In a perfect world, the written language equals the spoken language. You see a word and you know, instantly and without thinking, how to pronounce it. You hear a sentence, and you know what it means. You have no doubts, you feel confident, everything is great. Only it isn’t. Because this is not a perfect world. This is real world, in which letters and sounds are two very different things. … More MARSHALLESE 15.0: BECAUSE OF THE OFFSHORE PODCAST
Do you know what makes learning a foreign language easier? Its similarity to the language you already speak. And anticipating your question here – no, Marshallese is nothing like English (or any other tongue I happen to know). But they have something in common. … More MARSHALLESE 14.0: WEEK IS WIIK, PIG IS PIIK
When you’re learning a foreign language, you’re often wondering: what does it mean? when to apply which grammar rule? where to put this or that word? why is the proper pronunciation so difficult to master? I’m sure you, dear learner, have asked yourself these questions hundreds of times. And although I would love to answer them for you, I simply can’t. But instead, I can tell you (all) about the WH-words in Kajin M̗ajel̗. Interested? … More MARSHALLESE 13.0: WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY?
Learning a foreign language is never easy. Even if you enjoy it, even if you’re good at it, it is always a hard job. You have to grasp the pronunciation, understand the grammar, memorize the vocabulary, and then put it all together to be able to make the simplest sentence. But the funniest thing is that all this isn’t the worst. So what is? … More MARSHALLESE 12.0: MY ENEMY – UNCERTAINTY
Io̗kwe Pāpode! [Hello February!]. How quickly you have arrived! This second month of the year means that my revision period has officially ended. The time has come to start learning new material. And what better way to do it than with a set – or even two – of pronouns? … More MARSHALLESE 11.0: ME, US, THEM… AND ME, US, THEM AGAIN
You know the drill – new year, new start. And I’m not talking about all those resolutions we usually make and then give up on after a few days or weeks. I’m talking about changing the things you know you have to change; the things that didn’t work out the way you had expected. In my case, it is rearranging my study plan. … More MARSHALLESE 10.0: NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNING
Whenever you learn a foreign language, there comes a time when you should finally put your knowledge to use. It’s never easy and always stressful, because you are painfully aware that you are most certainly going to make mistakes. Despite this, you know – you just know – you have to try. So today, I am trying. … More MARSHALLESE 9.0: FIRST ATTEMPT AT KAJIN M̗AJEL̗
It has been almost a year since I officially began my Marshallese adventure. Twelve fun and productive months, during which I have learnt a lot not only about Kajin M̗ajeļ but also about myself. And as we are nearing the end of the year, I thought it would be the perfect time to sum up my linguistic journey. … More MARSHALLESE 8.0: YEAR ONE SUMMARY
I have a question for you: what’s the difference between a boy and a girl? And no, I’m not talking about the “obvious” things here. (We all are well aware of the fact that men are from Mars and women from Venus.) Any ideas? No? Let me give you an answer then. It may surprise you. Even shock you… There is almost no difference. At least in Marshallese. … More MARSHALLESE 7.0: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BOY AND A GIRL
Any language you don’t know sounds like a continuous stream of indistinct babble. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t understand the meaning of sentences you hear. But the minute you start learning a foreign tongue, everything changes. Or rather, everything should change. Because it’s not always as easy as you wish it were. … More MARSHALLESE 6.0: COULD YOU REPEAT, PLEASE?