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Mind Your Language
The aim of this book is to make the reader sensitive to good English. The author has not set out to criticize unduly journalists, reporters, radio and TV presenters, newsreaders, academics, teachers, top civil and public servants, business executives, politicians, writers, book publishers and editors, students and all who use Ghanaian English. The criticism is a reminder of the difficulty of writing and speaking good English.
The book deals with the deviant forms and usage in educated Ghanaian English, and other common errors in English. It explains the criteria to be used in distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable forms and usage in second language English.
The bulk of the material used for the criticism was collected from educated Ghanaian English – written and spoken. The sources included newspapers (and editorials), magazines, books, reports, television and radio news, discussions and phone-ins and conversations.
Annor Nimako was educated at Wesley College in Kumasi, and at the University of Ghana, Legon where he read Geography. He taught at the secondary school level for some years. In 1972, he joined the Ghana Publishing Corporation, Publishing Division, and became a Senior Editor. In 1973/74, he did a post-graduate course at the University of London, Institute of Education. When the Ghana Book Development Council was established, he was appointed a senior member of the initial professional staff in 1977. In 1983, he studied Techniques of Editing and other modules at the Oxford Polytechnic, now Oxford Brookes University.
He was the Executive Director of the Ghana Book Development Council from 1989 to 1996. His book, Map Reading for West Africa, a vastly popular geography book, was published by Longman in 1969.
Mr Nimako turned 83 in July 2018 and he is still writing! His latest novel is The Surgeon Verdict.
His other titles include:
Mind Your Language - Educated Ghanaian English (2004)
The River's Power (2012)
Mind Your English - Common Errors in English Books 1 & 2 Companions to CDs (forthcoming)