Thursday, October 11, 2007

An apt phrase

When our friend Odeth talks, she has a huge store of idiosyncratic phrases, which are often highly descriptive. She is from the east of Rwanda and has worked in Uganda for some time, too, so she speaks English with Ugandan idioms, but in a highly individualised way.
There was a power cut at the office, so work had stopped. She asked where Sheena was and I said that she was at school. “There will be no problem there”, she said, “that is just chalking with children”. It’s a great way of describing so much education here in Rwanda!

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