Archives for the month of: September, 2016

Had my final milk tooth out today, fifty years late. The dentist said about one in ten people retain a milk tooth into adulthood.

wikipedia-kabiye

The Kabiye Wikipedia now has more than 600 articles in it. Recent topics include explorers, inventors, law, physics, and capital cities.

From closed systems of thought
And self-referential sub-cultures
Good Lord deliver us.
It’s interesting to note how neighbours and friends respond to my mistakes when I speak Kabiye.
Some have got used to them and filter them out.
Another used to correct them but has long-since given up.
Others simply aren’t interested enough to be bothered.
Then there’s Mauril. No-one else in the village has his degree of language awareness. Often, in a group, he’ll sit beside me discretely correcting me. He’ll not only point out the mistake, but also explain why I made it. He’ll patiently model the correct version as many times as I need it. He’ll provide a clear, simple summary when I’ve lost the thread of the conversation.
Every language learner needs a Mauril.