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On August 9th we took our 3rd language check (of 4). We call them checks instead of tests because they really are designed to show us where we are at with the language. Our goal was to be 75 percent fluent with the Ndo language. Cassidy and I both felt we did not have a strong enough grasp of the language to meet that objective. And sure enough, after grading the various parts of the test, Joey said our current percentage is…

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85 Percent Fluency!!

Which means we only have 15 more percentage points to go before we’ll be ready to start preparing lessons for Bible teaching. Lord-willing, we’ll be close to finishing the final stage of language learning by the time we’re scheduled to head home on furlough.

Each language check consists of four parts: culture, grammar, comprehension, communication. The first two are written checks.

Going over the written check with my language helper, Gietine, and Joey (and Oliver too).
Joey adding up the final grades on our written language checks.

The second two are oral examinations where we have to hear (and understand) a story as well as communicate a story (and be understood)  in the language.


Thank you, Joey, for coming out to PNG for the second time in the last 5 months in order to help us with the language check, teach us how to start a literacy program, encourage us with your love for God, and spur us on with your vision for the spread of the Gospel in the Finisterre Mountains. We’ll be sad to see you go on Monday (August 14th).

It wasn’t all work and no play.

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