"Shwiya b shwyia" is Darija (Moroccan Arabic) for “little by little.” It’s how things get done in Morocco … and it's how I'm progressing as a Peace Corps volunteer here, working in youth development.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Now that I have a functioning camera again, I've been trying to add some video to my photo library documenting the past two years. Unfortunately, none of it seems to want to upload to Blogger. Maybe when I get home and the connection is faster? We'll see.
In the meantime, you can meet my new little visitor. Never seen one so tiny.
In other news ....
* Voices of Our Future is an inspirational initiative to encourage women around the globe to become citizen journalists. I've been acting as a "Listener" (evaluator/encourager) during the monthlong application process, in which more than 500 women from 86 countries are writing weekly assignments about how they can change their communities for the better. At month's end, 30 of those women will go on to a more intensive Correspondents program, and I've already signed up to be an "Editorial Midwife," offering mentoring and editing assistance to one participant. Many of the applicants' stories are quite powerful ~ check them out here.
* Nicholas Kristof's Sunday column gives you a chance to test what you think you know about Islam ~ and the Bible. Give it a go; it'll take 5 minutes, and I guarantee you'll learn a thing or two.
* http://www.itgetsbetterproject.com/has some very moving stories, told in support of GLBT teens who are struggling mightily to survive middle and high school. It *does* get better, promise! My only complaint is, why must we expect these kids to just wait out their teen years in promise of a better future. They should have the same chance to enjoy high school as anyone ~ free of bullying and taunting. I'm pretty sure I participated in some level of teasing gay kids (or presumed gay kids) when I was that age. I'm deeply ashamed now. And I don't remember a single adult ever telling us it was stupid or wrong.
I can't post my mailing address or phone number here (for security reasons), but send me an email or leave a blog comment with your contact info, and I'll let you in on the top-secret digits.
I'm also on Skype!
FYI for phone calls: Morocco is 6 hours ahead of Central Standard Time.
Wish list for my dar chebab
ESL picture dictionaries or workbooks
Elementary-level books; beginner novels
DVDs (esp. Wal-E, High School Musical, appropriate kid movies, especially sports themes; cartoons)
Chess/checkers (very cheap @ Target)
Pingpong balls and paddles
Deflated soccer balls or plastic balls
Craft and beading supplies
Darija: Moroccan Arabic Salaam u 3alaykum: “Peace be upon you” (greeting) Wa 3alaykum ssalam: "And upon you peace as well” M’slama: Goodbye (“With peace”) Labas?: Are you well? Kulshi bixir: Everything is great Dar: House Dar chebab: Youth center
Mudhir: Director Shkrn: Thank you WaHHa: OK Mzyn: Good Bzzf: A lot; too much Shwya: Little; less; not enough Inshallah: God willing (“I hope”)
Frxhn: Happy Hshuma: Shameful
The opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not represent the views of the Peace Corps, the U.S. government, the Moroccan government or any other institution.