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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
July 3, 2012 6:21 am
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So, what does spending a month in Mombasa learning Kiswahili look like?  Here’s a brief snapshot of a typical day.

Chatting with the driver

Spend the first 2 hours studying/reviewing the stuff we learned yesterday so it sinks in.  Then, a 2 hour Kiswahili lesson (4 days a week) from our teacher, Juma, who lives just south of Mombasa and is an excellent teacher.  After that, an hour or two of organizing notes from the lesson and practicing by ourselves, followed by real life experience.  We tend to have the best conversations with the Tuk Tuk (picture, right) drivers who take us places and then we just look for people to strike up a conversation with.

Crescena loves to drive!

We don’t talk very long with any given person just because of our limited vocabulary, but each day it’s a little more.  At this point we can effectively talk about who we are, where we are from, what we do, where we live, and the standard basics that you need anywhere.  It’s fun to see the Kenyans light up when we start talking in Kiswahili.  Especially here on the coast, they are mostly accustomed to the tourist crowd so the Mzungu (white person) who speaks, or at least tries, Kiswahili is entertaining if nothing else.

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