Every day as part of our Swahili homework, we write a journal entry about what we did that day. I thought I’d post an English translation here as a way of giving a window on what an average day looks like at the moment. Plus, it should give an idea of some of the things we can say in Swahili!
21st February 2013
On Thursday I woke up at half past six but Elliot was still sleeping. I got dressed, boiled the milk and ate breakfast. Then Elliot woke up and I breastfed him. I didn’t check email because I didn’t have any internet credit but I made bread, did the dishes and played with Elliot. Mama Velo didn’t come because she has typhoid. We have given her the money for medicine. Arthur went to pick up Nicholas and after they returned at nine o’clock, Nicholas taught us Swahili. Elliot was cranky during class and didn’t sleep so I felt a bit stressed.
After class we ate lunch and went into town. Elliot slept in the car. First we drove to the Zantel shop to buy internet credit then we went on foot to the market. I carried Elliot on my back. We bought 10 bananas, 5 mangos, 6 avocadoes, a pineapple, a container of spinach, a kilo of sugar and a tray of eggs. The men at the market think Arthur looks like the Barcelona soccer coach Guardiola.
We returned home and I washed the fruit and cooked banana muffins. At 5pm I listened to Arthur read the Bible while I fed Elliot his dinner. Arthur gave Elliot a bath and read him a book and I breastfed him and Arthur put him to sleep. We ate rice and beans for dinner and watched an episode of ‘Alias’. (It’s a show about a spy called Sydney Bristow.) After that we did our homework and I brushed my teeth and read my book and went to sleep at quarter past nine.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.