Engagement

In my mind, the blog is for work and I put social things on Facebook, but this will affect all aspects of life, so here’s some news: On 30th July 2016, Aphia Tuwi asked me to marry him and I said, “Yes!”

We hope to marry in Scotland in 2017. I am going back to Scotland in March 2017 to visit churches and prayer groups and to prepare for the wedding!

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Teaching English

Greetings from East Chad! Here’s a photo of me hard at work teaching English. The students include men wanting to do commerce in Sudan, students wanting to do their Masters in English-speaking countries and women studying Law and International relations at the local university. I teach Level 1, which is a fun level to teach, as they start with no English and can understand and speak basic English at the end of 10 weeks!

The Explaining Game (Knowledge that we take for granted!)

The following is a list of things that are not easily understood by a lot of Chadians living in Abéché:

  • Berries, e.g. Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, etc.
  • Other currencies (apart from those who have already travelled to Sudan)
  • The sea. Salt water vs Fresh water
  • Bank cards and paying for things in shops using them
  • Supermarkets and trolleys
  • Travel insurance
  • House insurance
  • National insurance
  • Water-based toilets and waste water treatment
  • Toilets on aeroplanes
  • Snow, skiing and snowboarding
  • Icy roads
  • Compost
  • Hotel (where you stay with people you don’t know while travelling)
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Drinking water from individual glasses (rather than one big bowl)
  • Eating using a knife and fork
  • Dessert
  • Cake icing
  • Wool that has more than one colour in each ball
  • Washing machines
  • Dish-washers
  • Tumble dryers
  • Chronic illness that needs treatment for longer than a week
  • Chopping boards
  • Living inside a house
  • Closing a door
  • Going out in the rain

I’m sure that there are many more, but some of these concepts are difficult to explain.

Try explaining them in Chadian Arabic!