Learning to Talk

10 Aug

It is probably lucky that I can’t remember what a frustration it was when I first learned how to talk.  How many times I had to listen to the familiar Big Face who always fed me say, “Da-Da, or Ma-Ma”.  Or the Gray Hairs that visited periodically confusing everything with their “PamPah and MamMah” variation.  The lip movements were so overdone I wanted to say, “Alright already, give it a rest.”  Sometimes, all the excited animation did make me smile.  And then there were the corrections.  I liked the way I said, “I taut I taw a putty tat.” and I adored the ‘wascal ‘wabbit on the cartoons.  But the other Big Faces seemed to have this thing about saying it different from what my ears wanted to teach my tongue.

So now at age 5…, at a more mature age, we go back into the breach.  Lock and load.  Next Monday we will again learn how to tie our tongues in knots and we will start over listening to repetitive words.  Listening and copying.  Saying it wrong.  Listening and re-saying.  That is how they say we will best learn to talk all over again…in Amharic.  Listening to words and making associations to visual images.  In five weeks we are supposed to have mastered 750 words and some basic simple sentences.  “See Spot run.  Run Spot.  Run fast.  Run.  Run.  Run.”  You remember the drill.

Putting the jokes aside, it can be very frustrating because it is harder now for the hard drive to retrieve former data entry.  Test time.  Ah-me-se-gen-allo (thank you).  Practice it five time this morning.  If you remember it tomorrow morning, send me an email.  Your first grade in learning to talk Amharic is an A.  Actually, we love learning new things and are looking forward to the challenge.  There is nothing that shares hope with hearts better than hearing us foreigners butcher their mother tongue.  Just kidding.  You should see the smiles when we attempt to say Amharic words…even if we have to re-say them more correctly.

2 Responses to “Learning to Talk”

  1. Carol Klopfenstein August 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I pray you do better than I did at trying to learn Hungarian from Viola years ago-Carol- we are praying for you- did you find a place to live closer to the place where you will get your lessons?

  2. Vanessa August 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Haha…we’ll be praying for your language training!

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