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Reisverslag Day 5: The athletics competition
10 februari 2016
Day 5: The athletics competition
I and Ilse's family stood up early again and left for school at the same time as the days before. We first had admin lesson again, where the teacher gave her opinion about the 'hair' behaviour of the girls. She was upset about the fact that most of the girls don't comb their hair before putting it in a pony tail, so she brought a hairbrush with her for the girls to comb their hair but no one actually did it. Then we had English where we talked about poems with 'apartheid' as a theme, which was really interesting. The teacher talked about her personal experiences with apartheid and there was a discussion going in class about it. After that I had mathematics where they were talking about inverse functions which was really interesting to learn and follow in Afrikaans. Then we had break again and after the break, which they also call 'pauze', we had history and biology. To be honest, the Afrikaans is not hard to follow. It looks very much like the Dutch language and the words differ just a little bit. Some examples:
- the 'z' is a 's'
- the past participle is most of the time exactly the same, they only leave out the 'd' or 't'
- the 'v' is a 'w'
- and the 'ij' is an 'y'
These are just a few examples, there are more differences, but the only minor changes in the words makes it very easy to understand the language. The only real problem is the speed with which they talk and the dialect. They have a very special way of pronouncing their words, it sometimes sounds like Arabic to me.
During history we were allowed to walk around the school so Ilse gave me another tour around the school. Then we had break again and after that we have accountancy, which I didn't understand much of, and Afrikaans, where they had speeches again. It thought it was very cool that they have accountancy as a subject since it's so specific. They also have engineering, which seems like a lot of fun to me (students tell me it is) and I hope I'll be able to go with someone else to that class since Ilse doesn't follow it.
After school the mother of my second host family came to pick me and her daughter, Anya, up because Ilse already went to the athletics competition where she was going to participate in so I spend the afternoon with Anya and her mom. We went to the pottery of Jamie Oliver, where there were the most beautiful plates and bowls I had ever seen and the people who worked there were so friendly. The pottery's called 'Wonki Ware' in George. We then went to their home where we talked for a while and then they brought me back to Ilse's house, which was around 4 o'clock. Ilse's mother and father were waiting for me there to go together to the athletics competition in Oudtshoorn.
The drive to Oudtshoorn was amazing because we had to go through the mountains which was so beautiful. We arrived in Oudtshoorn around 5 where the games already had started. There was this big athletics field with a discus throw, a javelin throw, a long-jump, a high-jump and of course there was running: the 100m, 200m, 400m and relay. Four schools participated in the match and Ilse was running the 200m and 400m. We watched the games from the tribune which was divided into four groups (for four schoold). Ilse's school, who where called the 'Kwaggas', had just as the other schools a big singing and cheering team. There were about 200 students in a yellow T-shirt that sung encouraging songs the whole time. There were five conductors standing in front of the tribune to lead the group. The spirit was amazing and everyone was shouting and cheering the whole time. The games ended at 9 pm and the Kwaggas had won!! (with a big difference in points) I was so tired after that that we went to get some KFC while driving home. I was in bed around 11 pm, which was pretty late. I hope tomorrow I won't be too tired.
17 februari 2016 18:51 | Door: Paps
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