Here in Northern Togo not everyone speaks the national language French and the major local language of the village we live in is Anufɔ. So while I am continuing to have French lessons each week, I have also been having Anufɔ lessons and have found that there are a few phrases in the pharmacy that I get to use multiple times every day. While the phrase “Entana biɛsou” (“Please sit down”) is highly useful, the phrase I have become known for is “Kɔtɔkari cɛsse” (“Go and pay at the cashier”). While it can be at times frustrating to master the correct pronunciation of some of the words, seeing the patient’s faces light up when they realise that I am speaking their language always brings a smile to my face.
Now when I enter the market in the middle of Mango I am often greeted by cries of “Kɔtɔkari cɛsse” from the grinning faces of ladies who recognise me from the Pharmacy. So I guess that is my new nick name.
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