|Alastair is UNDER the car|
|Alastair is ON the bed!|
Preparing good, engaging lessons is always important, and I find using pictures very helpful. So here's a good example of prepositions!
Both pictures say quite a lot about our everyday life as well. Maintenace of the car is ongoing - the car, a second hand Nissan Terrano, has been a great success but driving on the very bumpy roads regularly knocks off bits of body work and suspension . So when Alastair has finished with his patients in the hospital he sometimes has to come home and continue operating! There are very competent, creative and cheap local mechanics as well - £1-20 for a pucture repair.
The afternoon siesta is also an important feature of life, when possible. I've had discussions with my students about whether one sleeps ON the bed; or IN the bed - I think it depends on the weather, and here it is usually ON!!
Swahili is a Bantu language, with a very different structure than English. The basic vocabulary is small, but words are adapted and used in different ways. Nouns are in classes, so that adjectives, pronouns, possessives etc must all agree with the noun. Many "modern" words have been borrowed from English, with adaptation of the pronunciation and phonetic spelling .
Here are a few to try : Komputya; Faili; Ofisi; Laptopu; picha; Krismas; kwaya; dereva; supu; sheti, koti.
(answers next week!)