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Nov 13, 2009

Smashing snake eggs

Written by Helen E.

malila_team_lg Malila team.
(Mbeya Iringa Cluster - Tanzania)
Before the Malila language committee met to discuss spelling issues, a Tanzanian man told the committee their job was like smashing snake eggs. (This certainly got everyone's attention!) His point was that if you don't want to have any snakes around, the easiest time to kill them is when they are eggs, when they're stationary. It is a lot harder to kill them once they begin slithering around. In the same way, a responsibility of the language committee is to try to address problematic writing issues in the early stages before they get out of control and are unmanageable.


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