This is the first blog of Agri Evolve from the perspective of learning a language. Now I believe where ever you go, it is so important to learn the local lingo. It can get you a long way, people respond better to your efforts, it saves you a lot of money and prevents ‘Mhzungu prices’ and above all, its good manners, they spend their whole lives learning English so a nice Warbuchire (good morning) Irowahi (how are you) goes a long way. It puts smiles on people’s faces and creates an acceptance of your presence.
However as languages go, I must say, it’s not very helpful. I don’t think it will appear as an emerging language, nor will it be featuring as an option for GCSE students. The language 20 minutes either way of our location changes to a new dialect so becomes completely irrelevant!
After a week of adapting to the surroundings and gaining confidence in a few basic words, on a trip to the local town I thought I would greet the people staring with some of my best Lhukonzo. To my disappointment, a little snigger and they spoke English back. I thought, what have I done? However the change of dialect and other languages prevented my intention to impress!
The language provides funny translations, and every so often, you have to think what has just been said. ‘Thank you please’ is always good to hear. ‘You’re welcome’ they love to say this before you even have chance to say thank you. It’s not because they’re being cheeky, they are all so polite. My favorite adaption is the use of the word sorry. People say sorry for your mistakes. It’s like they are apologising on your behalf. I always say to them it’s not your fault, however, that can become even more confusing!
Other than that, it’s great to settle into an unbelievable surrounding with great people and to visualise the vast potential.
Building work started with modifications to the irrigation system ensuring it is able to withstand the intense rain of the wet season and an easy week getting used to the huge cultural change from UK to UG.
Bring on Agri Evolve.