Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oral Culture

We are constantly learning about the PNG culture and people. I had an
"Ah ha" moment a while back when I learned that people here are oral
learners. Many time I would be frustrated when somebody I would be
helping would not understand an email or read documentation I had
written. When I realized they learn things by hearing and face to face
contact it made a huge difference. Also it explained why PNG preachers
always repeat their point several times.

People here put a high value on relationships rather than things. They
love to spend time "storying" or sitting around talking and telling stories.

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