Living here in the Philippines as compared to the states is eye opening in many ways. This is especially true in regard to language.

Most Filipinos speak more than one language. To be conversationally fluent in four languages is pretty common. I talked with a young woman yesterday who works in our office who says that she is quite fluent in four languages but can speak a total of eight languages. As a case in point, one of the languages that she said that she was not that fluent in was English - all the while speaking perfect English to me. By the way, she has never taken a language course in her life. Go figure...

You heard the joke about this, didn't you?

What do you call a person who speak three languages?
What do you call a person who speak two languages?
What do you call a person who only speaks one language?
An American

Not to slam Americans, but that joke is reality here. It seems that Filipinos don't even think it much of an accomplishment to speak in multiple languages - it is as natural as breathing to them it seems. They grow up in homes and communities where multiple languages are spoken all the time. That is just totally different from the way that Beth and I grew up. While I'm sure that there are advantages that could be cited for a culture that is more mono-lingual like the states, it is just that language learning ability is not one of them.

So, we are taking Cebuano lessons now and they are progressing slowly - at least it seems so to us. What Beth and I are starting to work on a lot more is trying to talk to people in Cebuano - that is where the real gains in language learning comes. Pray for us as we will be pushing ourselves to use Cebuano daily.

MK Quote

Here is an MK for you!!!!!
Ben, five, recently asked me, "Mom, how do you say 'hello' in English?" as he spoke English to me.
I said, "Well, you are speaking English right now and 'hello' is 'hello' in English."
"No," he said, "I mean the other 'hello'!"
I said, "In Cebuano 'hello' is I-O."
'No', he said,"The other 'hello'!"
I said, "Ola? is that the 'hello' you are looking for?"
"Yes, that's the 'hello' I am looking for.....what language is that?"
"Spanish, honey."

Being Silly and Best Friends

Our kids....goofing around, being cute, best friends - even when they squabble....blessings!!!!!

Being Silly

Being Silly

Grocery Packaging

Ube is a potato-type 'fruit' here that is purple. I've had ube cake before and it was quite tasty! Now I'll get to bake one at home!!!

Ube Cake Mix

Milk comes dried, canned, or in boxes here. There is no farm-fresh dairy around here! But the milk is not to bad!


Laundry soap comes in packages small enough for one load only, or in larger bags for multiple loads. It also comes in laundry sticks as many nationals wash clothing by hand. The sticks work great as pre-wash stain treaters too.

Individual load laundry soap and laundry stick

Ben's Toad

Ben recently found a toad in our yard....all I have to say is that bugs and other creepy-crawlies grow Big around here!!!!!!