As part of the Breakfast Club, Thursdays are “class days”. Depending on whether I get home from work late, it usually runs from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.
Yesterday’s exercise was translating Chichewa words into their English meaning, which we’ve done once before – see post. I began the exercise by writing a Chichewa word beginning with A, then B, then C. Then I went to help each kid individually.
Junior, one of the eldest kids, has learnt how to use the dictionary very quickly. He finished the first 3 words before anyone else. So I asked him to take over as teacher and write more Chichewa words on the whiteboard. Resuming from D etc through to Z.
When he completed this, he turned to me and said: “Finished!”
I sceptically looked at the whiteboard, saw only 25 words and replied: “Junior, how many letters are in the alphabet?”
Junior confidently responds: “No X… ” and then shows me with dictionary that there are indeed no words which begin with X in Chichewa!
Well done Junior!! 🙂