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…

PNG Living

We’ve shown a bunch of pictures of houses here in PNG, but I realized we haven’t shown much of what they look like inside. So to remedy that, here’s the inside of one house. This is pretty typical from what we’ve seen and heard. There is usually a bamboo platform that serves as a bed…

Second Hand Shopping

Before coming to PNG I corresponded with a couple of ladies who already lived here about what to bring. One thing I specifically asked was what kind of clothes to bring and what I could get in the country.  They told me that I would be able to buy clothes here at second hand stores.…

Eating Out

Most of you probably know that I love to eat out.  In the US, I was always up for dropping whatever plans I had so I could eat out with friends.  We totally miss our 5:00 calls from Matt and Lindsey New to go out to supper, and we don’t get NEARLY as many opportunities…

Happy Halloween

We tried to pretend it was fall here so we could enjoy Halloween. Elizabeth made carmel corn and pumpkin muffins and God sent us a cool wind that almost made us think it could be fall. We haven’t seen a single “real” pumpkin here, but we did get a couple of small green ones. The…