Day 6 – Bujumbura, Burundi (10 November 2011)   3 comments


The team of consultants and the DOOR translation team were blessed with another great day.  Again six stories were completed.  On Friday morning we hope to finish the last three stories.  Our work won’t end then.  We will go back and test the most difficult stories with a different group of people.

In the picture below Tarja (Finland), Moses (Burundi) and one of the testers check the master list of stories.  Yes, there are only three stories left.

Here are some of the discussions we have had.

  • When Lot’s wife turned to salt did it happen all at once or from the feet up or from the head down?
  • What is a concubine?  What is the best way to sign the meaning?

How do we reconcile these two verses?

Ex. 33.20 But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” (NLT)

Num. 12.8 (God says,) “I speak to him (Moses) face to face, directly and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as he is. …” (NLT)

We discussed situations in which two people could speak face to face but not see each other’s face.  One would be if it were too dark and the other is if there were too much light.  We decided the bright light from God’s glory kept him from seeing God’s face.  However, we couldn’t put that in the translation.  The signing made it look like Moses could see God’s face.  After some discussion we decided not to represent Moses as a classifier on the signing stage.  God says something like this, “But when I communicate with Moses I come down to him and speak to him directly.”  It is a subtle change in the signing but we think the meaning is clear.  We can’t add footnotes easily to video translations but we have something called additional information which are like footnotes.

 We had new technology – a video projector.  The group meeting in the dining room, led by Aris (Colombia) got to use it, until the power went off.

So far, as of 5:50 am on Friday, 11 November this Burundi Blog has been seen 258 times.  Thank you.  Please leave a comment if you have time.

Please remember the consultant teams in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.  Most of them do not have good enough internet to post updates.

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Posted 11 November 2011 by prpttccnsltnt in Africa, Burundi 2011, Deaf, Sign Language

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3 responses to “Day 6 – Bujumbura, Burundi (10 November 2011)

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  1. Enjoying the pictures, and particularly enjoyed the story of you dancing, etc. Your explanation about the effects of sleep deprivation is very, very interesting…

  2. Harry, these are great blogs. I am just getting to read them for the first time. I love the expression on Tarja’s face. 🙂

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