Monday, March 12, 2007

Clickety Clack

Pay attention. There will be a test later.

Lessons 2, 3 and 4.

!Gâibahe ta a. (I told you there would be a test.) But I think I'd need to hang out with some KhoeKhoegowab-speaking people for awhile in order to get all the clicks down.

Related factoids you can use to impress your friends: KhoeKhoegowab (or Nama) is one of 30 or so click languages in existence. It is spoken by about 250,000 people in Namibia, as well as neighboring Botswana and South Africa. (Do I need to mention that those are countries in Africa?) The official language of Namibia, however, is English and, according to the country's website, it is common for Namibians to know how to speak two or three different languages. (In comparison, most Americans only bother to learn one.)

This week's word was click.
Which is what you should do here for related posts.

5 comments:

Lizza said...

That was amazing. Learning other languages is so interesting, but it looks like it would take quite some time before a foreigner could get the hang of Nama.

lisa said...

wow, a language I was unfamiliar with but am no longer! thanks.
great post for click.

Heather in Beautiful BC said...

Ohhhh.... that was fascinating - now I want to know more!!!

I find it humbling to know only one language when most of world speaks 2 or more.

Great choice for 'click' :)

Skittles said...

Interesting to be sure!

Le Renard said...

This sounds like the language of the !Kung people so commonly studied by cultural anthropologists. (notice the ! click?)

P.S. You always have the best Manic Mondays!