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2006-01-03

things to do in 2006

1 Go towards the Equator, no matter how far


Just go South (or North if you're South already), live there a little, get to know people, get to know the culture first hand and share your culture, they need that too.



2 Learn an African language


This is an interesting one: Learn about an African language. Learn a bit of it. Then try to find actual stuff in the language (i.e. no translation dictionary or description of that language). Can't find much? Imagine how it is for speakers/readers of that language. Bonus: Find stuff about History in that language. Extra Bonus: Find something about Science in that language.



3 African writing systems


Learn an African writing system like N'ko, Mandombe or any other. Bonus: Find didactive material written in that script. Extra bonus: Find non religious material in that script.




To be continued...

6 Comments:

At 7/1/06 5:57 PM , Blogger Beaver said...

Hi! Noticed you on Malau's and 007's blogs :)

A hint for you: try to gain an interest in Zulu. There's an awful lot of Zulu litterature out there, and it's pretty easy to find in South Africa.

They don't have their own scripture, but they do have their own phonetics. It would help you acheive #2.

Cheers!

 
At 9/1/06 3:38 PM , Blogger Daelomin said...

Hey!

Nice ideas but:

1) More than close to the equator, I'd rather go to a so-called poor country and learn how much richer than ours it actually is (by its people the cliché usually is, but also by everything else)!

2) While I understand your particular interest in African Languages, I'd say: learn ANY language, especially one that you learn only out of interest, not need.

4) Do keep in touch: call friends, keep replying to emails, joke by email (dont send stupid forwards) and if applicable, try to engage your far-away friends in common projects (online or whatever)

 
At 9/1/06 3:39 PM , Blogger Daelomin said...

Hey!

Nice ideas but:

1) More than close to the equator, I'd rather go to a so-called poor country and learn how much richer than ours it actually is (by its people the cliché usually is, but also by everything else)!

2) While I understand your particular interest in African Languages, I'd say: learn ANY language, especially one that you learn only out of interest, not need.

4) Do keep in touch: call friends, keep replying to emails, joke by email (dont send stupid forwards) and if applicable, try to engage your far-away friends in common projects (online or whatever)

 
At 30/5/06 5:24 PM , Blogger Sj said...

My fiancé speaks two: Lingala and Kitetela (I hope it is spelled)

I know a couple of words in Lingala like (Spelling is off) Yakka, Bana Bakoli, Na Lingi Yo (ye), but the real interest is Kitetela. It is not spoken by many apparently in the DRC BUT is similiar in many ODD ways to Japanese! They share apparently many similiar word constructs etc. It would be so interesting to learn. That's sorta how I found your page, searching for SOMETHING with Kitetela.

Nice goals, did you choose one yet?

 
At 3/6/06 10:26 AM , Blogger Denis said...

Thanks for your comment Sj
Good luck to you in you Otetela/Kitetela lessons ;-)

There are some Otetela samples at the Global Recording Network, Christian stuff.

I've decided to stick with Lingala for now.

 
At 5/3/08 3:08 PM , Blogger Hunkston said...

My brother and his family are moving to Dubai so I have decided to learn Arabic, the problem is I have no idea where to start! Arabic is not as widely spoke as languages such as French and German so I am having trouble locating a tutor. So I have decided that I am going to do it myself online. Does anyone have any experience of learning language online? Is it easy when there’s no one to speak to? Also what are the prices like?

 

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