speaking country...

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There are countries, thousands of miles away from England, which have English as their official language. Why is that? You can now meet a man from West Africa and find the answer.

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Es gibt Länder, viele Tausend Kilometer von England entfernt, die Englisch als offizielle Sprache haben. Warum ist das so? Du kannst jetzt einen Mann aus Westafrika kennenlernen und die Antwort herausfinden.

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1. Meet Paul from Ghana

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Watch the video. Try to understand what Paul is talking about. Can you also hear the differences to British or American English?

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Video: Meet Paul from Ghana (without subtitles)
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Did you understand everything that Paul said? 
Don't worry if you couldn't understand everything: most of us don't know the Ghanaian names and places. 

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Listening comprehension

Now you can see the video again and improve your listening comprehension.

Förderfenster: Listening comprehension

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Challenge: Do you want to know more?

Ghana's independence and what Paul's grandfather had to do with it

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This is Paul's grandfather, Cornelius Frederick Adjetey. Watch the video and find out what he had to do with Ghana's independence.

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How did Ghana become independent?
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Vocabulary
gratuitiesGeld(zuwendung)
in a literal senseim wahrsten Sinn des Wortes, hier: gemeint ist
salariesGehälter
were not fulfilledwurden nicht erfĂĽllt
fend for their own familiesfĂĽr ihre eigenen Familien sorgen
put three square meals on the tabledrei ordentliche Mahlzeiten auf den Tisch stellen
dark consequenceshier: schlimme Zustände
sergeantmilitärischer Titel, etwa Feldwebel
distinguished soldierausgezeichneter Soldat
drafted a petitioneine Petition (Bittschrift) entwerfen
colonial governmentKolonialregierung (hier: die Briten)
seat of governmentRegierungssitz
had made an appointmenthatten einen Termin vereinbart
police in chargezuständige Polizei, hier: zuständiger Polizist
disperse the crowddie Menschenmenge zerstreuen/auflösen
targeted the leaderszielte auf die AnfĂĽhrer
destabilizedestabilisieren/schwächen
riotsAufstände
propertyEigentum
rethink its method of operating in the colonyseine Regierungsweise in der Kolonie ĂĽberdenken

2. English speaking countries - past and present

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So many countries still have English as an official language. If we want to talk about that, we need to put verbs in the past and present tenses. 

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Task: Why do they speak English?

Prepare an explanation about a country from the map.

This map shows countries that have English as an official language in green.

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dark green: English as first and official language (native language to many people)
light green: English as official language and/or lingua franca