With the start of classes in January we moved to Oklahoma to study the Cherokee language. We all have language helpers that help us to get the word we need. We really appreciate their willingness to help us to understand some of this difficult language. We have language sessions once a day and use most of the day to work through the data we gathered. We are thankful for your prayers as God uses this time to prepare us better for the field he wants us to work in! Please pray for us that we would build good relationships with the helpers and work good together as a team! Down below you can find a video that shows the room that we share as a family. After a pretty difficult first week we are starting to settle in. We are very thankful for how God helps us to face the challenges that we encounter down here .
Today Frieddy and Ben Elliot went on a little night hike right before bedtime. It is impossible to describe how excited Ben Elliot was!! He had a blast!! I guess it was his first time going for a walk in the dark. He loved spending time with his Daddy! And he loved using his little headlight to explore different things around campus – like cars, tractors and diggers of course… 🙂
Here is a summary of our first weeks of Linguistics! I had the choice between writing a boring post about how to analyze a language you do not know OR to share some of the things that are happening in our life as we are studying this thing called linguistics. I decided to do the second (and maybe you are glad I did so… :))
This has definitely not been an easy semester for us so far! At the same time God has been so faithful in teaching us a lot of different things. Frieddy and I are both taking the course and it has meant a lot of adjustments for us as a family. Especially the first month was very intense. We are learning new stuff almost every morning, some days we have afternoon classes and we usually work on homework assignments until late at night which is why we are often tired. We will have studied parts of the grammar and the sounds of about 140 different languages by the time we have completed this course next spring, which is really exciting! A few days ago we looked at German and it was so funny to see how both Frieddy and I got so confused with our own language – it is one thing to be able to speak it, and another to understand what is going on on a grammatical level… After spending some time analyzing it, German does not seem that easy after all! 🙂