Who Are We
We should be jealous. . . for the honour of His name – troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed. And all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given the honour and glory which are due to it.” John Stott
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Kids say the darnedest things . . .
A major aspect of our training this week has been to develop a language learning strategy. We've talked a good bit about how kids learn languages compared to how languages are often taught in school. As kids learn a language, they don't simply engage their minds in memorization drills or simply mimicking a person. They hear language in context. They learn the word for apple not from a book, but as they're picking one up and eating it.
Adults can imitate the success of kids by likewise involving more than just their brains (Total Person Response). In thinking about how we can utilize this method in our language learning, we've had drills this week where we've attempted to learn languages by using drills that engage more than just our minds. I've been attempting Russian and Hilary, Vietnamese.
As in my previous post, I think the scary part of this learning is remembering the T.V. show, "kids say the darnedest things."
One of the funny stories we've heard this week is from a missionary still learning the language who went to his mechanic and thought he said, "my car won't start, can you change the points." What he actually said was, "my car won't give birth, can you change it's bananas." Stay tuned in the following years for more from "Missionaries say the darnedest things."