English is the Language of Travel

As I sit here on a French computer keyboad in Morocco and read some of the news around the world it would be possible for me to believe that the French language is the language of Africa of the travel language of Africa.


I was reading this dodgy article on CNN and of course I do not trust anything it says, but I do have to read some news...

I could not discern who quoted this, I think it was this dingaling reporter from CNN trying to put words in either Chiracs or U.K. Europe Minister Denis MacShane mouth.
(Reprters like this Robin Oakley CNN European Political Editor should be taken out back have their mouths washed out with soap for telling lies.)

There is also rivalry over whether French or English is the dominant language.

Now I can 100 percent say, fortunate for me, English is the language to learn if you travel, then if you had a good understanding of Chinese or how the Asian Languages work, then learn Spanish, the if you wanted for some fun learn French, but not really needed. German is not needed in the least, but as always learn to say hello and thank you in all languages. Bad manners can get you killed, so be careful Chirac and Robin Oakley.

I was told by a Beautiful French woman,
We love to listen to Americans speak French with an American accent.

... I cannot find the quotation marks on this machine.

So learning French and French women is a different issue. I consider France one of them easy to accommodate cultures...

French Baby Talk

French Baby Talk
Aboisso, Cote d-Voire - Ivory Coast
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

I have realized I speak Baby Talk French, I cannot put together a complete sentence and refuse to do so, I have learned from experience and one time by a dangerous experience not to try to speak sentences. I cannot understand the reply, so it is silly to start. I say one word, hope they intuitive grasp the meaning or question. A word said correctly is a question; therefore, I ask many questions and want a short word reply.

I have list of my top 200 words or 100 words I consider essential to for travel talk, a cheat sheet of sorts that is for me to learn first. My prioritized lists of words that help me travel in French countries. Being I have not filled in the gaps in my database or page, I am slowly and laboriously going through the Rough Guide French Language book and writing the correct, I hope correct words in my database. I then write the word as it sounds to me in English as my hint. A slow, but learning experience, as any work using the word is time spent studying.
I annoyed constantly with the persons who wish me to jump from Baby Talk to Adult Talk…. Impossible, I do not have a vocabulary and will not until I get at least about 500 words and I think 2000 is the amount needed to be conversational in a small degree. To be fluent in a language is when I can explain many nuances and watch TV with no problem. I can read this language already because I did have one year in University, which I then proceeded to never use.

I love these epiphanies of understanding, I love when I suddenly get the light bulb above my head and understand the process by which I learn. I think it called Gestalt.

- According to Gestalt psychology, images are perceived as a pattern or a whole rather than merely as a sum of distinct component parts. The context of an image plays a key role. - (2)

French Baby Talk

Abroni White Man

Abroni White Man
Takoradi, Ghana
Sunday, August 13, 2006

I am called names, I recognize when they say,
- White Man, -
In English, as it is the official Language of Ghana, however I sussed out another name they call me last night, it is
- Abroni - of White man

In the language of the Fante people, now that sounds tribal, and that sounds mythical and African, but it is not that simple. In Guatemala, they have good clear tribal differences, the tops and shirts of the women will be different, the men are more difficult to separate.

I may be able to tell the different between Islamic and not-Islamic here, probably Christian, but I cannot see a simple separation or difference between Ethnic groups, maybe, I can say tribe, not a good word in my mind.

All the people in Tokoradi, Ghana more or less look the same, dress the same, and act the same. You have rich, poor, black, less black, high forehead, lowers, short hair is often the fashion, or the mesh braids. I have not seen dreads, which is fine with me…

I learned the word Abroni last night while playing with a small girl in the street that was bound and determined to hug my hand. It was lights out and was walking to the fried rice stand down the street to say hello to Apha and buy some rice for 50 Cents U.S. Walking to the rice stand, I ran into the child who ran and grabbed me, and then the mother grabbed my hand. All, said hello, then upon returning with me eating the rice out of Styrofoam Box, plastic spoon, rubber banded and a napkin set up, I saw the little girl again. The electricity was off, there was no reason to enter the hotel, and it was pitch dark, only the cars driving by gave enough light to be alive.

I asked if I could sit on the end of the bench with some women, the little girls was playing vigorously, calling me, saying things, about half and half, some English and some other. She finally said as if she was saying my name.
- Abroni -

I asked,
- What does that mean? -
The older person replies,
- White Man. -

Ok, Great, I am happy, I take out a piece of paper and pen and start to write it down, she helps, grabs the paper and writes it for me. Which is very good, I have no found that many people that can write abstract words, or ideas. They only will write maybe what is easy or simple, to sit and write Abroni, White men in the Fante language is different. She did put men and not man, I check a few times. Interesting, I wonder if she thinks in plural and not singular of white man.

I have copied and posted two in interesting concepts on this language of the Fante people. The Encyclopedia Encarta describes the Fante as the Ethnic group, not the name of the language, however there is no Fante language shown below. Nobody seems to understand the name of their language, or when I ask in English, what language are you speaking, I get no answers.


Fante or Fanti,
African people inhabiting the territory of the former native African kingdom of Fante. The Fante are anthropologically and linguistically related to the Ashanti. The territory of the former kingdom, which forms a part of Ghana, covers approximately 52,000 sq km (about 20,000 sq mi) and extends about 145 km (about 90 mi) along the coast. The Fante were once the most numerous and powerful people on the Gold Coast. Their kingdom began to decline at the start of the 19th century, after repeated invasions by the Ashanti, a powerful tribe from the north. A relatively high level of tribal government among the Fante is indicated by the institution of the “stool”—the investment or dethronement (destooling) of the king or paramount chief by the tribal elders.

Ethnic Divisions
Adangbe, Akuapem, Akyem, Ashanti, Bono, Dagomba, Ewe, Fante, Ga, Gonja, Kwahu, Mamprusi, Nzima, and others

English (official), Akan, Nzima, Dagbane, Ga, Ewe, other African languages

Abroni White Man

I Must Study French

I Must Study French
Lome Togo

I am resting, I am not immersed in an place where I want to speak French, most of the person here I say, Hello in English and let them deal with it.

Moreover, I need to learn French, it is causing trouble.

I am playing around, walking today, it Sunday, I think the French Africa has a hangover, and Ghana is in some church dancing and singing.

However, as I walked around the city, I think of word I want to use, I try to collect these words and add to my vocabulary, I think I am at about 200, I need about 500 in my experience with Spanish, to just have a minor conversation. This does not include the numbers… hehehe

Today problem, I came back from walking, a long walk, tired, hot, sweaty. I am walking across the street, two girls are walking, one is bubble this, and round that, and on her rear is the word Brazil. I am in the walking passing lane, and I say,
- Bon Jour,-
Hello, in English or good morning, good day.

Ok, whatever, I say Hello, and they say hello, they seemed surprised as is everyone I meet when I say hello, I continue with this habit event though the socialization of the planet says to stop.

I say then,
- Fala Portueguesa? -
or or something like that in the Portuguese language. Do you speak Portuguese?

She nods here head, I realize later she did not know. Well, then I learn they are from Togo, the two immediately ask me where I live.

A normal question and not a stalking question, the taxi driver earlier wanted to know where I lived. It can be translated to mean, when do you live so I can figure out how to make you pay what you will pay. People in expensive hotels normally are clueless on what is the fair price. I just answer the question, knowing I am willing to give anybody the boot if they stop at my room.

Well, I could see my hotel from where we were standing. I say,
- Le Galion -
I point, and say more or less the blanc building, they seemed lost.

I pointed, then said,
- Deux Etage, Maison Blanc-

I am not sure, I think I was trying to say, the Second Floor of the White Building.

