Let's see. Let me sum up the week in a few words.
Class. Phonetics. One sick girl. Waiting... waiting... waiting... boom- three sick girls...
That's the quick version.
This week in class we learned a little more about syllables, syllabics and stress in words. It is hard for our English tongues to learn to put stress on the second half of a word. Try saying, "sasa". You probably stressed the first syllable. Now stress the second half. There are many other combinations that could change the meaning of a word- stress on the first half, monotone. Stress on the second half, monotone. Stress on the second half, two tones- high, then low, etc... Many Asian countries have many tones in their languages. Thailand uses 5, Chinese Mandarin has six tones!
Yesterday we learned nasals. That was fun! M, n, "eng", "enye", and voiceless m, n, and "eng". At first I didn't think I had ever said a voiceless m. But then our teacher had us say, "M-hmm." That second m is voiceless, through your nose. Voiceless N is made the same way, except with your tongue on the back of the gum above your upper teeth (on your alveolar ridge). Basically you are breathing through your nose and doing your tongue like an m or n. "Eng" is made like the ng in sing.
Well, a busy day is ahead- it is the 40th anniversary of New Tribes Mission Canada Open House. There are all kinds of things going on today- exhibits, demonstrations, booths explaining how tribal missions work, etc. Dennis and I and the two older girls are heading up to live in Jungle Camp again for the day! Since our house was torn down we are going to be in our friends' place that was left up. Yesterday we went up there and got the clay stove going again. It was so fun to see smoke twirling up out of the stovepipe again! It looks to be a fun day! If any of you are in the area or have nothing to do today, come on by between 10am and 4pm. I think you would have a great time!