Well, I got the news yesterday. Next week is a big week for me, and I have to study, study, study. I have my first exam next week.
That’s right, when I had my Bisaya Class yesterday, Bebe (my teacher) informed me that for next week’s class, it’s exam time! We just finished Lesson 9 in my book, and after Lesson 9 there is an exam. I believe the exam is on grammar and also vocabulary. Bebe was particularly emphasizing to me that I need to know my vocabulary, so I expect that it will be the major part of the exam. I feel good about it, though, because I feel like I really know the things that have been taught to me so far. And, on the vocabulary, I feel really comfortable there.
What I am finding on the vocabulary is that I know a lot of the words already. Each week, the lesson will include a list of maybe 20 or so words that I need to learn. When I first look at them, I usually already know at least 10 of them, and sometimes up to 15 out of the 20. That gives me a good head start! I guess that because I have been around the Bisaya language for more than 17 years now, I naturally picked up a lot of words. I just never realized how many I knew! The thing is, I knew these words, but I really didn’t know how to use them in the proper form. Being able to form the proper sentence is very important. Even if you know the words, not being able to put them into a proper sentence renders them useless.
So, over the next week, I will be studying, because I really do want to do well on the exam! Learning Bisaya is something that is important to me, and I am trying to give it the attention that is required. I want to be able to join in more with Filipinos in my area, and by knowing Bisaya that should be easy!
Wish me luck!