The think I said douz or 12,
The say,
- Qui,- Yes
I say,
- Non, deux -

They say ok, the one girls speaks English a small small as she says,
- She come at 2:00. -

Aagh, I am talking about the second floor of my building and she is thinking I am saying to come to my hotel at 2:00.

I am walking away, thinking, I am not sure, pretty bubble, round and sorts, I can sit on the balcony again and talk. I am drastically simplifying this, when in the afternoon the came over, I said, want to go to the plaige. The beach, it just outside the door, they say, yes but we can go to a pretty one very close in a taxi. I am thinking, just another stretch of beach, oops, they drag me to another restaurant White Man bar where I proceed to get obligated to buy lunch.

This good is another pretty, nice, outstanding, bubble, the whole thing is like getting raped by Shakira, but natural. I am not sure if I should run or enjoy.

I am getting the picture, do not talk to girls ever, they is not stops here, there is no social customs that say to stay away from men hotel room. This is an easy protection on the planet, a nice girl will not go to the hotel of a man and knock on the door. I think anyone and everyone many knock on my door if they could get money.

I Must Study French

Benin French Immersion

Benin French Immersion
Ouidah, Benin
Saturday, September 9, 2006

Benin is 161
Togo is 142 on my 2002 HDI - Human Development PDF file I have on my computer.

Ouidah, Benin has been a fresh change from Togo, it is almost as if the people speak more French here. The say Bon Jour Monsieur and not just Bon Jour, there is a completeness to the sentences, that was lacking in Togo.

There are always islands in any country where the average educational level is higher than others are. I had a little girl of 11 giving me the third degree, talking slow, deliberate fully empathetic that I need to hear the French slowly. I think she can read, I will go back tomorrow to the well for another French lesson. Her mother is exceptionally knowledgeable also, works selling telephone calls at a kiosk next to the Panff Hotel here in Ouidah.

The girl Nicole that works in the restaurant, that is part of the hotel was speaking in good passable English and helping to correct my French pronunciation and clarify. A quick intuitive nature is obvious in many people here in Ouidah, a breeze is blowing that helps me tremendously.

I am learning French as remarkable speed, there is nobody here that speaks English, my French is always dominating his or her English, and thus we speak in French. Very few can now speak English better than I can speak French.

I can speak Spanish, I remember how long it took me to learn, how tiresome it was, and difficult to talk. However, now it real bonus, because of the vast number of cognates or words that are most the same as Spanish words. I shall be able to change easy to French, the Spanish is an accent, I am thinking in French, and not by default Spanish. English is of no value, therefore no thoughts in English, a person naturally talks and thinks in what works.

Immersion in a language demands or it is required that people talk to you. I am glad I did not go first to France to learn, it would have only slowed down my learning. The people in Africa all want to talk with me; I can have a conversation anywhere and anytime and practice my French.

I will return to my room, listen to my French on the BYKI, Before You Know, It French program on my computer. This helps to clean the pronunciations and see how they adapt here or change.

I really do not want an African accent; however, I can go to France and clean up my bad habits. I did this in Spanish and a habit can be broken by me, I know this. I am capable of applying pronunciation guides if I work through all the rules. I am slowly sussing out all the rules of pronunciation. More difficult in Spanish because the combine two words on an almost word-by-word basis, they are Liasoned, or something like that, connected, the last letter can be the start of the next word.

Benin French Immersion


Cotonou Benin
Wednesday, September 13, 2006

(Greek, "dispersion")

scattering of language, culture, or people: a dispersion of a people, language, or culture that was formerly concentrated in one place
the African Diaspora (2)

Sadly, sometimes, like the people of Africa, they were forced, not always positive in my mind, but they were forced to travel to other places and live.

There is immigration and emigration

EMIGRATION - leaving process
- moving to another country: the act of leaving a native country to live in another country.

IMMIGRATION - receiving process…
- arrival of settlers in a new country: the act of people entering into a new country to settle permanently.

I love border cities, nothing more curious and fun to watch than a big soap opera. At borders, frontiers, the crossing of the river, the jumping of a mountain range you have one of the biggest fights on the planet. Armed guards, patrol dogs, machine guns, smugglers, and all sorts of fun people. Like Alices Restaurant, the song, to the hundredth power.

Most travelers and tourist will do anything to leave a border town as quickly as possible, to vacate. The guidebooks almost totally ignore and agree nothing interesting to see in a border town…

Except Total Cultural Diversity.

A place where many cultures fight for dominance and sometime shoot others if they cross… hehehe The true no-mans land of cultural study, where cultures go down to basic motivations.

Oprah Winfrey
- I am the product of every other black woman before me who has done or said anything worthwhile. Recognizing that I am a part of history is what allows me to soar. -

Oprah Winfrey (1954 - )
U.S. talk show host, actor, and businesswoman, 1989.

There is almost a 99-100 percent probability that Oprah is part of the Diaspora or people from Africa that were dispersed around the Americas, and other lands to used as slaves.

He ancestors, her blood was part of Africa, now in the USA, and doing exceptionally well… (Oprah for President, much better than Hillary or Condoleezza Rice.) I know Condoleezza for President, and Oprah for Vice President, a truly noteworthy, world changing presidency. I think Condoleezza Rice is more prepared for the stress.

I saw, a brief thing on CNN, saying or noting Oprah going to South Africa or something, I was not able to see, the heartbreak of curiosity of the world and travel.

I truly believe Oprah Winfrey could change the channel of life for Africa, I believe she has within her sphere of influence, the Nobel Prize Winning, the magnanimous ability to change the planet for the better.

Jesse Jackson is following the path of Jimmy Carter, not knowing when to stop, grow up, and keep his mouth shut, however I do believe Oprah is both a good business and good diplomat, how she handles making decisions of many people, and not only her own empire is maybe a different issue.

Africa appears to be living under, as is the USA, Caribbean, however not South America strangely of a cloud of the blame game. The entire problem, past, future, present, etc are because you made me a slave.

Africa people were not a slaves, it had people taken. (Note, I think there were many slaves in Africa; however, I am not sure… Arabs, and such, one chief of another group, this was a big business inside the African world.)

The removal of the cloud, the transformation of a continent from sitting around waiting for someone to come and save them. To a land of proactive, take the bull by the horn, entrepreneurial success stories can most easily be done by one of the DIASPORA.

White People saving black people is marketing blunder.


Fon Language of Benin

Fon Language of Benin
Cove Benin West Africa
Monday, September 18, 2006

I personally am entering the French language or Francophone culture, simultaneously below, I am also entering, however not immersing in the Fon Language culture.

There are many levels of entering a culture; very few mean much on the grander levels of continent or country. The differenced do matter between a greater comparative level, however few persons can compare Africa to South America, Asia, India, Europe, North America, Central, etc. All these comparisons are time sensitive, how long did you spend in these areas and how did you live.

I have been both in the Francophone and Anglophone Christian corridor culture along the coast of West Africa from Cote d-Ivoire to Benin, I am turning north into the Francophone that will leave the Christian and move to Indigenous and then Islamic. It is half-Christian here and half Islamic. Not easy to see Indigenous religions and Voodoo think is not big more of a popular for tourist concept. Most person I have met seem to really talk bad of voodoo, if I mention to a Christian, they jump and say bad, very bad… Etc.

ENCARTA Encyclopedia breakdown: (2)

Religious affiliations
Indigenous beliefs 52 percent
Roman Catholic 21 percent
Muslim 20 percent
Protestant 4 percent
Other 3 percent

To understand a culture I believe you need to speak the language, however best if you do not want to speak the language or for some reason in love with the language. If a person learns a language to be practical, to communicate, do business, to travel, to learn, then there is no zealot-overlaid love of the culture of the language. I would guess that about 90 percent of person leaning either French, Spanish, German are in the zealot type mentality. They wish to be, they want to be French, they want to German, they want to be Spanish, they start dressing, acting, and becoming French, not a great way to observe a culture, however they are becoming the culture, rather with no desire to be their own, more to leave and become another. I am always Midwest USA, Indiana traveling in another culture. I do not just throw away a perfectly functional socialization and adapt another.

