Me: Sawubona? South African: Yebo, Unjani? Me: Ngiyapila, nam… South African: Ngiyapila *Insert follow up question* Me: I’m sorry, I don’t know much Zulu South African: So what language do you speak? Me: English South African: English and what? Me: Just English South African: *Insert all types of looks of confusion* What do you mean? … More English & What?
Name a scenario in which kids and teargas might be an appropriate combination. Try harder. I’ll wait. Ok, cool. Glad we’re on the same page. On June 16, 1976, police officers in Johannesburg felt as though they had found the appropriate situation for this combination, thus sparking the Soweto Uprising. Thousands of students were peacefully … More Kids, Teargas & Their Combined Legacy
*Insert statistic about starving African babies. *Insert image of starving, naked African kids. *Insert reality check that my students, whether they own one or five uniforms, come to school everyday looking sharper than a razor blade, electricity or not. But really, my kids are starving. They’re not starving for whatever you have to offer on … More Hungry… for Knowledge
(Pt.1 because there is way too much to talk about when joining these two ideas) Week 1 in Durban, South Africa. I arrived in Durban, South Africa on Friday to being my Fulbright teaching journey. We are staying at an Air BnB this week while we apartment hunt. Our Air BnB host is this sweet, … More Language & Privilege
If you come from a community that values its unique language, accent and/or dialect, chances are you’ve found yourself code switching on a regular basis in professional or academic settings. There’s an even greater chance that you’ve found yourself having a conversation about it, maybe even a debate about whether it’s necessary or not. We … More The Ultimate Code Switch