The last few weeks have been a busy time for us with a lot of traveling, driving and bus-ing across East Africa. We left home four weeks ago to head to our branch conference on the Kenyan coast, via stops in Sumbawanga, Mbeya. Iringa, Morogoro (due to a minor car problem), Dar es Salaam and Tanga along the way.
There are around 6,900 languages spoken around the world today, and probably several million species of plants and animals. A BBC article today suggests that those areas of the world that have a particularly high degree of biodiversity are often the very same areas that are the most linguistically diverse.
One of the most crucial parts of our adapting to living in Tanzania is being able to speak the national language – Swahili – to a reasonable level. Having spent 3 years in Tanzania before I am able to speak Swahili fairly well (I’m happy to report I haven’t forgotten too much…!), but Laura has only ever visited East Africa so has never had the chance to learn much Swahili.