Papua New Guinea has more than 800 distinct languages, representing more than 10% of all the languages in the world. Luckily I only have to start with one of them: Pidgin English or "Tok Pisin." Pidgin was originally developed from Dutch, German, and English to serve as a trade language for PNG and the surrounding islands. It is now recognized as one of the official languages of PNG.
I finally began my Pidgin studies in October. Or perhaps I should say I resumed my studies, as I had picked up a bit of the language on my previous trips to PNG. My companion is "An Introductory Programmed Course in Tok Pisin" which is a book and cassette tape converted to CD that was put out by the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). I have learned about 20 words and the Pidgin equivalent of "See Spot run" which in PNG is "See the pig run!" So far I am having fun learning a new language, and it seems to be coming along reasonably O.K.
Are there any native speakers out there who are willing to let me practice?