This stage of life: culture and language study
I get asked by people back home, “so what are you doing there?” and by people here, “so what are you doing here?” The answer is: culture and language study! Simply put right now my goal is to learn the culture and language of this new place where I am living: Asia Pacific. That means I spend time having language sessions with a language helper, going to class, practicing my language with neighbors, and spending time with friends. Right now I am in stage 2 (of 4) and we are studying processes. Everyday I meet with my language helper and get a recording of her describing how to do something. For example I might ask her to describe how to wash clothes. The goal is not for me to learn how to wash clothes but rather learn how to talk about how to watch clothes. By listening to her describe clothes washing I am learning all kinds of new words and new ways to say things.
Here is a photo of my language helper describing something. After we record this- I go back through and write down all the new words and have her help me understand what they mean. Then I will listen to this recording several times over the next few weeks.
Language learning is a lot of fun but also takes a lot of time. There is also room for lots of mistakes. Just recently I have been getting the words for “knife” and “banana” mixed up. So I have accidently said “I like to eat knifes” and “I cut the seal of my water bottle with a banana.” In both cases it didn’t take me long to figure out I had said the wrong thing by the look on my friend’s face.
Besides just studying language I also enjoy spending time out in the community and with friends learning more about the people and culture here. We visiting a beautiful lake recently and took a boat ride.
I also went to a traditional puppet show which was really cool.
Thanks for your prayers as I continue to do language and culture study.