I am being socialized now towards the Francophone culture with a local language twist.

I am watching and noticing a repeat of TV5Monde television channel it is becoming the CNN or BBC of the Anglophone world to me. I am only starting, maybe 3 percent Francophone started to be socialized, very difficult in a country or land that does not really speak French as their first language. Fon is the language of the locals; I believe they speak Fon between each other, then some French thingies interspersed and a bunch of language bleeding.

Yesterday, I rented a room from three girls. One spoke French with me, tried a few English words. The other two rather looked at me.

There are maybe five girls, however they are coming and going and I cannot be sure. I wanted to know,
- How many white people come to the hotel? -
The girl that was the receptionist or Priscilla said something like
- 20 Mille -

Or 20,000 she was talking in money or the local currency of Francs, the word - Combien - means how much and normally associate for a person who does not speak French well with money.

I do not speak French well, however am slowly figuring it means how much and I can put the word like - PEOPLE -

So I can say, how many people, or,
- Combien Gens? -

This is all difficult and for sure, I do not know what I am doing, I am doing the slow grope of the language.

The owner or Patron was walking up, so they did a pass off to him. I shook hands, not a normal custom, but take it to a higher level of respect, and proceeded. I asked how many people, white people come in one month, he said finally two, and so about 24 white people could stop in Cove, not in my guidebook city Benin.

In the Guidebook or not in the Guidebook is a huge different in the world, if you want to find other tourist to talk with or as they say, white people. I wonder how the Japanese like being called White People; I do not think they care. I feel awkward being labeled white man, I think the French like it, and the others find it interesting.

He explain,
- Priscilla speaks good French. -
- Angel speaks Fon -
- Claire speaks Fon -
- Unknown girls name speaks Fon -

I speak maybe a quarter as good of French as Priscilla, I would say my vocabulary is richer, however here is extremely practical, she is going to be able to talk about the TV, Room, Music, anything in a very conversational way, I will be able to spell a word and write a word better.
The owner, hmm, what is his name, oops.

Ok well, he can speak good French and Small Small English as they say. The English is annoying and the West Africa culture has a problem with yes or no, they are yes or no, no maybe.

I say, that I speak English, so they speak Small Small English and they think,
- Yes, I will speak English. -

But no, I speak Small Small or Petit Petit Francaise.

I speak better French, or it is the dominant language between 95 percent or more of the people I meet. This mean we need to converse in French, and maybe use some English words when I cannot speak in French. We augment the conversation and clarify with English sometimes, worked very well with the owners.

However, in his black and white, yes, no, on, off brain or culture he thought, the man speaks English; therefore, I must try to speak English to help. He continually tried to speak English with me, and his English is terrible, not true, he has a vocabulary, however has never used it.

I have a large French Vocabulary and have been using it a lot, so I am quicker to talk in French, I can think easier. I finally said, IN French, please, talk French it is much easier for me, as I believe my French is much better, I understand big, not small small.

With the owners I can enter the world of Francophone, with the Television, which has been in about 75 percent of my rooms, I can enter the country of France version of Francophone socialization.

A zealot Francophone lover, would go crazy with this, to learn French in Africa is like learning to speak Spanish for a Spain person in Mexico, not a good way to do it, Mexican Spanish is not a good Spanish to learn, to much rolling of the R and not normal for Spanish.

Interesting thought I just expressed, to learn in an objective way about France, figure out who is learning French in Africa, because for sure they probably are not in love with French, that is not true, the Volunteers and the NGOs probably are, however, my too smart, too knowledgeable German friend by the name of Thomas that hung around the Galien Hotel in Lome Togo was a great source of information on West Africa.

On hindsight, I can see I should have spent a few days picking his brain on what is the pros and cons of Africa, how to slice and dice this place. Get the skinny, the insights into what is really happening here and not what everyone is saying is happening on TV, Books, guidebooks or some Francophone Cultural Zealot based mentality.

Note we have subgroups of travelers in Africa I will call the Rasta Zealots and more or less just children, clueless and lost in space, a very dangerous culture though, and mass destruction of culture is happening with the Rasta. Hmm, Rasta versus Christian? Maybe ok for Africa, destruction by Music. Not all cultures should survive in my opinion, some like the culture of Hitler needed to be exterminated and kept shunned, like the Ku Klux Klan, they need shunned and kept on the back burner, sort of hate mongers.

I think maybe that is the word to think Clan, if a person develops a clan zealot mentality or towards cult in nature, it become a protect the groups; socialize the group to destroy other groups.

Ok, fun for me to feel my entry into the Frenchie culture, I will NOT wear a scarf around my neck and start to walk like a girl, or drink wine, and use French food words. I was watching some reporters round table show on TV5Monde or something yesterday, I would have love to learned clearly what they were saying. They were discussing how the Papa or Vatican, the Pope said, or somehow came out explaining how terrorism is related to the Islamic religion.

A French cultural perspective from inside the Francophone world would be interesting. France just got there we are neutral status handle to them on a you are not neutral I think by Al Queda in Algeria or something. I have been laughing for days. Nobody is neutral in with a terrorist, they cause terror, they are indiscriminate, the kill-to-kill, sort of like children with bombs, wanting to be famous. Copycat serial killers with a common thread.

Fon Language of Benin

Load Shading in Nepal

Load Shading in Nepal
Katmandu, Nepal Asia
Friday, January 19, 2007

The Electricity is shut off at pre-arranged times.

I like words, the Nepali people around me have been using the term - Load Shading. -

I sometimes feel stupid, yet I resort to thinking, I am too old, too experienced, too much water has gone over the bridge to think this, I do not understand the term.

What they mean is this, the shut the electricity completely for areas of the city at pre-arranged times. This means where I am living on Mondays and Wednesday between 5:00 and 7::30 PM there is no electricity and also on Friday morning, I think between 6:00 and 8:00 AM.

I am thinking about this, because it is Friday morning and there is no electricity in my room, I can work on my computer because it has a battery good for about 1-2 hours…. hehehe, the lights need to come on.

Biggest problem is I cannot make coffee with my one-cup coffer cooker.

So where did the word - Shading - come from, I can understand load, or the load on the electrical system. Yet, there is not in the shade or middle ground here in my room, it is an outage.

I looked up in my Encarta Encyclopedia on my computer, there is not load-shading, however, there is load shedding.

Load Shedding:
- temporary reduction in electricity supply: a temporary reduction in a supply of electricity as a method of reducing the demand. - (2)

Maybe my hotel is just spelling wrong, I looked up on the Internet and there are pages of Nepal and Load Shading, so not the only place.

I will go do the Wiki thing. I did not find Load Shading, yet I did discover the Load Shedding, however, even that goes on to be redirected to - Rolling blackout - on Load Shedding

My battery is getting weak, I need to conclude my thread of curious word following research.

There is probably a I will check.
Yep, there is:

There are hazards of following words of research, it is extremely easy for a the curious to get sidetracked. The page explaining about Dictionaries in the Wikipedia is fascinating.

No Load Shade, yet again there is load shedding.

Aaagh, low battery warning, 7:48, time to turn it on…

I think this is a what I call - India English - thing, the India people like many countries have their own version of English. I am finding this term mostly on India English pages. "Load Shading" Search

Load Shading in Nepal

French What I need to Learn

French What I need to Learn
Lome, Togo West Africa
Saturday, March 10, 2007

I need a list of English Verbs translated to French.
I need I this and you that.

