Tag Archives: Language

a new tag.

I still get called muzungu and various other words for “white person” quite often.  Even after one and a half years, sometimes the word still feels like an epithet (even though I know it is rarely meant to be as … Continue reading

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ugandan english 101.

Wellbe back. Welcome back. You are lost! I haven’t seen you in a long time! Even me! Me too! You have reduced. You have lost weight. You are fat. A compliment. My leg is paining. My leg hurts. We shall … Continue reading

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cloaked meaning.

Ugandans pronounce the word “cap” (you know, like a hat) as “cape” (you know, like the thing worn by superheroes). I learned this when I had an awesome conversation with my colleague, only to realize after ten minutes that he … Continue reading

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small victories.

I really like that most days I feel that I’m making slow but steady progress understanding more Dhopadhola. It’s particularly rewarding when I can understand people who are gossiping about me right in front of my face. Such sweet satisfaction.

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above is served with either the choice below.

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possibly the world’s least marketable skill.

I am making very slow progress in trying to learn Dhopadhola, a tonal language that, according to Wikipedia, is spoken by approximately 250,000 people total. Most of these speakers stay in the Tororo district in Eastern Uganda. After training is … Continue reading

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