Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Accents

Somebody chirped behind me that they 'liked my accent' when I said the word siyakudumisa in answer to a question in our worship class. He was teasing - so I listened carefully to how someone else said it and heard the difference in emphasis.
For me, this is a difficult stage in learning Zulu/Xhosa - I am starting to get the words, but now that isn't enough - for me or the congregation - now they need to understand what I am saying first time.
I don't have a good ear for languages, so I don't ever expect to achieve perfection, but I guess I'll keep trying.

3 comments:

Delme Linscott said...

Keep trying. You are an inspiration and much better than I will ever be. Even when I try to speak Afrikaans people laugh at me.
Ah well!
Blessings
Delme

Thomas Scarborough said...

An electronics friend had developed a system that responded to his commands. He said "Computer!" and the system woke up and responded. Then I tried. I said "Computer!" and it did nothing. We both thought that we were saying "Computer!" but in fact he was saying "C'mpewtah!" :-)

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Thanks Delme - my Afrikaans is awful and I avoid it as much as I can!
Thomas - it is still something of an amazement to me that when I ask a congregation to do something, in Zulu, they do it.