January 16, 2008

Amharic Lesson #2 And More Food

On Monday we had our second Amharic lesson with Zodi and we were finally able to put a sentence or two together. She's prioritizing vocabulary for now and will help us with sentence structure / verbs later on, but it's fun to be able to say a few complete sentences in the meantime! We're slowing gaining the ability to pronounce words (relatively) correctly but there is definitely A LOT of studying in our future. Can anyone recommend good DVD's/CD's in Amharic? Listening to the sounds throughout the week would definitely help us - we'll gratefully accept all suggestions!

Last night we went to The Ethiopian Restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side and the food was fantastic. It might be my new favorite in NYC, or at least tie for first with Meskerem. Mike and I took our best shot at a few of the Amharic words we've learned (nothing too tricky, just "thank you" and "hello") and the waitress actually understood us! I was so relieved when I said thank you to her in Amharic and she responded with a huge smile - my pronunciation doesn't stink! We have 8 lessons to go, so hopefully by the time we've completed the course we'll be able to practice some basic conversations while dining at NYC's Ethiopian restaurants - this is definitely not going to help our attempt at losing some babywait, but it's for a good cause so is justified...right? Thank goodness for the treadmill.

1 comment:

Cloverland Farm said...

great work! we'll have to hit the new restaurant next...thanks for the tip!