I have now come to day 18 of the Glossika GSR sentences. That means I have now learnt 180 sentences in Samburu!
It’s quite exciting, but things are starting to get tougher. A couple of example from recent sentences:
We’re here on vacation. We’re staying at a hotel on the beach. Ikietuo aeng’eng’a tene nikibikito te oteli nanyikita nkare.
They’re building a new hotel downtown. Kechetita oteli ng’ejuk te nkiji e lkerenket
We’re having dinner now. Can I call you later? Ikinyaita ndaa e teipa. Kaaidim aipoto tankae?
Yes, some things I will never really say in Samburu, although I sure wish I could stay at a hotel on the beach when I visit Log-Logo!
But I start to get a feel for the language now. I don’t really know the grammatical terms for all that I’ve learnt, but pronouns, verb conjugations, and recently continuous tense (I am reading. It’s not raining etc.) and even relative constructions with two verbs such as “is swimming” are some of the stuff I already begin to get a hang of!
The sentences of the Glossika Fluency modules are at the B1 and B2 levels (of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). That means that some basic knowledge of the language is required to follow along more easily.
I do have Stephen Wagner’s Samburu lessons and grammar as a reference. That helps me understand more of how the sentences are built.
And I do miss some basic concepts, such as greetings and some other basics of the language. Much of it comes embedded in the sentences of the Fluency modules though. But an introduction course would help, not only for me, to get a better base of Samburu to build on.
The other thing missing from Glossika, as I’ve mentioned before, are sentences and situations more specific to the Samburu culture. That is quite obvious, since Glossika is using the same sentences for all languages (which for example means that I can use Swedish as the source language when I learn Samburu).
In the Learning Samburu Facebook group we have started to discuss some of these Samburu-specific concepts. But to create something that other learners of Samburu can also benefit from, I think we need a more structured approach with time. Perhaps a Glossika Daily Life module for Samburu? Because I do like learning in chunks with sentences, rather than learning vocabulary that I can’t really use.
Anyway, I still feel very inspired, even with only 30 minutes a day or so of studying. It’s really exciting to know that I actually do have a great opportunity to learn Samburu, a language that I never really thought I would learn. Since I have many personal motives to learn the language, I look forward to when I reach day 100 and beyond!