A fun way to practice TQ: Same Conversation is to cook in the language you are hunting. Fun fact about our super organized WAYK house on St. Paul: we have a meal rotation that assigns a pair of people to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So on nights that Robyn or I cook with Sky or Evan, we like to cook the meal in chinuk. It takes about three times as long (we’re talking about two-hour vegetarian enchiladas), but when we return to English to eat, we get the satisfaction of having covered a lot of language.
The first time I cooked in chinuk, Sky and I spent an absurd amount of time making French toast and I realized how much math is involved in cooking – we were expecting more people than usual for dinner so we needed to triple the recipe. This would have been alright if I had learned more than four (non-consecutive) numbers in chinuk prior to starting the meal. It still turned out okay – better, in fact than our English-speaking pancake fiasco the next morning (and yes, we like breakfast food).
The next attempt was making the infamous two-hour enchiladas. They took so long because we were doubling the recipe, and when Evan and Susanna Sorry Charlie’d Robyn and I during a bean-related conversation, we coined TQ: Stir the Beans, in which you smile and nod until something happens that you can be involved in. Perhaps a better TQ for that situation would be the real, WAYK-endorsed TQ: Codetalker. Next time.
#robyns2015summeradventure Day 38: tonight Evan, Casey, and I with some help from Susanna made enchiladas for dinner speaking only in chinuk wawa, which meant that a meal which would normally only have taken 30 minutes to cook took us 2 hours. Some of the trouble stemmed from the fact that Evan and Susanna were using two different recipes and no one noticed until it was too late. We had a great time though and learned a lot, and luckily Susanna caught part of the lesson on video. As you can tell from Casey's face she did not enjoy the topic of conversation at this particular moment but oh well #itsforthelanguage #chinukwawa #WAYKsummerStPaul
Post authored by Casey.