13 11 / 2012
So I know I say things that don’t make sense to people back home. It’s amazing how much my English has changed. I’ll say things like “Rra, rra, borrow me your spade” when I want to use someone’s shovel. I say things like “let’s go now now” and “ee mma, I know I am getting so fat fat”. I didn’t think this was a problem until I took an MCAT verbal section and did significantly worse than what I tested before. It’s like from my scores you wouldn’t even know I was a native speaker. I guess living abroad with non-native English speakers can do that to me.
One thing that I thought I would explain to you all is how in Botswana we all differentiate Botswana, Motswana, and Batswana. Botswana is the country, and has the suffix “Bo” because it is a place. Motswana is a person from a Botswana, but because you are referring to a person you put the prefix “Mo” in front - Motswana. When you are referring to many people from Botswana, you use the “Ba” prefix-Batswana.
So that’s why I say these things, if you were wondering!