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Michigan to Ghana Part 2 | November 6, 2014
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I'm a Gamerican

running isn't what you think it is, and other updates from Ghana

We're wrapping up our third week of language lessons and all is well here in Ghana. It's incredibly busy and there's no time to do anything but study. The language assessment is next Friday and I'll be happy when it's over and I have a little more free time.

Soon after our language assessment I'm meeting my site "contact person" and heading to Volta for a long weekend. Then it's off to the northern portion of the country for more technical training. I still don't know where I'll be living for the next two years but one of the trainers said someone will living on a mountain and I hope it's me since they said my village would also be speaking Lelemi. This is what I've gleaned about my possible sites from the brief research I've done.  

The Neighborhood children come to visit me every night but sometimes I have to send them away so I can get some studying done. I've been teaching them all about The Great Lakes State, and shared a song with them that I learned in elementary school.

So about "running..." In Ghana you don't say "I'm going for a run" or "I would like to run" because that would imply you're going to have diarrhea, or you would like to have diarrhea. You would say, "I'm training" or "trotting."

Other Ghanaian English
Bol bol = play football
I'm coming = I'll be back at some point
Tot = a shot of
Mineral = coke, pepsi, soda, etc.
Baf = bath
Are you having? = Do you have?

 

Technical Training at the Pig Farm
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