Important things we have learned/discovered/realized/experienced lately:
1. Last night we learned a lot about how to address people (anh, chi, em, co, chu, etc...)
.2. Thay Quan taught us how to politely tell people that we need to leave at the conclusion of a teaching appointment.
3. He also taught us how to tell people that we have eaten already so they don't feel obligated to feed us
.4. Then he taught us how to tell people that we don't know how to eat something, which is how Viets express that they do not or will not eat something. Example:"Have some durian.""I don't know how to eat that."
5. Thay Chung thinks durian=death.
6. I will try durian anyway.
7. Then Thay Quan taught us how to tell people that we aren't allowed to do something (e.g. Eat at someone's house.)
8. Earlier in the week, Thay Chung taught us how to ask in Cambodian where Vietnamese people are.
9. As frustrating and sad as it was when our investigators kept leaving to go to Vietnam (Anh Thanh and Chu Khiem were portrayed by Thay Tuan and Thay Kiet, so when our teachers abandoned us, our investigators left too), it's even more sad to tell your investigators that you are leaving them. Yesterday we had to tell Chi Thuy we were going to Cambodia. We told her new missionaries would come after us, and I knew it was really Co Huong who we were talking to, but it was still really sad! I kind of wanted to cry when she asked why we couldn't teach her anymore.
And another list before I have to go:
The coolest thing Thay Tuan taught us: how to barter in Vietnamese.
The coolest thing Thay Kiet taught us: grunting at prices in markets
The coolest thing Co Huong taught us: Cai gi?! (Thing what?!)
The coolest thing Thay Chung taught us: Khong sao! (Don't be tired!)
The coolest thing Thay Quan taught us: I don't know how to eat that.
Excuse me, but I have to go to Cambodia now. The are some Vietnamese people waiting to hear that "God lives. He loves us. His church is back." (Thay Kiet's summary of Lesson 1 in Preach My Gospel).