I find it very frustrating that I cannot communicate with the local people. There is only so far you can go with a phrase book, so I have decided to do a few Nepali classes before my TEFL course starts. I am doing 2 hours a day for the next 5 days, which includes the weekend – that is dedication for you! Today, I had my first class and considering how completely useless I am at languages (including my own :)) I think I did OK. It was a one-on-one very basic conversation class at the Kathmandu Institute of Nepali Language. The classroom was quite small and I sat on an old fashion chair with a table built into the arm. My teacher, Muni, was lovely. Today, I just learnt the alphabet sounds, a few simple phrases and the most important sentence: “Yo ke ho?” (“what is this?”), so I can start annoying everyone. The sentence structure is a bit screwy, “Yo ke ho?” actually translates as “this what is?”; the verb must come at the end – my brain is going to hurt!!! I got some homework to do tonight; it reminds of French classes moons ago but hopefully I will do better at Nepali.