Talking With Little Sammy and Drinkng a Lemon Drink


Gadget

Talking With Little Sammy and Drinkng a Lemon Drink


Page Turner

What type of tree is that where you enjoy your lemon drink and visit with Sammy?? Looks like red flowers on it kinda like the trees in Guatemala.


Gadget

I do not know the type of tree, I have seen it a few times now with the flowers. Maybe I can ask the questions now, I have studied words just yesterday asking, "What type of wood?"/ Quel type de bois? and "What is name of tree?" "Quel est le nom de l'arbre?" Sadly, in most of the world, if we are not going to buy the tree, the locals think the question is sort of stupid, and they cannot understand the motivation for the question. People truly need to understand motivations in simple ways, not romantic ways, like I love to learn, people generally are not interested, unless immediately profitable.


Kitsune

Poinciana tree.


Kitsune

The slang way to ask what something is :"Comment c'appelle?" That's with a soft "c" on "'c'apelle." Literally "what is this called?"


Gadget

Thanks for the name of the tree. I asked an older Kotocoli language woman the name yesterday, and she did know. I looked at the wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia

The trunk of the tree yesterday was radically different than the Wikipedia information, but not really important, there can be many species. It is sort of fun to learn the names of trees, bushes, but in the end, if I do not have anyone to discuss them with, then sort of boring. I am trying to think if there is anything the Togolese people are passionate about knowing. I think they could talk about cell phones for a long time.

Knowledge sources are so limited here, I have been trying now for two weeks to buy a map of Togo. I went to the Ministre of Tourism in Lome, and they do not have a map. I have been to over 20 bookstore, two very big ones called Bon Pasteur in Lome, and nobody has a map of the country. I can use the ones I have from the Internet, but I cannot use it well while talking to a Togolese person, so the Internet ones really do not work. I was laughing, I tried to buy one in a Shell gas station in Lome, and the lady more ore less said, "Why would we sell maps of Togo?" Which to me is funny, people in cars do sometimes like to know where they are going.

"Comment c'appele?" works better for simple things, that is common knowledge. When going for more complicated things, I find better to be much more specific, to separate the people who speak French, from the ones that only speak Ewe or Kotocoli, trying to find the smarter folks, suss them out of the group, I have been doing this a lot, saying rather complicated sentences just to see what level of French the locals near me are speaking. They almost have zero awareness of the formal forms of French, and Google Translate always wants to give me the formal, really annoying glitch. Yet in the end, all is T.M.I. Too Much Information, and the one that cares is me.


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