because whenever I ask how to say something, the person (usually marty) says it quickly and i don’t have a chance to write it out. As far as i can tell, in Blackfoot culture you are expected to learn something the first time you are told. I have trouble with that. I even have trouble understanding english when it is spoken, my brain works better with written words. I usually have to watch somebody’s lips when they speak to me in order to understand what they are talking about, so of course that’s not easy with blackfoot. The words are so long and spoken so quickly, plus there isn’t much lip movement at all (all in the throat and the tip of the tongue)
Marty knows this, but he’s trying to teach me a new way of learning, since not everybody is going to walk me through everything step-by-step for the rest of my life, like i’m used to in school.
But his brother-in-law is white and seems to learn the same way i do. He uses flash cards. I think I’ll ask him if I can borrow them, or at least look them over sometime. 7 years ago