I have already learned one language, I am very capable of having a conversation, watching TV, etc in Spanish. Therefore, I have a prior knowledge of what I personally need to do to ram French words into my head. I say ram, because there is nothing natural, easy, quick and spontaneous about me learning a language. It is pure drudgery and hard work for me to learn a language, every word demands repetition, rote memory and pain of monotonous study.

Past tense, future, are not needed, there are whole languages that do not have a past tense, future, etc, and they do talk about the future, they do know the past and the future, they need to say,
- In the future, I go etc. -

There are infinitives, this is the base word, more of noun to people, nonetheless it is not much value either.

What I need is this, a list of,
- I go -
- You go -

For every English verb, then translated to:
Je vais = I go
Tu allez = You go

I did this sweep of pages on the internet, found all the English verbs I could muster, then put in the Systran Translation software, as
I + Verb
You + Verb
Therefore, it was I go and you go, the program auto translated guaranteeing I will have some sloppy, yet functional words to use, yet the clarification is an emotional moment when I learn also.

I truly believe if I can study the 1263 variance of I and you with verb translated to French, then my life will be easy. After that it is just filling in the blank with prepositions and correct ways of saying a sentence.

It is hard work to write, say, spell, speak, repeat each of these 1263 words correctly, but maybe I can get up to a 2000 word vocabulary and when my friend Ami, the real name wants to joke around, I can understand better and not be the joke. Actually in reality, I am conversing and having many conversations with people, providing they talk slow.

It is and interesting experience to learn a language, and at the same time need it, slowly discovering the use of Formal Vous is not use here and why am I being taught it constantly. What I can learn easily is so far away from what I really need, then again do people that have a hard time learning languages try to learn languages? I find that the White people here that speak French are mostly naturals, they learn languages as easily as I can learn a computer.

However, they can not put them word in Database, sort, translate, then program a Macro to repeat the word 20 times, but then again they learn it on hearing it once.

Everything is needed if you wish to become fluent in a language, but the first part of speaking French is survival and small talk, it does not start out with some huge intellectual conversation.

I now will try to talk Ami into recording how to say all the words into the one program I have to learn French.

French What I need to Learn

Languages Learned Naturally

Languages Learned Naturally
Lome, Togo West Africa
Thursday, March 15, 2007

I am in an ideal hotel, location, situation to learn French, I have an over abundance of people willing to speak French with me so I can practice.

My friend Peter from Germany spoke Thai, Spanish, English, and of course German, I am sure he spoke a couple more languages.

My friend (forgot) from Australia spoke Tagolog, the language of the Philippines, Indonesian and anything he got near.

Rene from Lome, Togo speaks Mina the local language, French and English and maybe anything he gets near. (Photo on this page is of Rene, I call them Bongos, the culture is of Bob Marley is the same, the type of Drum changes.)

These types of people make the study of a language difficult.

I remember beginning Spanish class in Indiana University, my freshman year and needing to study a language as part of my Liberal Arts degree. I got a C in the course, studied more than anybody in the class and realized, everyone in the class had about three years of Spanish in High School and I had zero, there was nothing beginning about this class for them.

These types of people make the study of a language difficult.
Ghana is presently full of the native English speakers, the Brits, Americans, or people like the Dutch or Scandinavian who studied English for years in school.

Togo is full of French people.

French people generally do not go to Ghana.
British or American generally do not go to Togo
Ghana is a former English speaking colony
Togo is a dominated by the French.

Americans travel to England and Australia and call it great.
French travel to Morocco and call it great.
South Americans go to Miami and Spain and call it great.

People travel where life is easiest, where they feel comfortable, and they should. I travel where I learn the most, where I am mentally challenged the most, where maybe it the most difficult. I thrive on problem solving, and doing things I have trouble doing.

I enjoy writing because it explains my brain; to myself, as I construct a sentence I learn slowly how my brain works as I look over the already written sentences. I can see how it continually makes the same combinations of words, the same problems are repeated, and sometimes I slowly learn, how to unlearn to not make the same problems. I know the persons who are naturally good at English grammar and the English language are annoyed.

These types of people make the study of a language difficult.

I need, must, do, will exclude isolate myself, and separate myself from the naturally good at language speaking people. There are classes in writing, I personally believe they would teach me how to write like the teacher. I think reading is the way to learn to write, I would like to write like James Michener, however I probably write more like Jack Kerouac and do not like to read what he writes.

I know I naturally write or say things in a quizzical, puzzling manner, I could use the word enigmatic, but to me the word puzzle is the goal, to speak and communicate.

I watch and listen to my friend Rene, an African man from Lome, who speaks language easy. He enjoys speaking French with me, in a difficult and low voice, hard for me to understand, the tone is at a level where I have trouble. He enjoys this, than thinks he is teaching, when he makes it difficult, and he is, but not well.

When he does this, he has lost me, he has gone too far over my head, he is speaking French too complicated and too complex for me to learn from him. This is what happens when I am around the natural learners of languages, normally the only persons who would travel to a French speaking location like Togo, are those who enjoy being good at something and another person being bad, they enjoy the power, or really fools gold power. They want to be tyrants, probably why they volunteer…. Hehehe

I need to continually adjust my group of French speakers, as I continue to learn to speak French, I will need to speak with persons who speak French faster and better to increase my ability.

I am naturally good at computers, I need to continually subject myself to extremely intelligent persons on a computer, however boring I may consider it, and to me, this is extremely boring, but necessary.

I think if I am learning a computer, learning to speak a language, being a volunteer, or learning in general and I feel very smart. Then I am probably not learning, I am being a tyrannical learner, not learning anything. I must feel uncomfortable, and have small accomplishments every day, the proper balance.

When somebody says, oh this is easy, I now am starting to remember when I said this to people, there is nothing good about making a person feel stupid. I have slowly learned the wisest move I can often make it to not say a word, to listen, it helps me to learn, and it makes allows the other person to continual to learn.

I am wondering if learning all these small rules for myself will ever be important, I enjoy them, however I know, and understand this small inner journey is for my benefit. I must continually give the wheel a quick twist and turn to enjoy the spinning of my life.

Languages Learned Naturally

Where is the French W

Where is the French W
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I have now two friends with a W in their names, and I am lost on how to pronounce their names.

I did a search of 1139 words in my computer, that I can listen to the words being pronounced, I found one word, sandWich.

le sandWich au jambon

However, two of my friends have a W in their names.

Mawuli a Man.
Awel a Female, maybe I spelled wrong.

Learning a language to me could be very easy if they just stopped pretending I can learn by context, or by associations and just say to me.
- Andy this is a lot of work, you need to sit down and remember these 3000 words, rules, and you will have a good start. -

Instead, there is a never-ending search through all the pages, the books, the documentations about French.

Everyday, I have to search through all the French materials I have searching for a rule, reason, explanation how to pronounce, or whatever pops up question.

I truthfully believe languages are easy, I think the teachers and books are difficult. This is my second language I am really going after to learn, and I speak a little of many other languages, not a newbie at this communication game.

I am a worker, not a game player, I just want to get to work, get it over with and talk French. I do not enjoy all the work I must do to collect the rules of French into one location, they have been speaking this language for a while, and teaching.

The website has been great; it goes in detail and hardly misses a point. My computer program, although good for learning words and how to pronounce the one word, does not teach any grammar, rules, or rules of pronunciation; I will learn the 1139 word they way they say them and can repeat like a smart monkey

When I see a sign along the side the road, I cannot phonetically sound out the word because of the computer program. The rules in do help, and are good.

I guess, I am irritated at was I think of as dysfunctional thinking, this is it, I am angry, that I am forced to behave dysfunctional. I am forced to study and read dysfunctional explanations.

They violate the rule of enmeshment, they overlap, intertwine, and combine ideas never giving me a direct single concept to learn, they give me choices of interpretations, I can read their explanations and never be sure, it does not function.

I am a horrible person to learn French, I cannot hear the intonations, a person must repeat the word 5 times, and then two minute later I will forget how to say. I must write it down, read, write, repeat 20 times minimal or I forget, however once I remember the rules, I do not forget because I have worked very hard to remember.

The books seem written by a person that did not want to burden the student with all the minute details, just saying, oh they will figure them out and we do, or we will continually mispronounce for the rest of our lives. We do not figure them out, and 90 percent of their students did not learn, or want to learn, and they did not really want to teach.

I remember this guy Jack from Canada in Mexico, he lived there for 20 years and could not pronounce the word Mujer, in fact, he demolished most words, yet he would say he studied the language.

This is what happens when there is no correction and the bad habits become impossible to stop, you write as I write, your grammar is like my grammar, all the rules are violated, and because the person truly believes, they are saying, writing and communicating in the language well, they cannot not stop their bad habits.

Teaching me French grammar is impossible in a way, I do not know English grammar, hard to explain and adjective, when I am never sure what an adjective is, or how to construct a sentence.

I get frustrated when the spell checker says… Sentence Fragment… I think, that is nice, why, how do I fix, come on please, help me to learn, I want to know what I did wrong. Great, now I know I have a sentence fragment, so what?

I am guessing, yet I believe there are about 3000 rules of any language, you could just make a big list of 3000 rules, examples of word, how to pronounce in a row, then say, learn them all and you are ok. Then you need to go and use the language, practice, and slowly learn the sound, the style and the common way of talking.

I found a way to pronounce the French Alphabet on the internet.

Now, if I can find some words with a W in the word, so I can figure out why there is no W’s to be found, and why my friends say their names the way they say them. I want to deal with W, I want to learn all the way the W is used, how not to use, when to use, how to pronounce, I know they could do this, one letter, and all the rules, then A, B, C, etc.

Note, my new friends speak Mina as their first language, maybe they speak French, maybe the do not. Mawuli speak French worst than me, so who know why he spells his name the way he does. The other girl, this mother of 2, single, and selling peanuts and - Divers - I think this means Miscellaneous, I wrote Isabelle to learn, not in the dictionary, but on every sign I see.

The mother, strangely, out of the blue, on a back street, way off in the yonder speaks perfect French, I can talk and understand her easily, but when she spelled out her name, I was lost. I will try again tomorrow; she gave me a Cadeau, a gift of peanuts. I about dropped out of my chair, a gift, someone is giving me a gift, after having about 30 people per day ask you for a gift, the idea of receiving one seems radical, out of this world, there seems to be such a one way street, how could a person offer me a gift.

There are special stars in the sky, I must be sure to keep my eyes open.

I hope after I am good at French, I never tell anyone how easy it is to learn a language; it is just a lot of work, no more, no less. Unless you are a natural and that is not really the same.

Anybody can learn a language, that is easy to see, most people speak one language, there own.

Where is the French W

My Only Choice is French

My Only Choice is French
Tsevie, Togo West Africa
Thursday, April 19, 2007

I have only one choice, I need to learn French better, if I wish to travel in these African Francophone countries, and learn more about the culture, than I need to talk better French.

If I spoke French about 4 degrees better, I could interview of give the quiz to the Hotel Owners and avoid their lies better, and have a better room and travel cheaper.

Sometimes, I am quite positive, the people here speak horrible French, and then I think, they speak good French. There is only one way to know, and that is to speak better French than them, and to know when I am not pronouncing the words correctly or maybe them.

There a many phrases in French, which are repeated many times in conversations. I am going to start writing them down, therefore when I hear them; I know I can repeat easily. The locals appear, although I cannot be sure, they appear to speak these pat phrases, sort of like canned answers. Then when there is a word that is not common, it will baffle them.

I tried two times today, to say, I am going to go see the Hippos, finally when I wrote it down, one person instantly understood, however, the two girls in the Shell Station next to the Hotel Grand here in Tsevie had to think for a long time to know what this was.

I think the girls called an Animal an Aneemoe and I think it should be pronounced Aneemah. This is the confusion, I am never positive, therefore I am easily confused. I will study my French.

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My Only Choice is French

Togo Body Talk

Togo Body Talk
Togo West Africa
Wednesday, May 2, 2007

My body talks, I think the language of body talk here in Togo iis about a 90-10 ratio. What I say with words has about a 10 percent value and what I say with my body has a 90 percent. When the Togo people talk to me, they talk with their bodies.

I think the USA is about a 60-40 ratio, 60 percent with body and 40 percent with words, and words can totally over ride the body language. I trust body talk more than words. Here in Togo, words cannot override body language easily, unless accompanied by a lot of jumping and waving or body language.

When I walk by a Togo or West Africa person I say to them.
- I am Yeebow of White Man.

They holler at me.
- IF I turn my head

The are in control, if I do not turn my head, I am in control, If when they call, I listen and go over, they are in control.

I am spending a lot of time in negotiations, fun and hilarious to me, but intriguing as can be also, how to learn to talk 100 percent with my body language, and to remember not to use words.

I love to play, and this is play, I can tease, joke, flirt and control with my body language, or allow control. I like to allow a tour guide to control, it just makes sense. I do not allow a Taxi driver to control my life or destiny.

I normally try to listen to the Hotel staff more than others, and I put the guidebooks at the very top of my list of who I listen too. But that is not body talk.

Hmm, maybe I listen to me, the big I, myself first.

Body talk is fun, but I have to remember and remind myself to talk with my body, my eyes, and say what I want to say. I also have to remember these are big men, I try to remember to not tell to many bif one to go and F 93 k themselves with body language.

I also have to be careful with women, they follow me to the room, as I was not putting as much value on body talk as them.

I remember now, what I said… to the girl in the market with my body and actions, it was very clear, she saw my eyes.

Body Talk, Languages, Culture, Culture West Africa, Togo,

Togo Body Talk

Choosing a Translator

Choosing a Translator
Lome, Togo West Africa
Saturday, June 9, 2007

STOP, please STOP

Hey, why are you adding ten sentences to my comment, I did no say that!

I despise having someone help me to buy something, I buy a horse and it looks like a camel.

I am trying to rent a house, whereby I can re-rent single for about 3000 CFA per room or 6 dollars US per day.

I have tried to use three people and one-half to talk.

1. German man who speaks English, and French.
2. Togo man who speaks some English, French and native language of Ewe.
3. Togo man who speaks Ewe and a little French.
4. Togo woman who speaks Ewe, French and some English.

All four will nod their head when they do not understand my English.

All four nod their heads yes when they do not understand my French.

Dysfunctional was once explained to me as two people who do not speak the same language walking around in a room. The two people talk and discuss many things, and never realize they do not speak the same language.

Dysfunctional does not function.

Meeting of the Minds

- Meeting of the minds (also referred to as mutual assent or consensus ad idem) is a phrase in contract law used to describe the intentions of the parties forming the contract. In particular, it refers to the situation where there is a common understanding in the formation of the contract. This condition is often considered a necessary requirement to the formation of a contract.

It is only when all parties involved are aware of the formation of a legal obligation is there a meeting of the minds. -
Stop Quote:

The can sure explain I words better than me… hehehe

Contract Law
This is saying. A contract is no good unless both parties understand what is in the contract. One way to do this is to demand the other person has an attorney with them, then when they say they do not understand, you say,
- Why did you pay the lawyer? -

Real Estate Brokers are mediators or arbitrators; their job is to create a legally enforceable contract between to people. Their job is also to explain why the property has the value, and why it will re-sell fast, after that there is a lot of personal noise and feely touchy things.

Meeting of the minds is needed and sometimes the other Broker, or clients have no mind, so how can they meet, and I want to say,
- Oh never mind, forget it. -

I want to know often if a translator understood my English, and I say,
- Explain to me what the word MIND means? -

If they get this, you are saying I am stupid look, then I know, yes, they are stupid, I need to know, I want to be positive, do you know the word before you enter me into a contract, you are me, you are my proxy, you are talking for me, and you do not know what the word is and refuse to tell me when you are stupid.

I say stupid; to me the stupid person will not say,
- I do not understand. -

I wish I had just 100 CFA for every time I say in a day,
- Pas Comprend. -
Je parler Anglais.

I do not say perfect, I am trying to test; I want to know if they are intuitively a zero. I want a person who can feel and understand me, and make the good choices; there is no way to translate perfect.

Unless we do the Vulcan Mind Meld, and as far as I know, this does not exist yet.

All I want is a meeting of the minds; I was that nice comfortable feeling of knowing in my heart, this person understands me. Therefore, I need to feel safe and comfortable with the person who is helping me to translate.

Choosing a translator is two things.
1. I talk to the translator.
2. The translator talks to the other person.
3. The person answers and the translator listen.
4. The translator tells me.

I try to think, I said 10 words, this person can use, I give permission to use 20, after that, they are putting words into my mouth, and are trying to talk for me, not translate.

I told the German man, do not talk, do not say anything, just stand there and say hello, next think I knew, the person I was meeting with was only talking to him and ignoring me, I thought, who is talking to whom. I got up and walked home, no meeting of my mind with the other mind; the translator is trying to rent a home.

My Togo friend, a fixer, the small boy as they Togo Rich men insult him and say, try to listen, but cannot culturally bring himself to say,
- I do not understand. -

He is very good, I can say,
- Explain to me the word rent. -

I do this one-minute manager thing, the one-minute goal setting. I was wanting to have a copy of the lease to read, I assumed it is in French, this was about five days ago, I have no lease to read, strange how one small item is a dysfunctional maze of meandering madness.

To choose a translator, I know I am doing well when the person speaks about the same number or words as I said. I will laugh when the person replies and the translator answers, not to clarify, but to answer for me, amazing sometimes the lack of care people have for the right of another person to speak for themselves.

It is better to not have a translator in about 90 percent of situations, I have had translators say yes, if I hear a Qui or Yes or some affirmation, I am worried, did this person just enter me into a verbal contract?

When I understand, I understand, and not before, when I have the meeting of the minds, when I feel comfortable that all people talking are on the same channel, and then maybe the translator is a translator.

I sometime think I should find listeners, listen to the conversation in my bad French and afterwards we will discuss whether the person understood or not. I know in the renting a home, I have the trump card, I will not give money until I know I understand, there is no amount of pressure possible that can force me to say yes to letting loose of the cash until I am sure I understand.

This is the goal of the translator to help me to understand, I have paid translators money and they got angry when I continued to say, I do not understand. I continue to say this until I do, and I will not nod my head and agree, I keep saying, I do not understand.

I think a highly intelligent person says, I could be wrong, I do not understand and a highly stupid person nods their head to say yes everything.

Walk up to a your translator, say something like,
- The moon is made of cheese. -

If the translator agrees, maybe you are dysfunctional…

Now, I wait, let us see who goes off topic first? Dysfunctional life is a Hobo Soup.

Hobby of mine is to listen to husbands and wives, then decide if they had a meeting of the minds…or just noise makers.

Real Estate, Translators, Translations, Languages

Choosing a Translator

Teach Me Bad French Please

Teach Me Bad French Please
Lome, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I am close to fluent in the Spanish Language; however, same as my English, I learned many bad habits. I studied Spanish for three semesters in University.

Maybe 15 years later I go to Mexico and start to learn Spanish again, and while I was there, I learned to say
- Mandi -

Como is correct.

If you go to Acapulco, live in a beach 8 miles north of there called Pie de La Cuesta, all the people on the beach when they do not understand will say,
- Mandi -
- Como -
What? What do you mean?

Now, I go to Spain and when I am there, and I rrrrr my R and the people in Spain point at me and laugh.
- Mexico. -

I have a Mexican accent, and as far as I know, the only country that does this rrrr thing is Mexico, and my teacher was insistent I learn. Three semesters in University and I thought was never told the whole world dos not do this rrrrrr thing.

When I teach people English, I try to teach them the bad English, for sure I teach the word Supper, they will say Dinner, then one day get to Indiana and be confused when someone says come over for the
- Last Supper. -

Making a joke, but the point is, supper is a word, maybe not sophisticated, formal, or all that elite crap, however a proper person needs to know the difference.

I want to learn bad French now, somehow or someone soon needs to teach me the bad French, so I stop. I need to stop today using some phrases I hear every day of the week from the Togo people. I am sure some are not proper French; it is not that I do not want to use them, I want to make the choice and know the difference, this is good French and this is not proper French, I do not want to learn bad habits.

It took me years to stop saying Mandi in Spanish and the truth is, when I am really rushed, not thinking, it will return, it is a habit. Habits learned are difficult to stop, I speak English the way I learned English, I will forever feel the English I speak is proper and sounds right, even when I learn 100 percent correct English, sometime is just does not feel correct.

I do not want to learn France French, I want to learn global French, I want to travel, and I do not want to live in France.

Example: Here in Togo before noon, they say Bonjour, after noon they say Bonsoir, the other day a French man walks up and says, Bonjour at about five in the afternoon to me, I am told this because it was the first time he met me. He does not speak Togo French; maybe he does not know the differences and never listened or talked with Togo people even though he lives here.

How good is my Spanish, I am not sure, but I am sure it global, I can say popcorn eight different ways.

Palamitas in Mexico
Poporopo in Guatemala
Popcorn in Panama and Peru
Pochoclos in Argentina.
Canguil in Ecuador
Pipoca in Venezueala
Crespitas in Colombia
Maiz de pira

Why, because they do not use the Spanish word normally, they use the local native language before Spanish, however how would I know that… I will forever uses Palamitas as I learned in Mexico.

Teach Me Bad French Please

Agpe Popcorn Learning Togo Ewe Language

Agpe Popcorn Learning Togo Ewe Language
Lome, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I am becoming Togolese.

That is a scary thought, I hope to take the good and leave the bad, I am sadly aware I will take a little of both.

However, the good!
Agpe Popcorn.

I do a daily stroll through the neighborhood; it is how I become Togolese. I like the popcorn they sell, I have my own personal popcorn woman, she is nice, and I claim her as my popcorn person. The other day, I almost cried, hard to believe I can say that, half way do it, nonetheless, the truth is I was so touched by this women I almost started to cry.

I thought later, I am going go take her photo and try to say those words, some dream of writing touching words that explained what I felt. I started to, and I could not, she is not for sale, she is mine, and yours.

What happened?
I purchase two 25-CFA bags of popcorn daily, this is about 10 cents US, I try to give the lady correct change because I like her, I reserve the big money for the stores I do not like.

She knows me, I know her, no words are needed, she sees me, she knows I will grab two of the clear plastic bags of popcorn and give her either 50 CFA or drop it down into the plastic tub as is the custom here. They store the coins in the tub, or under the small towels that serve as table clothes. If I cannot find the vender, then it is self-serve, I just place the coin down, and I make my change and continue on the path.

The level of honesty at this level is amazing in Togo Africa, they leave money just sitting around in the open, one days pay here, can you imagine putting 100 dollars in the coffee area at work, and this is what they do.

I do the transaction, I say,
- Merci, -

This is French, I now she speaks the local Ewe Language 99 percent of her daily life, however I do not speak Ewe so, I say in the business language French,
- Merci -
Alternatively, thank you in French.

I look at people, I do not ignore people, as I give her the money, I grab my wrist as is the custom with offering of money, semi-do a small bow, she is woman of respect, older, I must be, I just must be… I am becoming Togolese.

Then it happened!
She looks back at me, nods her head, and says,
- Agbpe -

I look around, I can feel the piercing of my soul, this women just reached inside me, I can feel her touching me.

She is saying, I am you, you are I, we are together, however now as you are my son, you should say,
- Agbpe. -

I repeat,
- AackPay -
- AaghBay -

She repeats, I try to repeat, I do not have an ear for languages, this is tonal language, and I know I need to hear it many times to say correctly, I have to stop thinking, I am to repeat the word.

She has now adopted me, she is my teacher, and I am her student, as I become Togolese. I think, and I hope she said Thank You in the Ewe Language.

There is an art to learning about people, it may be you need to be touched, and allow them to touch you.

I was touched, and life is indeed good.

Agpe Popcorn
Lome, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, June 19, 2007
06 degrees 07.155 North
001 degrees 12.598 East
10 Meters of altitude above sea level

Three-quarters of a block North of Galion Hotel, Lome Togo
Please say,
- Agpay -

Do not worry about the spelling, I hope she will correct you…

For a real treat, watch her pop the popcorn, she will very so lightly add some salt, test the popcorn, shake it, add, adjust, then test again, she makes sure the popcorn has just the right amount of care.

Agpe Popcorn Learning Togo Ewe Language

The Six Languages to Learn

The Six Languages to Learn
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Friday, July 6, 2007

There is debate about which languages to learn, these six would be a good start of the 6812 or so languages out there to be annoyed you cannot understand.

I really need to stop reading the online Encyclopedia as it is amazing how little I know about the plant earth. Yesterday, I was all excited browsing around on the Francophone page and thinking about Anglophone and Anglosphere and all sorts of fun maps and things, when I ran across what the United Nations considers the Six Official Languages

The UN has six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Stop Quote

Therefore, to continue with my lesson in Humility and other self-floggings, I decided to try to find a map of all 6 bigger language groups.

So what do I learn about, I now am more positive I know very little, I only have about 1.5 percent of the six big language managed, what a drag, just when I was thinking I knew something, I get slapped back down to reality, the world is bigger than me.

When I see the big picture, the small picture fades away.

This is the Francophone world or the countries that have a big influence by the French Language.

English world or the Anglophone or Angloshere.

The Chinese are coming, do not ignore them, this is a culture that is ancient and thriving.

Arab or Arabic Culture and language, they had a bigger influence in history and not are sort at a standstill. Dubai is trying and Jordan is trying they seem somewhat hogtied by their terrorist problem. The have too much money, however do not seem to put the pieces together.

Probably the last on the list of my want to learn languages sort of like learning to not smile. Some people say, I should do this, I think more about what I should not do, and am happy to remove some off the list of should.

I think Russia has white girls, you know how long it been since I hung around with white women. I keep thinking about the Beatle and back in the USSR… I do not know Russia.

Spanish, I know Spanish.

Ok I get a 1 for Spanish and I am one-half for French, I am only a 1.5 out of a number of 6, so back to work.

The Six Languages to Learn

Ok Coke No Problem Hello

Ok Coke No Problem Hello
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

If I do not chicken out, I will buy a Sanya Motorcycle today in Atakpame, Togo. This may be the most painless purchase on the planet of a vehicle, and I will only know after I am finished. I have to be brave and ignore the Togo peoples advice, or accept may be more correct. Whatever, I do, I should stop thinking, I do not want to understand.

They keep saying to me,
“No Problem!”

“Pas Probleme” in the Togo French Language

Alex Garland in the book “The Beach” astutely does the travelers quandary followed by a proposition when he reflects that OK is the most popular term used on the planet, and then closely followed by Coke, as in Coca-Cola.

I am thinking,

Ok is First
Coke is Second
No Problem is Third
Moreover, strangely Hello is Fourth, or Hallo.

And I say strangely because as Taia, the American Volunteer girl keenly noticed the French Togo answer the telephone with a,
- Allo -

I listened to people in Thailand answer the phone and say something as if a Hallo, and here they do the same, a person would surmise in a consistent world the Togo people would say, Bonjour, and the Thailand people would say, Sawadee Kalp, however, nope, they say,
“Allo. -

There is the new culture of the mobile cell phone that has identified that you need to say hello when answering a mobile phone.

What I learn, when I have no reason to learn…

No Problem

The most common terms on the planet are above,

“No problem.”

This is the problem, there is no way a person can say no problem is third, there is a problem with saying there is no problem, because there really is no way to know, no problem is third, that is the problem.

No problem means, do not think about it, or you will write a sentence like the one above.

Reference “The Beach” by Alex Garland

Ok Coke No Problem Hello

Learn Ewe Language in Lome Togo

Learn Ewe Language in Lome Togo
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, July 20, 2007

Daniel the French owner of a French, Ewe etc, Language School in Lome, Togo.

The best way to learn about a culture is to speak the language, when you figure out how they talk, you slowly learn how they think, and then along comes some cultural understanding.

I found a School to study languages in Lome, Togo. I can learn Ewe, the local language of Lome, Togo, or I can learn French.

I think French is a good start, however you can choose from many languages with Daniel. If you wanted to do business in Togo, it would be a good idea to ask for help, take a quick course or a refresher course.

Daniel has been in West Africa for over 17 years and can help you find the rope to shore, so you boat does not float away.

How to find?
Say to a Taxi, I want to go the Angola Embassy, something as in Ambassade De l'Angola. Remember, they do not speak English.

Lam-Bah-Sawd duh An-Gohl-lah

When the Taxi is there, you walk about two blocks toward the central city and the office in on the left, the sign says something about Polyglotte.

IF you do not want to go to see Daniel, please say to the taxi,
- Avenua de Duisburg -

As best I can tell, not one Motorcycle Taxi driver in the city knows where this street is located. Now, if you are good, you can say,
- Kodjoviakope -

Koh Joh Vee Ah Koh Peh

This is the neighborhood, the taxis here in Lome, think in terms of neighborhood, not streets. This would get you closer to the school; one of the two landmarks will get you closer.

Ambassade De l'Angola
Lam-Bah-Sawd duh An-Gohl-lah

- Kodjoviakope -
Koh Joh Vee Ah Koh Peh

What a trip, you need to know French to go and learn French, if you are exceptionally smart, print out the business card and show the taxi driver, and eventually you will be at his door of Daniel, look for the buzzer or bell button…

Alternative directions would be to go to the Hotel Galion, walk north away from the ocean, when you see an internet café on your right, then stop in and look around you should eventually see a sign saying Polyglotte. Or for about 90 percent of you, pull out your cell phone and call Daniel and say I am a white person standing in front of the internet Café or the Embassy or in the Galion or some landmark.

Personally, I have given up on street addresses, I know the pizza man is confused, I am confused, and the world really does not use them, so I use a land marks, like the Internet Café, the Embassy of Angola, or the Galion Hotel, one them is a good start to find the woods which is the neighborhood of Kodjoviakope.

Learn Ewe Language in Lome Togo

Gateau Batoken and Achtomon

Gateau Batoken and Achtomon
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

These wheat cakes are called Gateaux for many and Gateau as one. There is a little mark above the A, but I am going to ignore it and hope it goes away.

Next comes the Mina Language, I can ask for a Gateau, and the locals will try to give me what they have close to them, the word Gateau is a general word for cake, however normally here in Togo means these round things.

On the left is the type called Batoken and is smooth, and on the rough one on the right is an Achtomon in the Mina language, maybe I say Gateau Batoken if I want the left type and maybe I say Gateau Achtomon if I want the right. The truth is, I do not say either one if I can see them, I just point at the one I want, and saves many silly communication headaches. My goal is to communicate first, and learn the language second, better to be a good communicator than good in languages.

However, the problem is this, I like the Achtomon, the flavor is sweeter, and takes less like oil, more or a cake and less of a fried taste, it is my favorite Gateau here in Togo. Now, when I have a fancy for a Achtomon Gateau, I need to inquire around, because I have now learn the specific words, I can not request,


I suppose I could say,
- Je veux le gâteau achtomon -
Or maybe,
- Je veux le achtomon gâteau -

Complete with the little pyramid on top of the A, however I will probably just say,
- Achtomon -

Then point, or hold my palms up, and in universal language of hand talk, I will say where is Achtomon?

I like to communicate first and learn a language second.

I guess soon I will climb the French ladder and figure out what is the difference between a Gateau and a Beignet. As I see it, they both are deep-fried in oil, so I cannot say the Gateau Achtomon was bake and a cake. I saw is my favorite Gateau deep fried in the street in front of my eyes, and I like to see my cook, it makes me feel safer to eat.

I forgot, there is probably a word for Gateau in the Mina Language, I could learn that and forget my French. Would I be learning to communicate, or would I be learning a language?

Gateau Batoken and Achtomon

The Universal Language

The Universal Language
Mampong, Ghana West Africa
Sunday, August 26, 2007

The universal language is hand signs, a photo can record one word, and a video is sentence. I use my hands, eyes, face and body to communicate.

“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”

- Bill Gates
Business @ the Speed of Thought

I made my first webpage about 12-14 years ago. I have been wading through gobbledygook ever since try to find the proper words to explain the world.

“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given”

- Jesus Christ
The Christian Bible

I read the New Testament of the Christian Bible and still am in wonder of the profound use of parables.

I am somewhat giddy today. I agree with Bill Gates that the internet will become the town square of the world. I agree with Jesus, I do not want all people to understand what I say. Traveling around the planet has taught me a new language, I use my hands, eyes, face and body to communicate, it is amazing how well the world understands me when I close my mouth.

I really do not like the word giddy, however, I just cannot find a more accurate macho word to use, that explains my mood today. I have been working on my dream Hotel site with Andrew, Boy Genius from India now for a few years called Yesterday, I submitted a Hotel to my own site, I added the Auberge Mandela in Kpalime, Togo to the site and had fun putting up photos of the Hotel. I also became aware, the photos will tell more than the captions.

Which come first the Chicken or the Egg?
Which come first on an Internet page, the Words of the Photos?

An internet page with no words is invisible to the search engines, however the Chicken does need the Egg, and the Words need the Photos, however only the photo can speak 7000 languages.

There are 7000 plus languages on the planet, in the Global Village, and maybe only the Coca Cola symbol an abstract drawing to a Chinese person is understood by most, after that ambiguity rules the planet.

This Coca Cola Video is a one sentence of the Universal language. If you are not seeing a small TV screen, click on this link. Videos

This disambiguation of language is a photo, and to explain clearly I need an un-edited video. I can see clearly now, I understand.

The Universal Language

My African Travel French is OK

My African Travel French is OK
Bamako, Mali, West Africa
Monday, September 24, 2007

I am not sure how well I speak, I do know I speak good enough to go down the Congo River now, my French was a question mark that just desired to be answered before I would go to the Congo. I do not know how well my French is, because I meet very few people in Africa now that speak French better than me, and I have begun to speak simpler and careful with words from my vocabulary or the locals will not understand. I can easily know when they do not speak French.

I felt very good in Orodara, Burkina Faso when the one woman said my French was better than the Peace Corps girl; this was like getting a big gold star. I am happy, I know people normally travel to places where they are already half competent in the language or know they do not need to speak a language. I am learning French on the fly, and now I know my biggest obstacle has been the locals do not speak French well.

If I met just one French Traveler, with a personality rating above 4, then I could have a conversation as an examination. Their accent and pronunciation is different, however I am semi-clear they speak ok, if not Euro-Trash, and always hard to know this or that, some 1 or 2 hanging around. Many of the French girls I think are in Hiding; I suspect they do not want the world to know that having a go with the local men.

I have resorted to saying I am from France, as this really belays problems of communications. If a person here hears I am from the USA, their French almost stops, and they say their 2 words of English, when I say I am from France, they want to prove they can speak French, thus they turn on their brains.

Moreover, now if they do not like me, they will blame it on France, however, I think I am little too handsome to be from France, and I do not smoke.

One smart gentleman started to quiz me about French, asking about who politicians in France were, I admitted I was from the USA, but think, the reason for the quiz was because he was not sure…!

My African Travel French is OK

R Deficiency in Thailand

R Deficiency in Thailand
Good with L not well with the R, there is a definite deficiency in Thailand of the letter R. I think Big Bird from Sesame Street needs to be called in for the epidemic… Oops sounds like an NGO, this R Deficiency is not an epidemic, it is endemic.

Easy to avoid, the Thailand people have no need to speak English, it is maybe a want, there is a big difference.

Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Andy of ---

The Thailand people regularly pronounce the letter R as an L, the word Farang is pronounced Falang. R and the letter L are related in the mouth and tongue. It is interesting to travel the world and hear the letter R and L intermixed or used as the same letter. I have learned to anticipate words. Similar to speaking Spanish in Argentina and needing to change the sounds of sh to yah, whereby I understand the word. Sometimes I need to think to myself, what is the word if I use an R and not an L, then I understand.

The Thailand girl I am traveling with here in Ranong explained a joke made in Thailand, she said there is some test where they ask the person if they had Rice, and the person says in English.
- Yes, I have Lice.-

I have known my friend for about three years, and I have accepted she is not going to stop; it is a humorous idiosyncrasy of the Thailand culture.

or maybe Contact Andy

R Deficiency in Thailand

Who is Krung Thep

Who is Krung Thep
I get nervous when I do not know the name of someone; I feel shame, a fear of being found out. I sometime say,
- I am very sorry, I cannot remember your name.-
The person says, my name is
- Krung Thep -
I then proceed to repeat the name in my head about 20-30 times, this is rote memory in action, and when I really want to remember I will write the name down.

Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Andy of ---

I was reminiscing of being in Ranong, Thailand about three years ago, I kept asking Thai peopla on how to travel to Bangkok. It was a very enlightening day, a cultural epiphany.

Who is Krung Thep

Non English Readers

Non English Readers
Non-English readers write me letters, they post comments on blogs, and they submit their webpages to and I delete many, and cannot reply to most.

Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Andy of ---

My site is about 50 / 50, about 50 percent of readers are native English Speakers and the rest are not. Communication with a person who does not speak English is a 50/50 proposition, I have a reasonable responsibility to write clear, simple words and help them listen or read. They have a responsibility to try to understand.

I speak Spanish, and when I traveled to Brazil, people would ask,
- Does Spanish help?-
- Yes, if the person you are talking with wants to understand. -

I have been toying around with the idea of having machine translations more easily available on the page. A click here and translate from English to Spanish, Japanese, etc.

I sometimes am wildly amazed how culturally and language insensitive the big corporate sites can be. I am also amazed how companies like and can be very sensitive.

China wants to do business, they submit pages to my, import - export pages continually. People want visas to go work, India is continually submitting to my Embassy pages.

I delete about 50 percent because they do not understand and are off topic, more or less they submit in the wrong category most of the time.

If a person from another language group writes badly, miss-spells words, etc, I am very forgiving. If they use abbreviations used in chats, like coz or b4, or lol, I just delete and do not worry, they are not focused. They are learning the wrong habits, chat language is not English, and for sure is not well mannered.

It is a fun experience with the site to learn how the rest of the world thinks. In then end, I can see their intentions, and the ones that are not lazy, do a good job will make it where they want to go.

Non English Readers

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