Yesterday I was sitting outside trying to study my language using Rosetta Stone
(a really great software program to helps you learn language) and I was getting frustrated because I could not figure out why to make some words plural you add an M but to others you add W (this program is all immersion, no explanation and at that moment I wanted someone to tell me why). I decided to take a break and go back to it later as my brain was on overload. I went inside to check on some bread that was baking and as I am in the kitchen with Martha we hear knocks at the back door and Annikah saying “Hodi?” Her rafiki then laughed hysterically and they both start yelling “Hodi?” Hodi
is what you say when you arrive at some one’s home and are greeting them as well as asking to be welcomed in. Martha was very amused and we both said “Karibu” meaning “you are welcome.” They wanted us to respond to their “Hodis” by opening the door and although way too many bugs were let in in the process (about 10 minutes of Hodi, Karibu) it was too cute to ignore.
It is pretty amazing to me that Annikah has only been here a few months but already, without being taught or studying anything, knows when to use certain phrases. Something that at times is so difficult and arduous for me is so simple and natural to her. She just listens, observes, and mimics. When she sees mosquitoes or flies she says “go away dudus” (dudus being the word for bugs). She also now dances whenever we say “ancheza ngoma” meaning to dance and I could not resist getting some video of Annikah and her rafiki Ungooray in action. This is pretty much what they do everyday, run amok around the house. Annikah is reminding me for the need to do more language learning just while hanging with my new rafikis.
Annikah & Ungooray pushing Zawadee (means gift in Kiswahili) in Anni’s doll stroller,
not the safest thing in the world but I had to snap one quick pic before rescuing Zawadee
Warning: the following video is so darn cute it may cause uncontrollable smiling: