Thursday, March 13, 2008

Learning Swahili from Bodie

Bodie returned from preschool yesterday singing a new song. He sang "simama kaa, simama kaa" while standing and then throwing himself onto the ground repeatedly. He then bounced around the room yelling "ruka ruka ruka"! It had a bit more tonality than I am conveying, but he was bouncing like Tigger and singing as loud as he could.

My teacher in Swahili class challenged us to learn five new verbs every day, which is a truly daunting task. Today, I looked smart with three new verbs I wrote on the blackboard:
Simama – stand up
Kaa -- sit down
Ruka – jump!

Thank you Bodie! In my class of two, I was valedictorian for the day.

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