3 Little Indians

There are 4 new families here doing orientation and Pidgin study.  All of us are always trying to get in hours learning Pidgin and most of us have 2 official language sessions per week. In order to have a time when we can focus exclusively on language learning, the Walkers and we switch off babysitting…

Meri Blouses

Here Faye and I are sporting the latest fall fashions. This is the way the ladies from PNG dress. A “meri blouse”, which is the name for this kind of long top, and a long skirt. Sometimes we try to fit in and wear the same type of clothes, especially when we go to church…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It doesn’t feel like thanksgiving here, but we had a good day.  It sure did make us miss our families though! A lot of you have asked us if we were going to celebrate or what we were going to do to celebrate, so I thought you might like to see what…

Ginalyn

By now most of you know who Hoax is, but if not you can search (top right) for his name and read a few posts about him. We haven’t written yet about one of his daughters, Ginalyn. Here she is: As you can see from this picture, she is wasting away. From Hoax and from…

Watering Hole

Last week I was out and about chillin with one of my homies (a fifteen year old and his family to be specific) and he asked if I wanted to see where they get their water. Of course I did. So he led me, and few younger kids, on a twenty minute hike that started…

Evals

Last week we had our first language evaluation.  We should be having these every month or so to help us know how we are progressing.  I was totally nervous to walk around with Terry and Rosie (the same folks who have been orienting us this whole time) and talk to people knowing that they were…

Elicitation

    Theory As we spend time learning Pidgin one of our main tactics is known (in our world) as elicitation.* Our strategy is to draw out a phrase or story that might give us insight into something we are investigating within the language. When trying to elicit a phrase it is important to avoid…

Mourning

Hoax, our language helper, recently told us about a tradition here in PNG surrounding the death of a family member. Apparently it was customary to have one’s finger cut off to express the sorrow associated with such a loss. After explaining this, Hoax showed us his mother’s hand. As you can see, the ends of…

Bilum Collection

Here in Papua New Guinea, bilums are all the rage.* Since we don’t want to stand out, we obviously have adopted using them. Now it is hard to tell the difference between us and PNG nationals. This was our first bilum, purchased by Elizabeth in the second week we were here at the street market…