Category Archives: Davao Diary

We Went To Malaybalay

This is long.  You have been warned. Malaybalay: ‘ay’ is always pronounced like ‘eye’.  The accent is more often than not on the second to last syllable or not on any syllable, hardly ever on the first in a 3 or more syllable word. Bukidnon- Boo-kid-known, accent on the second syllable, and the known sound […]

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Spring Break

Last week we were gone for a week. We took a 5-7 hour bus ride up into the mountains and stayed for several gloriously peaceful days in a dorm we essentially had entirely to ourselves at a friend of a friend’s small private seminary/college. I planned a few posts in advance, but I haven’t been […]

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Cross cultural communication fail

I really had this conversation with a Filipina woman about my age, a very nice, kind lady. She was asking me how my language studies were going and I said I really was botching the grammar completely, and there were some words I consistently mixed up- tukod (to build) and tahud (reverence or respect). “Oh, […]

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Low Context and High Context cultures

Cultural Divide, Low Context Versus High Context (direct vs indirect) In my opinion and experience, this is the cultural difference that probably causes the most frustration, hurt feelings and misunderstandings. It’s also the most difficult one for me to adapt to- I can understand it in my head, but I can’t see it when it’s […]

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This is my brain on foreign language exposure.

In addition to the work my husband does with kids with disabilities who need extra help, he also works with the following areas/teams/committees: Admissions Child Safety Accreditation Drama He was working with recruiting, but that became too much. Lately he’s putting in 12 hour days and stomping out lots of little fires here and there. […]

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