21 July 2011

Hausa Culture 101

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.

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