Meet our “official” language helpers: Hoax and Margaret.
They are married and have five daughters.
Though we spend time talking with lots of different people in order to learn Pidgin, these two are our official language helpers. We meet with them twice a week for about 3 hours. On Tuesdays we go to their house (leaving our kids with some friends) and on Fridays they come to our house (bringing some of their kids along to play.)
Here we are at their house talking and learning:
And here they are at our house enjoying popcorn and sweet tea while I pepper them with questions:
We spend some of our time together telling stories so that we can hear how they speak and they can correct us as we try to follow their pattern. Other times we ask them specific questions about their language or culture. Sometimes we show them pictures of things we have done here and ask them to tell us about the action or the custom that the picture has captured. They are always excited when we talk well and take pride in our progress.
Today I told Hoax a story about making a snowman and showed him this picture (which he got a kick out of.)
Later he took us on a walk and showed us where his parents hid from the Japanese during WWII.