Category Archives: language learning

rice culture

Pastor Cutsau came to my room a few days ago to get me to come see rice being winnowed. I asked if it was okay for me to take a picture, and he assured me it was. Guinea-Bissau is part … Continue reading

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A common occurrence

It is amazing how frequently this seems to happen here, not that I know of any particular reason for it. The first week I was here on this trip, I heard about two different people dying, relatives of people I … Continue reading

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Church in Lendem

I am in Guinea-Bissau doing another periodic check of the Portuguese Creole Bible translation in progress. We are working out in the countryside where we have worked many times before, in a little spot on the map called Lendem near … Continue reading

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caracol

I am working in Guinea-Bissau again. I don’t remember how many times I have come here, beginning in 2009. I am staying and working in a part of Bissau called Caracol. I found out that means “snail,” and I can … Continue reading

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TOTAL It Up!

Twice this summer I again helped teach an intensive, one-week course called TOTAL It Up! for students who come from the southeast region of the U.S. and around the country to learn about the kind of language and translation programs we … Continue reading

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Looking back on three weeks in Guinea-Bissau

As David wrote on July 4, our first week in Guinea-Bissau, we were to concentrate on learning the most popular language in the country, Portuguese Creole, or Kriol.  We learned to follow directions in Kriol, and we learned “power tools” … Continue reading

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Es i ke?

Es i ke? is a valuable phrase. It means, “What is this?” Portuguese Creole is a very interesting language, and fun to learn, but it is a little confusing because of similarities with other languages we know, including French Creole … Continue reading

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No fireworks

We are comfortably settled in the interior of Guinea-Bissau. When I say “comfortably,” there is no running water and it is warm and humid here, but we’re doing great. We have a fan blowing on us when there is electricity, … Continue reading

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