Working our way through rounded and unrounded vowels or those goshdern fricative "g" and "k" sounds has run our mouths and our minds through the ringer the last 48 hours of linguistic acquisition. I haven't even learned enough yet to know if what I just said makes sense :)
The last 48 hours gives me an indication that the next week and a half are going to be intense. Tomorrow, Sam and I will start a 3 day course learning Russian. Not because we are going to Russia. But because being exposed to a new language with new sounds will force us to work through HOW to even go about learning a language. I should have signed up for the French group..... :)
Some of you have written and asked how to pray for us these days. For the next 2 weeks, pray that as our minds burst at the seams with new phonetic input at MTI, that our hearts would also burst with delight in God's perfect design for languages that now separate nations but will someday be used to sing His praise in unison. Pray that what we are exposed to here would sink in and that it would spur us on toward love and good deeds of learning Sesotho for the sake of someday speaking Truth and Love in Sesotho.
We love our praying warriors. Until we see you again, we'll keep A∫ak'ing our way through language drills until we know fricatives and glottal stops like the back of our hand!