Category Archives: Language

Garbled and unintelligible, again.

I’m talking in the car with my family as we drive over the Alex Fraser bridge on our way to Christmas dinner. We’ve been talking about this outrageous accent that I can’t help using in most of my basic conversation, … Continue reading

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Sunset affirmation

More and more I am able to deftly search through the face-up pieces of this language and fit together interlocking phrases to express responses, questions, musings and exclamations which I share with relative accuracy with the people I’m interacting with … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about the trees and the stars

5 weeks in, a lifeline of linguistic ability arrives to pull me from gulping the occasional mouthful of water as I struggle to remain afloat in my communication with my family, to being solidly installed on a sturdy log resting … Continue reading

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Build myself up, cut myself down

I ride up to Arimiyaw’s shop, jump off my bike and take off my helmet. I proudly greet him  “Antire”, and “Na tuma?” both which warrant a “Naaa” and a smile. I am feeling pretty great, having conquered the 6 … Continue reading

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Language as the ultimate tool

That timid tremble of my tongue as I try to force those vowels and consonants out of my unyielding pie-hole is a familiar feeling no matter what language I am currently spinning or butchering. With practice comes perfection the old … Continue reading

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