When English is more than words or, the international music lesson

Photo courtesy Kaz

Image here and below courtesy Anne



When Anne from Ireland began to tutor teachers in Nangi, Nepal, she was determined to make the experience more than English lessons. That is, to build a genuine friendship. As the months have grown to over a year now, we continue to be awed with the barriers this class has broken.


MY Nangi class and I had a great connection again today—   no internet “blips” (breaks). All five ladies were in attendance.  Following a reading and speaking exercise we had done the previous week on Western classical music and orchestral instruments, the teachers had agreed to teach me about their native musical instruments. (Last week we even listened to a few minutes of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major!)  And what a wonderful exchange we had this week! 
     I was introduced to many of their native Nepali musical instruments through the use of pictures and the ladies typed out the words on Skype Messaging in an English form so that I could learn to pronounce them with their help. 
     Some of the instruments described to me were: the Damaha, the Tabela, the Madal, the Flute, the Damaru and the Drum as shown from left to right in Picture 1.
     Picture 2 shows the Tenkuli, the Jhyali, the Sanahi,
the Thankuri,  the Pyea, the Dhol, the Sarangi and the Aktare. Picture 3 shows the Madal again.
     It was very interesting to see the instruments, some of which are similar to, and some very different from, our Western classical instruments. In Nepal, a selection of these instruments are traditionally played at marriage ceremonies. It is called a “panche baja” when the bride and groom perform a special dance.  (See video below.) 
     Next week we are, by agreement among the ladies, going to focus on some grammar.  We get carried away sometimes!  They have beautiful singing voices, by the way.  Anne


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