Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sugabelly's Language Challenge & Day 9: How Important I think Education is

When i read the question i was confused at first (-_-)

Do i think Education is important, YES, do i feel its a necessity NO!
I can state lots of self made millionaires that didnt go past High school, some didnt even finish High school.
Some people would ask me how old those people are and if i can compare how things were in their time to now, Can someone that did not get a good Undergraduate Education actually make it in today's society, do they actually have the tools to explore their potentials and talents and come out on top?

While, id like to say not really things are definitely different now, the truth still stands that Education alone can only get you so far, I have a classmate from University, really brilliant boy great grades, he is still home now even with his 4.4 gpa in Computer Engineering, jobless.
Moving to Canada and trying to get a job has changed my views on the importance of education a lot.
When i was trying to redo my resume to the Canadian format i realized the importance of skill sets, Employers are not just interested in what you learnt in school and how well you did but also what skills you developed from your experience.
You'd be surprised at the amount of skills you have if you really think about it that have nothing to do with the time spent in the four walls of any educational center regardless of its level.



SUGABELLY's LANGUAGE CHALLENGE
Finally i have done this, i have been postponing it since forever.........
Anyway the blogger Sugabelly has this language challenge going on for Nigerians, where we have to make an audio post in out traditional dialects, its fun and it exposes the beauty in the different Nigerian languages, hop on if you are challenged.
So the rules are:
1. It DOES NOT MATTER how well you can speak your language. The goal is to speak regardless. So don't worry if you don't speak that well or you have to include lots of English words. ALL language levels are welcome.

2. Video posts or Audio posts are strongly preferred. This is because the point is to hear and enjoy the spoken language. Written posts are frowned upon but will be accepted too. ^_^

3. Please always provide a translation for your readers of other ethnicities! Translations should be in English and can be in the form of captions under a video post, or written transcripts for audio and written posts.

4. Please tag each participating post as - language challenge - and post the link here in the comments so I can link to it and make all of them easy to find.

5. Please encourage other Nigerian bloggers to post in Nigerian languages.



and if you want to listen to what others have done visit here Sugabelly's Language Challenge
My Audio Post is below, and i also have a translation below it.
Hope you like it
Mwah

Sugabelly's Language Challenge by Laurenta by Laurenta

Translation
As i was saying, i cant speak bini, its pidgin i can speak, i believe that pidgin is one of Nigeria's unofficial languages, so i can use it as an entry for this challenge.
I am trying to speak the pidgin carefully so you guys will understand what i am saying, because i can get deep into it and you would be confused.
How did i learn to speak pidgin?
Well, when i was in school in Nigeria, i went to University of Benin, in my first year, they put me in a room in the hostel, there were a lot of girls in my room, about 14 of us in a small room, when i got into the room, i was speaking proper English because in my fathers house only English is spoken, my father never tolerated pidgin in our house, so my room mates thought me how to speak pidgin, by the time i got home after the semester, my Pidgin was so good, Infact i  forgot i was home and not in school and i started speaking pidgin to my sister and brother, My dad wasn't happy, and he warned me not to speak pidgin in his house, so i apologized and said it wasn't my fault but it was the school they sent me to.
Anyway, I try my best to speak bini and because i grew up in Lagos i also understand yoruba, and because i schooled in Benin city, i understand bini also but i cant speak it, i don't know whats wrong with me, its like its a curse, id know what someone is saying, but when its my turn to speak id forget simple words, like i wouldn't know what spoon or chair is, but if someone tells me to bring the chair in bini i will understand, its actually funny.
So, as i schooled in Benin, my room mates taught me a little of bini, so i can say 1 - 10 in bini *insert 1-10 here*, i can also say some sentences, like i can say bring water for me to drink in bini *insert bring water for me to drink in bini*, or if you go out and come back home, you greet the person you meet at home *insert greeting here*, also if someone comes back and meets you at home you greet, *insert greeting here* "WELCOME". In Benin, they have family greetings for good morning and in my family we say * insert greeting here*, what else can i say now? anyway i understand.

Like one time during my Undergraduate years, after my first year, i wanted to move to my own apartment so i was looking for an apartment in Benin, i was looking around with my friends, so some of my friends taught me how to speak bini because most of the landlords speak Benin, so in case i wanted to inquire about a vacant apartment id know what to say, *insert bini here* which means excuse me sir i am looking for a house.

I actually try in my understanding of bini and even Yoruba and you cant confuse me.
I'm sure you recognize that my pidgin is actually deep, its not the surface kind because my room mates were people from Warri and Benin and that's were pidgin originated from in Nigeria, which is why my pidgin is deep.

Now that i am in Canada, i have started influencing my friends here, most of them cant speak pidgin, so i speak English to them, thank God my English is very good if not, they would have tagged me as a razz girl, for example, id tell them, "why are you taking it muscular" if someone is angry, my friends have started saying muscular now its actually quite funny.

9 comments:

Sugabelly said...

Thanks!! But you need to add an English transcript for people who don't understand pidgin at all. It's possible that non-Nigerians might want to listen to the challenge and it wouldn't be fair to them if there is no transcript for them to follow along. That's why there's a transcript rule.

BBB said...

@Sugabelly, will do

Myne Whitman said...

Nice one! I think you should have a compilation of pidgin slangs, lol. I've actually never heard of taking it muscular...

Giagerry said...

Ahah!! Laurenta where is my comment?? I can bet I commented right after Sugabelly :(

Blessing said...

You're right about the importance of skills and not just the focus on attaining degrees!

Your pidgin is GREAT o!!!

H said...

U pidgin is too much...they beg me to stop wen I try....lol

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BBB said...

*shy face*

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