I wanted to share a funny story that happened the other day with our language tutor. Erin and I have begun the next phase in our language program and have moved on to wordless picture books. The goal is to look at the picture and talk about everything we see. Our tutor will then correct things we don't say properly.
The picture we were looking at had a big deer in it with a little boy sitting on a rock. I knew that we hadn't learned the word deer so I asked what it is. He said that he had never seen an animal like that so we would just call it the general name for animals of that type until he could ask someone. He came back the next day and said he figured out what the word was.
I began asking more questions about the word he used and he began describing the animal. He said, "You know, the really tall animal with a long neck." I asked him if he was talking about a giraffe and he excitedly said yes! I began describing how a deer is much different than a giraffe. Upon hearing this he said that it helps understand things better.
He began singing the song 'As the Deer Panteth for the Water' and how we always thought that song and passage from Psalm 42 was very strange to think about a giraffe running to water because it was so thirsty! The Chichewa Bible even translated the animal in Psalm 42:1 as being a giraffe!