Intense, But Not Alone

15 Aug

Welcome to language class.  My classmates are Benjamin, far right, from Norway.  Villi, next to him from Finland.  My empty seat.  Rachael, is from the USA; she is on the left.  Rachael and her husband Marshall were in our MTI class in Colorado Springs in June.  That is our nurturer in the middle.  That is what they call our teacher.  So, where is Susan?  She is in another class with two other students.  There are five classes all together, but husbands and wives could not be in the same class.  From their experience husbands and wives in the same group does not work well.    The nurturer has sacks full of objects which she lays out on the desk.  She pronounces the Amharic word and we have to point to the object.  This is Phase I.  This sounds easy.  It is not. Not after several hours.  We record the drills and have to practice at home after class.  So, I am leading up to something here.  I am going to have to write fewer blog posts.  There are not enough hours in the day.  My intention is to post on Sunday morning for the near future.  One of the words I learned today was “schmegeli”.  It means old man.   A small part of me feels like a schmegeli.  But the thing that shares hope with my heart is that here in Ethiopia a schmegeli is an honored person.

2 Responses to “Intense, But Not Alone”

  1. Sarah Fiechter August 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Sounds exhausting!! Wow…

    Love and Prayers,
    Klint & Sarah

  2. Spencer August 18, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Alan,

    I remember the feeling. Learning another language is no small task and it sound like yours is no easy language to learn.

    It took me about 6-8 months of wondering if I would ever get it, then I really realized that it is a gift that God gives. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to study from sun-up to sun-down.

    Praying that God gives you mental energy.

    Spencer & Hannah

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