So I've been working with a tutor to learn me some Hausa grammar and all the joys that come with a tonal language. It's been really helpful so far as I try to wrap my head around what is still sounding like senseless noise. But today I had a rough morning in the hospital and had trouble focusing.
What started off as a Hausa language lesson ended as a culture lesson. And it was fascinating! I learned about the different styles of 'family meals' . . . about Nigerien social strata . . . and about the art of visiting and hosting. Talk about a wealth of information. I feel like I've struck gold.