Friday, April 22, 2011
First Language Proficiency Test on Monday
I have my first language proficiency test on Monday, code name LPI. Basically that means that we get interviewed by one of our Motswana staff members and they assess our Setswana acquisition thus far. Now, let me say that Setswana (the language spoken in Botswana) is a Bantu language and it is not easy (and unlike the romance languages we are used to studying in the US). We are working really hard each day to learn as much Setswana as possible, but, at the same time, we have been having a lot of fun practicing the language with alliteration (i.e. "Baithaupi ba ba botlhales ba a bereka", meaning "The intelligent volunteers are working")! The combination of games, coursework, and dialogue with peers, staff, and community members has really helped us learn the language. Although we are finally able to carry on brief conversations and are starting to use Setswana more comfortably, we had a review during one of our four hour sessions today and I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated... It's time to get down to business and study study study!