Language barriers (video – Koikai speaks English)
Most people think that being a Kenyan you must know English or at least our national language Swahili. But in Maasailand few people, probably less than 30% can speak Swahili. Our mother tongue is Maa, and unless someone has been to school they will not have learnt any languages apart from this, not even Swahili.
We mentioned a while ago that Lion Guardian Koikai is trying to learn English and practises it all the time on anyone he can! When we interviewed him a few weeks ago it was another opportunity for him to give his English a go. Here he is trying out some of his language skills!
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Except for Koikai, none of the Lion Guardians speak English, as it is only taught in schools, and few people can speak it in this community. A few of the Guardians speak a little Swahili which they have picked up because they need to communicate with the non-Maasai that they live near to. As you can probably tell, my languages come in handy quite a lot, and I often find myself translating between Maa, Swahili and English!
learning another language is so challenging for an adult ( unlike a child whose brain is yet fully developed ), therefore I admire any man/woman in doing so. english is one difficult language for sure. keep going! it will only get better and earlier.
Kolkai speaks enunciates very precisely (something notoriously easy to be sloppy about). Great job, and keep up the good work!
may the lord our god protect theses precious animals.